Pittsburgh’s African-immigrant group responds to President Donald Trump’s ‘shithole’ comment about African countries
On Jan. 11, President Donald Trump referred to African immigrants who utilize the U.S. lottery system as coming from “shithole countries.” U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), who was in the Jan. 11 meeting discussing immigration with Trump, said during a Jan. 12 press conference that the president’s comments were “hate-filled, vile and racist.”
And locals like Benedict Killang, director of the Union of African Communities of Southwestern Pennsylvania, also condemn Trump’s comments, saying Trump is “going against the values of the United States.” Moreover, Killang, who originally came to the U.S. as a refugee from South Sudan, points out that Trump’s comments are ignorant of the character of immigrants who come from Africa to the U.S.
“It portrays immigrants, and particular Africans, as not capable of doing anything on their own,” says Killang, of Trump’s comments. “Most of the Africans in our region are very educated, and we work very, very hard.…