Polk County is residence to a big Haitian immigrant inhabitants who’re upset with President Trump for his alleged vulgar comment about Haitian migration throughout a DACA assembly on the White Home on Thursday.
“I am considering he has issues with Haitians, he has issues with Africans,” stated Pierre Fraycien Francois, 35. “Mr. Trump ought to apologize.”
Francois stated he moved to Winter Haven eleven years in the past from Haiti and is the President of the Haitian Youth Affiliation of Polk County. The group chief factors out that Haitians personal and function a style retailer, barber store, restaurant and grocery retailer in Winter Haven.
“The rationale why we’re not taking that from you, ‘going again’, as a result of you’re the President of an immigrant nation,” he stated. “We take part on this immigrant nation. You can’t inform us to ‘return’ as a result of we’re a part of this nation.”
Luron Bellezy, 33, stated he moved to Polk County from Haiti two years in the past. Bellezy stated President Trump’s alleged racist remark introduced him to tears.
“I cry slightly bit as a result of anyone disrespect my nation. Any person disrespect my character, my Haitian individuals,” he stated. “We do need the President to apologize to the Haitians as a result of we don’t deserve that… we come right here and we work exhausting.”
President Trump despatched out a tweet on Friday denying he stated something derogatory about Haitians throughout that DACA assembly. Senator Richard Durbin, who attended that very same assembly, stated Mr. Trump’s denial is fake. Durbin stated the President used the hate crammed phrases repeatedly.
The Haiti authorities additionally weighed in calling the President’s migration remark a “racist view of the Haitian group.”
“I do know Trump has been utilizing these racism phrases so many occasions and I’m not stunned,” Francois stated. “We’re not an s-gap nation.”