Joining the chorus of voices denouncing President Donald Trump's remarks about people immigrating to the U.S. from "shithole countries" is the United Nations, with a harsh statement condemning the president's words as assuredly racist.
"If confirmed these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States," spokesperson Rupert Coleville said.
"There is no other word you can use but 'racist'."
"You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as 's***holes', whose entire populations who are not white, are therefore not welcome."
Coleville added that it is the sentiment underlying Trump's word choice that is problematic:
"This isn't just a story about vulgar language, it's about opening the door to humanity's worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia."
Trump's comments came on the heels of his administration's decision to deny continued temporary protected status to two groups that hail from countries he considers lesser:
Haitians became eligible for TPS following a 2010 earthquake that devastated the Caribbean island nation, and from which it is yet to recover. The White House said it will end the designation for Haiti by July 2019.
On 8 January the Department of Homeland Security announced it was ending TPS status for around 200,000 Salvadorans. The privilege was given to El Salvador following a series of earthquakes in 2001.