Ben Carson's Opinion On US Immigration Ban

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Ben Carson's Opinion On US Immigration Ban
US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson has a trailed reaction from internet users for referring to slaves as immigrants "who had a dream" when they travelled to America on boats.

Critics including actor Samuel L Jackson and the NAACP have criticised Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson for the remark about slaves who were captured, taken to America and forced into labour against their will.

Ben Carson who has been in the job for less than a week - made the reference as he addressed department employees for the first time in Washington, DC, on Monday.

A clip of the remark quickly made its way around the internet, where Carson, 65, a retired neurosurgeon originally from Detroit, was blasted by fellow African Americans and the descendants of slaves.

Carson told his staff: "That's what America is about - a land of dreams and opportunity.

There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less.


"But they, too, had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land."

An incredulous Samuel L Jackson wrote on Twitter: "OK!! Ben Carson....I can't! Immigrants ? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS??!! MUTHAF**** PLEASE!!!"

The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) seemed just as stunned, tweeting: "Immigrants???"

Another Twitter user wrote: "Those who came here 'in the bottom of slave ships' were not 'immigrants' nor IN PURSUIT of their 'dreams and opportunity'.

"They were people forcibly enslaved by other people who denied their humanity. Stop romanticizing human bondage & atrocity."

Author and filmmaker Tariq Nasheed added: "Ben Carson said slaves were immigrants who came over here & worked for less. By 'came' you mean FORCED and by 'less' you mean NOTHING ."

Chelsea Clinton, whose mother, Hillary, lost to Trump in last November's election, wrote: "This can't be real. Slaves were not & are not immigrants. 2017."

Carson sought the Republican presidential nomination but suspended his campaign after Super Tuesday in March 2016 after failing to win any primaries.

He later endorsed Trump for president.
Carson was a controversial pick for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development as he has never held public office before and critics argued he doesn't have the credentials or experience needed to run a federal department.

He was confirmed by the US Senate on March 2.

But I believe America is on its route of becoming a far greater Nation.


Ben Carson's Opinion On US Immigration Ban
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