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President Trump’s comments on Haiti, El Salvador and African nations

By Oxfam
Activists protesting the executive order barring refugees from the US on Sunday, January 29 in Boston's Copley Square. Photo: Lauren Levine / Oxfam

According to multiple reports, in an oval office meeting on Thursday, President Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “sh*thole countries,” questioning why the US would see any value in welcoming people from those countries to the US.

“The comments made by the President of the United States yesterday afternoon are racist, repugnant, and run directly counter to our values as Americans,” said Abby Maxman, President of Oxfam America.

“My Oxfam colleagues and I have spent many years working and living in many of the places to which the President was referring— Haiti, Ethiopia, South Sudan and post-genocide Rwanda, just to name a few,” said Maxman. Throughout my twenty years as a humanitarian, I have seen strong, resilient people face humanitarian disasters, conflicts, and poverty and still find the courage and strength to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

“Some of these people then make the brave decision to leave their homes and countries to safely build a new life for themselves in the United States. Millions have then gone on to make tremendous contributions to the United States, revitalizing the communities in which they live, and weaving deeply into the multicultural fabric of the United States.”

Read Abby Maxman’s full statement.

Oxfam continues to advocate for and with refugees, TPS holders, and the resilient people around the world who we work with every day. One of our proudest American legacies is welcoming refugees, and immigrants. This is who are, who have been, and who we should be. Congress should not follow the President in his abhorrent views and should immediately pass legislation that creates a solution for the tens of thousands of TPS holders and DACA recipients currently trapped in limbo, putting all of them on a permanent path towards citizenship.