The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and the House Judiciary Committee — led by CBC Chairman Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.) and ranking member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) — introduced Thursday a resolution to censure President Trump for racist comments he allegedly made about Haiti and African countries during a bipartisan meeting last week on immigration policy.
The resolution, which currently has nearly 150 Democratic co-sponsors, specifically censures Trump for questioning whether Haitians needed to be included in the compromise and allegedly referring to African countries as “sh–holes” or “sh–houses.”
“We were deeply disturbed and offended by President Trump’s remarks regarding Haiti and African countries,” the CBC and Judiciary said in a joint statement. “The countries he called ‘sh–holes’ produce immigrants that are remarkable and make significant contributions to our country. A high percentage of those immigrants have college degrees and when they get here they create businesses and jobs. … We have to show the world that this president does not represent the real feelings of most of the American people, which is part of the reason why he lost the popular vote.”
The Democrats also lashed out at Trump for suggesting that instead of accepting immigrants from predominately Black Haiti and African countries, the U.S. should instead allow more immigration from predominately white countries such as Norway.
“Haitians, why do we need more Haitians? Take them out,” Trump reportedly said during the meeting.
American immigration policy cannot and should not be guided in any way, shape or form by racism, the lawmakers said in their statement.
“We will be asking Republican leadership to bring our resolution of censure up for swift consideration and approval,”. Congress must speak with one voice in condemning these offensive and anti-American remarks. There is no excuse for it.”
In addition to Richmond and Nadler, co-sponsors include House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn, House Democratic Chairman Joe Crowley, and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.
“Donald Trump’s history of divisive, bigoted, and racist remarks is nothing new — goes back a long way, from his discrimination towards minority tenants in New York City in the early 1970s, to his racist comments in a full page ad against the innocent Central Park Five in the late 1980s,” Nadler said. “What makes this more dangerous now is that as president, Trump’s views and comments guide U.S. policy, and we must step up and speak out to prevent Trump’s racism and despicable rhetoric from defining who we are as a country, the way we deal with each other, and how we interact with the world.
“He knowingly and willingly associates and plays to extremist and divisive figures and rhetoric — seen throughout the campaign at his rallies, and in his appointment of people like Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller, who help him appease the nationalist, alt-right elements in his base and in our society,” he said.