Luma Simms is a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center; her essays and articles have appeared in First Things, Public Discourse, The Federalist, Institute for Family Studies, and other publications.

Trump's Rhetoric on Haiti is the Kind of Thing that Will Turn This Country Into a Sh******

The media is ablaze over the question President Trump reportedly asked lawmakers in an oval office meeting on immigration Thursday: “Why are we having all these people from sh-thole countries come here?”

To Trump’s question I would respond: Mr. President, there are sh-thole countries around the world. There are terrible countries where governments are corrupt, people are expendable, dignity is nonexistent, the population is uncared for and uneducated, infrastructure is missing, and those who have power and money basically own those who don’t. In these countries life is bleak, and suffering is so overwhelming that often the only options are death or flight.

In the country of Iraq where I was born, and which my latent love of motherland will only allow me to call a quasi-sh-thole, there are currently 3 million internally displaced people, more than 8 percent of the population. Across the Middle East there are millions of refugees in camps because someone believed they were worthless.

These countries exist in this state because somewhere in the hierarchy of their societies, a critical mass of people are okay with the degradation of humanity, okay with dismissing lives as worthless. America might not be there yet. But it seems that you and some of your colleagues are approaching that same kind of contempt for humanity.

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