Eva Hassett among those criticizing President Trump for his alleged comments at a DACA meeting (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

WNY Immigration Advocacy Groups Criticize Trump's Alleged Comments

President denounced comments on Twitter

Mike Baggerman
January 12, 2018 - 5:38 pm
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Western New York Refugee Asylee Consortium members criticized President Trump on Friday following his controversial "shit-hole" comment he allegedly said at a bi-partisan DACA meeting on Thursday.

"We disagree strongly with the implications of the president's words," Eva Hassett, Executive Director of the International Institute of Buffalo, said. "We welcome our immigrant and refugee neighbors, value their presence highly and stand with them as they continue to change our region for the better."

Representatives from Catholic Charities, Jewish Family Service, Journey's End Refugee Services, and Jericho Road Community Health Center made similar comments.

The president has since denied he made the claims.

"It's very difficult now to discern what to believe and what not to believe," Marlene Schillinger, President and CEO of Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County, said. "It's on the news. We're reacting to it. Whether or not it's true, there must be - You know how jokes are half meant? So anything you really say I would think everyone knows he really means. It isn't good of an american citizen to not react to that. We are being represented by this president and I can say publicly that I don't share that."

Dennis Walczyk, CEO of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, said refugees have led to Buffalo's renaissance.

"Here in Buffalo, we realize how much immigrants and refugees contribute to the vibrancy and growth of our community," he said. "We want them to know we continue to stand by them as neighbors, friends, and supporters."

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