Rep. Love calls Trump's remarks ‘unkind, divisive and elitist'

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) - Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT) responded to comments President Donald Trump made about the state of U.S. immigration.

According to reports, Trump expressed frustration with people coming to the U.S. from “s***hole” countries in reference to Haiti and several African countries.

Trump then suggested he’d prefer more immigrants “from countries like Norway,” the report said.

Representative Mia Love (R-UT) who is the daughter of Haitian immigrants rebuked Trump’s words calling them “unkind, divisive, and elitist.” Love released the following statement:

"The President's comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation's values. This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation. My parents came from one of those countries but proudly took an oath of allegiance to the United States and took on the responsibilities of everything that being a citizen comes with. They never took a thing from our federal government. They worked hard, paid taxes, and rose from nothing to take care of and provide opportunities for their children. They taught their children to do the same. That's the American Dream. The President must apologize to both the American people and the nations he so wantonly maligned."

In a statement, the White House did not deny that Trump made the remarks. 

"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people. The President will only accept an immigration deal that adequately addresses the visa lottery system and chain migration- two programs that hurt our economy and allow terrorists into our country. 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. He will always reject temporary, weak and dangerous stop-gap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway," said Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah. 

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