From The Washington Post:
By Josh Dawsey | January 12, 2018 | 7:52 AM
President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to several people briefed on the meeting.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers.
Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met with Wednesday. The president, according to a White House official, also suggested he would be open to more immigrants from Asian countries because he felt that they help the United States economically.
In addition, the president singled out Haiti, telling lawmakers that immigrants from that country must be left out of any deal, these people said.
“Why do we need more Haitians?” Trump said, according to people familiar with the meeting. “Take them out.”
There’s more at the original.
The Democrats were gleefully, self-righteously aghast, of course, and the left has piled on with the obvious claims, ‘Donald Trump is a raaaaacist!’ Thankfully not-President Hillary Clinton tweeted:
The anniversary of the devastating earthquake 8 years ago is a day to remember the tragedy, honor the resilient people of Haiti, & affirm America’s commitment to helping our neighbors. Instead, we‘re subjected to Trump’s ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn’t look like him.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 12, 2018
NBC News dug up another story, which supposedly confirms that the President is a racist. There are so many that to link them all would be a waste of time.
Two things are very apparent:
- President Trump has no ‘filter;’ and
- President Trump was right.
President Trump says what he thinks, without seeming to worry or care how others will take his words. He is very, very different from past politicians, in ways that the Washington elites — of both parties — still cannot grasp, but in ways his base very much appreciates.
And in describing Haiti, in particular, as a ‘shithole,’ he was telling the truth. Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the island of Hispaniopla, the second largest island in the Caribbean, but they are very different.
The U.N. ranks the Dominican Republic 90th out of 182 countries on its human-development index, which combines a variety of welfare measurements; Haiti comes in at 149th. In the Dominican Republic, average life expectancy is nearly 74 years. In Haiti, it’s 61. You’re substantially more likely to be able to read and write if you live in the eastern two-thirds of Hispaniola, and less likely to live on less than $1.25 a day.
The reasons are varied: different cultures, different languages and different political histories. Both countries are majority non-white, though the racial demographics are different: Haiti is 95% black, and 5% either white or mixed race, while the Dominican Republic is 73% mixed race, 16% black and 11% white. Because of this, the President’s comments were immediately attacked as racist. When Mr Trump asked about having more immigrants from Norway, a very ‘white’ country, there was simply more fodder for the left.
The cited Time article states that the island’s terrain gives less rainfail, but Port-au-Prince’s annual 54 inches is not significantly different from Santo Domingo’s 57. There is little physical reason why the two nations should have such disparate economic results, but there certainly is a cultural one.
Haiti is poor, and getting poorer. When Haitians immigrate to the United States, they are unlikely to have the employment skills that would fit well into the American economy. More Haitian immigrants means, to put it bluntly, more welfare recipients.
Norwegians? Norwegians, and Europeans in general, are far more likely to be decently educated, share Western cultural values, and be able to fit in to the American economy. Obviously there will be differences among individuals, but, in general, immigration from European countries would be far more beneficial to our economy and our society.
The United States ran a wryly ironic deficit in FY2017, $666 billion, and we’re looking at yet another half-trillion deficit for the current year; how does it make any sense at all to allow the immigration of people who will more probably wind up on some form of public assistance? The President expressed it poorly, but he was still right.