People from 'sh*thole countries' share their accomplishments to prove Trump wrong
Yesterday President Trump met with lawmakers to try to work out a deal to help "dreamers" - undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. Thanks to DACA - the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - 700,000 dreamers were granted short-term passes, so they could live and work in the country without fear of deportation. It seemed like a great program, garnering support from both parties. So, of course Donald Trump randomly killed it last September, throwing hundreds of thousands of lives into turmoil. Now he's scrambling to clean up his own mess, which nobody wanted him to make in the first place. (Ah, the art of the deal!)
Unfortunately, the biggest news out of yesterday's meeting was not an agreement on common-sense immigration legislation; it was the president making another big, dumb, xenophobic comment. Lawmakers suggested offering visas to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries such as Nicaragua. However, Trump scoffed at the proposal, asking, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Instead, he said the U.S.A. "should have more people from places like Norway." On Twitter, Norwegians wrote some pretty hilarious responses, saying they'd never want to move to America, because Norway has universal health care, gun control and free education.
Now people from all those 'shithole countries' are sharing their accomplishments on Twitter to prove Donald Trump wrong. When you scroll through the thread, you see responses from a variety of hard-working students, who describe themselves as future doctors, psychologists, neurosurgeons, journalists, news editors, and publicists. They have multiple degrees, speak multiple languages and participate in humanitarian work. Many of them are first generation immigrants to the United States, or the first person in their families to go to college. Pretty impressive, for coming from a "shithole country."
It's unlikely Donald Trump will ever change his way of thinking, unless he suddenly has an epiphany at age 71. But hopefully these responses will change other people's minds. You might think Trump's comment is dumb, but a lot of people agree with him. Fox News correspondent Jesse Waters even defended the president, arguing "this is how the forgotten man and woman in America talk at the bar." (Sounds like a pretty terrible bar). Other pundits claimed that Trump was correct to call Haiti and El Salvador "shitholes" because of their poor economies. Journalist Jonathan Katz responded on Twitter, explaining why such specious arguments reveal racism and a total ignorance of the issues.
But perhaps the best response to Trump's "shithole" comment came from John Avlan, the editor-in-chief for The Daily Best. He wrote, "Worth noting that today is Alexander Hamilton’s Birthday - you know, the immigrant kid who came from the shithole of Nevis to create the USA."
But hey, maybe America should get some more immigrants from "places like Norway." How many of you Europeans want to live in a country without universal health care, where the president calls other countries "shitholes"? Going once...twice...three times...