From the LA Times (my bold):
“What do we want Haitians here for?” the president asked, according to the people briefed. “Why do we want all these people from Africa here? Why do we want all these people from shithole countries?”
The president added: “We should have people from places like Norway.”
Asked about the president’s use of the slur, the White House did not deny it, but issued a statement saying Trump would “always fight for the American people.”
While cruder and blunter than his past public statements, the president’s comments were in keeping with his long-standing position that the United States should shift its immigration policy away from poorer, developing countries, and instead focus on carefully selecting educated immigrants, especially from Europe, who can already speak English and have professional or technical skills needed in the United States.
It’s not the first time Trump has made disparaging comments about foreigners and members of minority groups. He has frequently characterized Muslims as terrorists and opened his presidential campaign calling Mexican immigrants “rapists.”
Trump’s statement was met with quick condemnation.
“Immigrants from countries across the globe — including and especially those from Haiti and all parts of Africa — have helped build this country,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). “They should be welcomed and celebrated, not demeaned and insulted.”
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox, who has frequently sparred with Trump over his negative comments about Mexico, tweeted: “Your mouth is the foulest shithole in the world.”
Albert Saint Jean, a Haitian American organizer with the New York-based Black Alliance for Just Immigration, called Trump’s comments appalling and insulting.
Saint Jean’s group advocates on behalf of immigrants from countries across Africa and the Caribbean, including many Haitians. If Trump was referring to those countries as impoverished, he said, that impoverishment is a result of the U.S. and European powers’ legacy of involvement there.
“When these people come here, they create very productive communities and contribute to major economies like Miami, New York and Boston,” he said. “It’s showing the total lack of understanding he has of global policy.”
We are to believe that those countries send us their best and brightest. How often have we heard that? And it’s true; generally speaking, the most successful members of shithole countries are the ones able to migrate to America*.
Which leads to an obvious question:
If the best, and brightest, of shithole countries are leaving, what sort of effect will this have on those countries?
The answer is obvious: Such brain-drain will increase the shithole-ness of those countries. By encouraging such migration, the Establishment Left is creating the very scenario they bash Trump for bringing attention to.
But it gets even worse. Also from the LA Times:
Salvadorans forced to return home will face one of the most dangerous places on the planet
… Not all Salvadoran migrants have enjoyed protected status. Since the end of El Salvador’s civil war in 1992, the U.S. has deported massive numbers of Guanacos. Among them are so-called irregular migrants who served jail sentences in the U.S. The deportees quickly set up chapters of violent street gangs such as the MS-13 and Barrio 18 in fragile, postwar El Salvador.
Now people such as Rosa Maria will be thrown into the mix. El Salvador is a dynamic and beautiful country. But its cities and towns are among the most dangerous on the planet; criminal gangs are responsible for widespread extortion of businesses and horrific acts of violence on a daily basis. This is precisely why thousands of Salvadorans try to reach the U.S. every year.
It’s a “dynamic and beautiful country” – except that its people are murdering each other at alarming rates. According to Wikipedia:
There are an estimated 25,000 gang members at large in El Salvador; another 9,000 are in prison. The best-known gangs, called maras in colloquial Salvadoran Spanish, are Mara Salvatrucha and their rivals Calle 18; maras are hunted by death squads, including Sombra Negra. Newer rivals include the rising mara, The Rebels 13. Criminal youth gangs dominate life in El Salvador; an estimation of at least 60,000 young people belong to gangs. El Salvador experiences some of the highest murder rates in Latin America; it is also considered an epicenter of the gang crisis, along with Guatemala and Honduras.
I’d be curious to know exactly what would qualify as a shithole according to the LA Times. Just how bad does it have to be? Can they point to any spot on the map, and admit that it’s a shithole? If not, then we can only conclude that they deny the existence of shitholes altogether. Obviously, Trump does not agree, and neither do the rest of us.
* Which is not to say they’re an overall asset to our country.