Trump: we want immigrants ‘from everywhere’ to come to US

US President Donald Trump smiles during his meeting with his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in the Oval office at the White House in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. (AFP)
Updated 17 January 2018
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Trump: we want immigrants ‘from everywhere’ to come to US

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wants immigrants to come to the United States “from everywhere,” according to participants at a White House meeting — a remark in stark contrast with his alleged denunciation of immigration from “shithole countries” last week.
“We want them to come in from everywhere,” the president said when asked about immigration policy during an Oval Office meeting with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
But the controversy over Trump’s reported slur on January 11 raged on in Washington, as Republicans and Democrats attempt to reach a compromise on the fate of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.
Brought to the US illegally as children and granted temporary status under former president Barack Obama, Trump ended the program for so-called “Dreamers” in September.
Since the controversy erupted, Trump has not explicitly denied referring to African countries and Haiti as “shitholes,” but has said, without offering details, that he did not use the language attributed to him.
On Twitter, Trump hit out at Democrat Senator Dick Durbin, who was present at last week’s meeting and insisted the president used the slur repeatedly.
“Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust!” he wrote Monday evening.
“We need a merit based system of immigration, and we need it now!” he added Tuesday.


Daesh-aligned groups warn of more attacks in Western nations

Daesh actions also included and attack in France in 2015, where Stade de France and the Bataclan theatre were targeted. (AFP)
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Daesh-aligned groups warn of more attacks in Western nations

  • “Australia, don’t think you are away from our attacks,” read one poster
  • Australia is a member of the US-led coalition that has been fighting Daesh in Syria and Iraq since 2014

SYDNEY: Groups aligned with Daesh have warned of further attacks on Australia and other Western nations in online posters featuring the deadly lone wolf stabbing rampage in Melbourne last week.

“Australia, don’t think you are away from our attacks,” read one poster, which showed a photo of a vehicle the Melbourne attacker set alight during his attack last Friday.

The SITE Intelligence Group which monitors terror threats said the graphic was issued on Wednesday by a foundation, which is aligned with the Daesh.

Another graphic posted online and distributed by SITE showed an image drawn from social media showing the Melbourne attacker, Hassan Khalid Shire Ali, trying to stab a policeman before he was fatally shot.

A text overlay on the image says: “Melbourne today — What is the next city tomorrow??!”

Shire Ali stabbed and killed one man during the incident and wounded two others before being killed by police.

Australian police characterized the attack as “terrorism” and said the 30-year-old Somali-born Shire Ali was inspired by Daesh, but acted alone and had no known ties to the group.

On the day of the attack, Daesh said via its propaganda arm that Shire Ali was a Daesh fighter and carried out the operation, but provided no evidence to back its claim.

Australia is a member of the US-led coalition that has been fighting Daesh in Syria and Iraq since 2014.

The terrorists took large swathes of Syria and Iraq that year, proclaiming a “caliphate” across land it controlled.

But the group has since lost most of that territory to multiple offensives on both sides of the border.