On a day when Haitians planned to mourn the dead, outrage swept across the country over Trump reportedly describing Haiti and countries in Africa as "s-hole countries" during an Oval Office meeting on the eve of the anniversary of the 2010 quake.
Trump mentioned Norway in derogatory comments about other countries of migration as US senators briefed him on Thursday on a newly drafted bipartisan immigration bill, according to two sources who asked not to be identified.
The administration announced a year ago that it would end a temporary residency permit program that allowed almost 60,000 Haitians to live and work in the U.S.in the wake of a devastating 2010 quake.
Many other musicians, including rappers Lupe Fiasco, Chuck D, and El-P have also tweeted their own responses to the President's remarks.
Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.
The White House has also led a almost yearlong campaign to reduce the number of refugees allowed into the United States, as part of broader immigration restriction efforts.
Vice President Joe Biden too felt compelled to challenge President Trump for his racist rhetoric saying 'We're better than this'. "Worse, it's ignorant of American ideals".
"It was so disturbing this morning to hear President Trump's comments reported all over the news calling my poor native land and African countries "s...hole" nations", Jean said in a statement to The Canadian Press. "I'll take a downtrodden Haitian, Salvadoran or African who hungers for and will defend freedom and opportunity in America over a privileged bigot who'd sell our liberty to the highest bidder any day", he said. Trump used the words "repeatedly", the senator said.
Among others, United Nations spokesperson Rupert Coleville said Trump's reported word choice to refer to nations of non-white people is unequivocally "racist". "To me he doesn't seem like a president".
Trump, the senators said, "brought everyone to the table this week and listened to both sides". Trump wasn't apologetic about his inflammatory remarks and denied he was racist, instead, blaming the media for distorting his meaning, the confidant said. "Trump has to go", Marie Lourdes St. John Beaute, spokesperson with the immigration advocacy group KOMOKODO, said.
On Friday, Cardinal Blase Cupich tweeted: "Grateful for Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable, "Founder of Chicago"-and Haitian immigrant".
"There are nearly 800,000 young DACA beneficiaries who are facing imminent deportation in March if we don't reach a deal", he said.
As Durbin was describing for the president which immigrants with the protected status would receive relief under the diversity visa program, he mentioned a few examples, including Haiti.