Baltimore, MD –The NAACP is outraged at reports that in a June meeting with then Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, Domestic Policy Adviser, Stephen Miller, and other administration officials, President Trump said of Haitian immigrants that they “all have AIDS,” and that Nigerian immigrants would never “go back to their huts” in Africa.
“If these reports are true, it is utterly disgraceful that the President holds these views,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO. “There is nothing correct about these foolish and uninformed perspectives about Haitians and Nigerians – and by extension all peoples of African descent. The practice of inclusion is essential to our democracy. Yet, again and again, President Trump and his administration have shown a lack of understanding of the entrepreneurial, economic, and cultural contributions of immigrants of color.”
From ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections to the suspension of the Temporary Protected Status program for nearly 59,000 Haitian immigrants, it is evident that the President’s sole focus is to further demonize non-white immigrants. The NAACP will not let stand these efforts by the Trump administration to marginalize and ostracize immigrants of color.