Democratic Senator Dick Durbin claimed that he told President Donald Trump that the term “chain migration” is racist against African Americans.
In a press gaggle interview on Friday, Durbin said that Trump definitely referred to African countries and Haiti as “shithole countries” during a private meeting on immigration.
Durbin also took offense to Trump’s use of the term “chain migration,” which refers to the ability of immigrants to bring their extended family into the United States.
According to Durbin, the term is racist and offensive to African Americans because it is reminiscent of slaves being transported to the United States in chains.
“I said to the president, ‘do you realize how painful that term is to so many people? African Americans believe they migrated to America in chains, and when you speak to chain migration it hurts them personally,'” Durbin explained. “He said, ‘oh that’s a good line.'”