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Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY): America Has Become 'a Spectacle for the Rest of the World'

January 12, 2018

President Trump is in hot water after reportedly calling Haiti, El Salvador, and some African Countries "shitholes" in a closed-door immigration meeting with members of Congress. The President denies he used this language, but Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) was in the room during the meeting and says he heard President Trump speak those words.

Congressman Adriano Espaillat represents the 13th district of New York and urges Republican leaders to condemn the president's remarks. He believes President Trump's actions are embarrassing to all Americans, no matter the party affiliation. The Congressman says he is unfortunately not surprised to hear the President would make such remarks.

"This is not a Republican problem, nor Democratic or Independent problem," the Congressman said. "This is an American issue to have the executive of our great nation speaking those terms. It's totally unacceptable."

Rep. Espaillat says immigration progress on Capitol Hill is slowed by the President's comments, despite agreement that "Dreamers" here under the Obama Era DACA policy should be protected.