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After Haiti Remark, Mia Love Gets Oval Office Meeting With POTUS

Love shares a photo of a recent visit to Haiti. The Republican is the first and only Haitian-American elected to Congress.

Congresswoman Mia Love met with President Donald Trump on Tuesday, just two days after she issued a strong rebuke of the president for his vulgar remarks on Haitians and Africans. 

The Utah Republican called the half-hour meeting "substantive and productive." Love's office said she and the president discussed border security and the urgency of finding bipartisan agreement on immigration reform. 

That includes a solution for DACA, which protects young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Nearly 10,000 Utahns are DACA recipients. President Trump announced he would end the program last fall. 

"I believe Congress can solve the vast majority of the immigration issues the nation faces," said Love in a press release. "There is already agreement on many important aspects. We need to fight against those who have a vested interest in keeping immigration a wedge issue."  

Something that did not come up, however, were Trump's recent derogatory comments about accepting people from what he described as "shithole" countries like Haiti. Love is the daughter of Haitian immigrants and the first and only Haitian-American elected to Congress. 

Love said she believed that Trump's remarks were racist and called on him to apologize during an appearance Sunday on CNN's State of the Union. But a spokesman said Love did not bring the episode up with the president on Tuesday, opting instead on pushing for an immigration fix.

"The Congresswoman chose to focus on moving the issue forward, and being part of the discussion and hopefully a solution on immigration reform/DACA," said spokesman Richard Piatt in an email.  

Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she intends to continue preaching the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging with her beagle Bodhi, taking pictures of her food and watching Patrick Swayze movies.
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