“If this report is true, it is absolutely wrong to say or think this. I do not think this way, nor do I agree with this kind of sentiment. I represent Florida, and we are an amazing melting pot where over 250 languages are spoken.
“I work every day to make this the most welcoming state for everyone – Haitians, Cubans, Venezuelans, and others from all around the world that call Florida home. I’m incredibly proud of our diversity.” – Governor Rick Scott
President Donald Trump sparked outrage Thursday after reportedly referring to Africa and Haiti as “shithole countries” during a bipartisan meeting focused on immigration reform.
Here’s an excerpt from a report by The Los Angeles Times:
“What do we want Haitians here for?” the president asked, according to the people briefed. “Why do we want all these people from Africa here? Why do we want all these people from shithole countries?”
Senator Campbell, who has been an outspoken critic of the uncertainty exhibited by the Trump Administration over whether and how long to extend any temporary status thus far granted to these refugees, said that the governor, despite his longstanding support of the President and his policies, cannot stand by in silence.“Immigrants are the backbone of this nation, and this state,” she said. “Over the centuries, they have fled famine, political unrest, and tyrants, risking their lives to begin anew in this country. Governor Scott owes every immigrant, and every refugee in this state an obligation to condemn President Trump’s loathsome remarks.”
Florida is home to more Haitians than any other state, and Trump’s decision to end temporary protective status for Haitians could affect nearly 60,000 Haitians now residing in the Sunshine State.