Is Immigration Reform in the Crapper?

The president uses some, shall we say, colorful language to frame the immigration debate.

Well, that didn't last long.

President Trump, fresh off bipartisan kudos for his mastery of Tuesday's immigration meeting with Congressional Republicans and Democrats, has apparently reverted true to form in a closed-door meeting today, during which he...

Aw, forget it. I couldn't do him justice anyway. Here's how the Washington Post characterized it:

President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they floated restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to two people briefed on the meeting.

"Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?" Trump said, according to these people, referring to African countries and Haiti. He then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met Wednesday.

Well, then. How to defend this? If I were a member of the White House comms team, I might say that people are treating the word "sh*thole" like it's a bad thing. I mean, lots of people come from sh*itholes and have fond memories of them. Why, my first apartment in college was a real sh*ithole, but that didn't stop me from having fun there.

And who among us hasn't found wit and wisdom in the graffiti scrawled on the bathroom door of some sh*ithole gas station somewhere? Besides, all the best country music is about getting sh*itfaced in some sh*ithole honky tonk--and as residents of New Jersey can attest, you don't have to travel very far to find some get-u-ine sh*itholes right here in the good ol' U S of A!

So I don't think the president really has a problem here, not if he handles it right. If Hope Hicks has any questions, just have her give me a call!

The President just verbalized what most of us are already thinking. . . Giller, you can add DC to that list of sh*tholes.


The President spoke what many, many Americans think. We are tired of taking in and paying for immigrants. We are going broke. And we don’t even take care of our own citizens.


Haiti is a s**t show. Are we so far gone that we can't speak the truth and call things as they are? By not calling it as it is make it more palatable? Is it kinder? Obfuscating the truth won't make it go away. I say close down any immigration for at least two years while we get our act together.


See my response under why Trump will not accomplish anything.