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James Stavridis

Trump's Immigration Slurs Make America Less Safe

Those countries the president denigrated are vital partners against terrorism and drug trafficking.
Future West Pointer?

Future West Pointer?

Photographer: Thony Belizaire/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump’s vulgar comments at an Oval Office meeting on Thursday -- which he is now somewhat denying, despite highly credible reporting from several people in the room, including a Democratic senator -- have not only done significant moral damage to a nation already terribly divided over race. They also reverberate through the international scene. This just makes the jobs of our men and woman around the world -- service members, diplomats, aid workers and so on -- much harder, in turn making all of us less safe. 

According to several participants in the conference on immigration reform, the president asked why we would want to bring people to the U.S. from “shithole" countries, apparently referring to African nations and Central American states like El Salvador. He specifically mentioned our hemisphere's poorest country: “Why would we want more Haitians here?”