Avril has strong ties to Haiti: His parents emigrated from there, and he’s been building a house there for each sack he’s recorded over the last two seasons.
Athletes of Haitian descent took issue with reported comments Thursday by President Donald Trump, who asked during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”
Trump was referring to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, and as The Post reported, he singled out Haiti. “Why do we need more Haitians?” Trump reportedly said, while insisting that they be omitted from any bipartisan immigration deal. “Take them out.”
The parents of Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril immigrated from Haiti. Their charitable foundation aims in part to “provide educational support and opportunities to youth in Haiti.”
“As a proud descendant of Haiti, I’m disappointed by the divisive words from the President,” Avril wrote on Twitter. “Haitians and others have contributed to this country and should be able to continue to do so.”
He also earlier reacted to tweets about Trump’s comments by Britt McHenry. The former ESPN reporter, who has become a conservative media figure, had said, “Let’s be real, people: 38,000 Haitian people live in make-shift camps. US Department of State assessed Port-au-Prince as a ‘critical-threat’ location for crimes towards Americans. High crime rate.
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“But, by all means, harp on Trump’s description & not the actual problems,” McHenry added.
“Have you actually been there?” Avril replied. “Propaganda at its finest!”
Avril retweeted another Twitter user’s comments that Haiti is a “constitutional republic in the Caribbean that fought for its independence (and won) and ended slavery a full 60 years before we did,” and that the country has “an amazing history full of wonderful people who we should have compassion and respect for.” The Seattle player, who last year made good on a promise to build a house in Haiti for each of the 12 sacks he notched in 2016, said of immigrants to America, “Haitians are part of the people that came to the country to help make it great!”
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