President Donald Trump on Sunday declared as "probably dead" an Obama-era program offering protected immigration status to thousands of immigrants who entered the country as children even after his administration announced hours earlier it would adhere to a federal court order temporarily reinstating the program.
The meeting provided an opportunity for the U.S. Embassy to reiterate its "commitment to working with South Africa to achieve shared goals and strengthen our bilateral ties", embassy spokeswoman Cindy Harvey said in a statement.
But in a revealing detail, South Africa was unable to summon the US ambassador for the formal protest on Monday - because Mr. Trump has never bothered to appoint an ambassador in South Africa.
The governments of Haiti, Botswana and Senegal also summoned United States diplomats in those countries in the past few days.
Despite accounting for only about 13 percent of the population, immigrants now start more than a quarter of new businesses in this country.
The president also questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the USA, according to people who were briefed on the conversation but were not authorised to describe the meeting publicly.
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The union further demanded "a retraction of the comment as well as an apology, not only to the Africans, but to all people of African descent around the globe".
"We do not recall the President saying these comments specifically but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest".
The envoys released a joint statement Friday after an emergency meeting was held to address the issue.
Department spokesman Clayson Monyela said in a statement that both countries noted in Monday's meeting, which coincidentally fell on Martin Luther King Day in the United States, that Africa and the African diaspora had contributed significantly to the US.
Other governments in Africa have also responded angrily.
On Friday, President Trump tweeted a convoluted denial about his alleged choice of words, which triggered a global firestorm of criticism. "Africa and the black race deserve the respect and consideration of all".
Trump's remarks on Thursday about the "s--hole countries" of the African continent were a success for him, at least in his eyes.