A group of immigrant rights activists marched across the Brooklyn Bridge in support of the Haitian community and other immigrants on Friday (see videos below). After protestors gathered outside the Trump building on Wall Street, hundreds of Haitian immigrants and others marched from Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan, to protest the words President Donald J. Trump is accused of using to describe Haiti and African nations during an Oval Office meeting on immigration last week.
ABC7-NY reports: The group “18-04 Movement for All Immigrants” was formed last week in response to President Trump’s remarks about Haitian and African immigrants. They are calling on President Donald Trump to make a public apology to all Haitians, Africans, and African-Americans. They also want permanent U.S. residency for all holders of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) currently in the U.S.
Adding fuel to their fire, the Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday that people from Haiti, Belize and Samoa are no longer eligible to apply for H-2A and H-2B visas for seasonal and farmworker jobs. The department said the nations had a high rate of fraud, abuse and people overstaying their visa’s time limits.
Last Thursday, the president was reportedly puzzled over why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “sh**hole countries” in Africa. Following the initial reports of the meeting, Trump said “this was not the language used” and insisted he “never said anything derogatory about Haitians.” He also told reporters, “I’m not a racist.”
As for the visa’s, between October 2015 and September 2016, 65 Haitians were allowed into the U.S. with seasonal farmworker visas. The number of Haitians who came into the country with nonagricultural visas was not disclosed by the government, according to ABC7-NY.
— Derick Waller (@wallerABC7) January 19, 2018