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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    One cannot help but be sickened and disgusted by the Republican leadership's craven and cowardly refusal to stand up against Trump's threats to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and thereby plunge this country into one-man dictatorship. See the April 19 Washington Post editorial:

    McConnell to Trump: Fire at Will

    This is just like the Republicans' sheeplike refusal to stand up against Trump's racist immigration agenda.

    One could accuse the Republicans of having sold their souls to Donald Trump in what those who are familiar with the works of the immortal poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe have accurately called a Faustian Bargain, for the sake of enacting their agenda of tax cuts and for the rich, environmental destruction for big polluters and deregulation for large companies that prey on middle class and less well-off Americans in a variety of ways, but looking at the Republicans' white supremacist immigration policies over the last 2 or 3 decades, it is questionable whether they had any souls left to sell.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 04-19-2018 at 05:36 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Trump may not be a very good president, or even an honest businessman. Whether he has the slightest understanding of or belief in democracy is also certainly open to question.

    But by his latest tweet calling his fired former FBI director, James Comey, a "slimeball" Trump is once again showing what he does best (besides arresting, incarcerating and excluding non-white immigrants, that is) - entertainment.

    Unfortunately, being president of the United States is not a reality show. Nor are his ICE arrests, private immigration prisons. or continuing rants and activities against Latin American, Muslim and black immigrants.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 04-13-2018 at 11:22 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Anyone concerned about the danger of fascism in America inherent in Trump's threats to fire special counsel Mueller and place himself completely above the law in all aspects of American life, not only immigration, should read Chauncey DeVega's Salon.com April 12 article on this topic which I discussed in my comment in the April 2 - April 6 ilw.com letters section.

    See:

    http://blogs.ilw.com/entry.php?10490

    For a direct link to DeVega's article, see:

    https://www.alternet.org/trump-traum...attack-america

    The title of the article is:

    The Definition of a Fascist? Trump thinks any attack on him is an attack on America


    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 04-12-2018 at 05:18 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    To understand the real significance and danger of Donald Trump's escalating threats to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, it is important to read Chauncey DeVega's April 12 Salon.com article:

    The Definition of a Fascist? Trump thinks any attack on him is an attack on America

    https://www.alternet.org/trump-traum...attack-america

    DeVega writes:

    "When the president claimed that Mueller and the FBI's investigation into his affairs was 'an attack on our country', he christened himself a fascist leader in all but name.

    Trump believes that he is the state, as did the absolute monarchs of earlier centuries, and as did totalitarian despots like Hitler and Stalin. He believes that he is above the law and that all legal power and authority flows from him. For Trump...checks and balances are a threat to his authoritarian agenda."

    DeVega's above comment is no less true of Trump's immigration policies than it is of the rest of his agenda.

    If Mueller is fired and Trump is not impeached in response (as is very unlikely, considering that his racist anti-immigrant agenda has gained him so much support from rank and file Republican voters) America will become a fascist dictatorship in all but name. As with Hitler and other tyrants, Trump's uncontrolled will be the supreme law of the land, not only in immigration, but in everything else as well.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 04-12-2018 at 12:59 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  5. ImmigrationDaily's Avatar
    Hello,


    I would like to share my experience to see if my case is out of ordinary.


    I am a beneficiary of EB-3 green card application. The I-140/I-485 were filed by my employer in 2016 and I-140 was approved.


    Since then I had an interview at the local office. I was questioned for more than 1 hour and at the conclusion of the interview I was told to wait for reply. More than six (6) months passed, but I did not receive any reply. Last month I called USCIS to inquire about status of my case.


    Last week, somebody from USCIS case to my employer to check about me. Today, early in the morning, I was visited by USCIS representatives at my home. They questioned me for almost 1 hour and left without offering any explanation for their actions.


    After that, they again visited my employer, demanding all documents regarding me.


    I personally never heard of anything similar to that.

    Can you tell me if this normal?


    Thank you.
    S N
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    And about Trump's plans for a totalitarian style military parade, showing that his white supremacist immigration agenda is only one part of a larger assault on America's democracy, see:

    https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-po...ugh-streets-dc

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  7. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Donald Trump took America a frightening and dangerous step closer to dictatorship on February 5 when he accused the Democrats of "treason" for not applauding during his State of the Union speech.

    For more on this, see Republican columnist Jennifer Rubin's February 6 Washington Post column:

    Trump's lapdogs now accept the labeling of opponents as 'treasonous'

    (Sorry, i don't have a link. Please go to Google to access.)

    For the immigration implications of Trump's remark, and others like it which lump both political opponents and non-white immigrants together as people who do not "love our country", see my own February 6 ilw.com blog on Trump's latest step toward bringing about a fascist America.

    http://blogs.ilw.com/entry.php?10372-Trump

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 02-06-2018 at 12:04 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  8. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Meanwhile, don't forget to get your copy of Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" before the books are all sold out. If even 10 percent of the book (as reported in the media - I haven't read it) is true, Trump has to be the most unfit president in the nation's entire history.

    Of course, this is a country which still values the right to free speech (for the president at least), and no one will challenge Trump's right to defend himself - in this case, by tweeting that he is really a "genius".

    Somehow, this is completely new information. No one seems to have realized this fundamental fact before, least of all the people who have been working most closely with him in the White House.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 01-06-2018 at 02:05 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  9. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    The latest New York Times story by Michael Schmidt, dated January 4, shows a mountain of evidence piling up against Trump with regard to possible obstruction of justice in the Russia investigation.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/04/u...ia-mcgahn.html

    The question of Trump's fitness to serve as president now goes far beyond issues of racism and authoritarianism in his immigration agenda.

    If the president were a Democrat, with one fiftieth of this amount of evidence, Trump's supporters would be screaming for impeachment and criminal prosecution, and we would be seeing nothing else on Fox News 24 hours a day.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 01-05-2018 at 01:32 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  10. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    For immigration advocates, as well as for everyone who cares about the well-being and financial future of ordinary Americans who have been betrayed big time by Trump's new tax law and his deregulation mania, there isn't a lot to laugh about in Donald Trump's America these days.

    But one thing that is not without its funny side is to read the latest report about two of America's most notorious white supremacist bigots, Trump and Steve Bannon, going after each other and calling each other crazy.

    They are both right, at least in the sense that they share an irrational hatred of non-white immigrants and both support measures which would limit most or all future legal immigration to applicants from Europe or other predominantly white countries, in a throwback to the openly racist "national origins", Europeans-only immigration law of 1924.

    Trump now says that Bannon, whom he formerly praised effusively and who was the chief architect of Trump's original version of the Muslim Ban and much of the rest of his anti-immigrant agenda, has "lost his mind."

    Let the rest of us get out of the way and let the two of them fight it out over each other's sanity.

    See Washington Post , January 3:

    Trump slams Bannon:

    Go at it, fellas!

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 01-04-2018 at 05:40 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  11. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    It also is featured on Paul Schmidt's immigrationcourtside.com blog.

    BATTLE OF THE PUNDITS: RAPPAPORT V. LITHWICK – NOLAN SAYS “If the Supreme Court allows the courts to continue to do this to Trump, they will interfere with any national security decision he makes that impacts a country with a large Muslim population, regardless of the circumstances.” – DAHLIA SAYS “Thousands of people will be harmed for no reason other than Donald Trump dislikes Muslim countries and crafted a nearly legal theory to achieve his ban after two abject failures.” – YOU DECIDE!

    http://immigrationcourtside.com/2017...curity-decisi/
    Updated 12-07-2017 at 09:22 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  12. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    My article on the Supreme Court's stay request was posted on the Supreme Court's December 6th newsletter.


    http://www.scotusdaily.com/

    Nolan Rappaport
    Updated 12-07-2017 at 09:23 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  13. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    For an even more alarming story about Trump's mental health, see:

    https://www.salon.com/2017/11/30/two...s-mental-state

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  14. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    For the latest from Joe Scarborough about the growing doubts concerning the president's mental health, a matter of the most urgent concern to immigrants, Americans, and everyone in the world to does not want to see a nuclear war with North Korea, see:

    http://thehill.com/homenews/media/36...e-has-dementia

    and:

    https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-po...nd-morning-joe

    And for a timely warning of how Trump's latest unhinged Twitter attack on Muslims (see my November 30 ilw.com "Blogging" comment on this topic) could be one more step on the road to fascism in America, see, Alternet.org (November 30):

    International Politics Expert Warns the U.S. is Sliding into Fascism

    https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-po...liding-fascism

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 12-04-2017 at 10:29 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  15. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    With today's shocking announcements of indictments against three of Donald Trump's campaign aides (and a guilty plea by one of them), Trump even though he may not have been directly involved, is effectively finished as president. No matter how often he may shout "Crooked Hillary!", "Crooked Hillary!", no one is going to believe in his honesty or trustworthiness any more (if anyone ever did). It is now only a matter of time before Trump will have to resign, unless he is sooner impeached by a Democratic Congress to come (with the help, no doubt, of at least some Republicans).

    Even if there are no more charges (which there very likely could be), Trump's administration has now been exposed as a sewer of corruption, lies and bad faith.

    Is his immigration agenda any different?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  16. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    For those of us who have been impatient for Trump to be impeached as soon as possible, maybe it is a good idea to think about what president Pence would be like:

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2...resident-pence

    We should always be careful of what we wish for.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  17. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    No one would claim that Democratic former US Secretary of Labor (in the Clinton administration) Robert Reich is an objective, non-partisan analyst of current affairs. Having said that, he is an astute political observer and has a well earned reputation for not being afraid to speak out honestly and directly.

    In his latest (October 13) alternet.org column, Reich writes about a conversation with a former Republican Congressman friend (name not given) concerning the friend's views on what Republican leaders are saying about the nation's president, Donald Trump.

    Reich quotes the former GOP Congressman in part as follows:

    "I'm just glad I'm not there anymore. Trump's not just a moron. He's a despicable human being. And he's getting crazier. Paranoid. Unhinged. Everyone knows it."

    http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-pol...licans-know-it

    If this is an accurate description of what leaders in Trump's own party are now saying about him, what does this augur for the future of immigration policy in this administration, not to mention the future of America and the world?

    Stories like this could also explain why Trump is moving toward fascism in America by threatening to "revoke" the free speech rights of NBC and other media which publish negative or unflattering stories about him.

    Robert Reich is far from being the only commentator in America who is now voicing concerns, not only over the president's commitment to democracy and the fundamental values of a free society, but also about Trump's mental health.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 10-13-2017 at 12:02 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  18. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    For more on Trump's mental health issues, see also Salon.com's October 11 article about an interview with Dr. Bandy Lee, professor of law and psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and editor of the new book:

    The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President

    The Salon article is available at:

    https://www.salon.com/2017/10/11/tru...iatrists-warn/

    Based on the above and other similar reports, immigrants are not the only people in America (and the world) who may be in danger from the current president of the United States.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  19. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Could Donald Trump's own mental health challenges eventually derail the white Supremacist RAISE Act and the rest his anti-immigrant agenda?

    Any US president, no matter how powerful, needs Congressional friends and allies in order to put through is agenda.

    Latest reports indicate that Trump's constant fighting with his natural supporters in his own party, such as, in the latest example, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) may be causing the president to run out of friends.

    One report quotes Fox News host Neil Cavuto, a normally friendly commentator, as questioning Trump's own sanity because of his tendency to pick fights with his own national allies. Cavuto warns that Trump may be soon be running out of friends.

    Cavuto also "wonders" whether the president is "sound".

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefi...out-of-friends

    If Trump's possible loss of Congressional support due to his alleged mental health problems leads to abandoning his Europeans only immigration policies, such as the RAISE Act, Muslim ban orders and mass arrest and deportation agenda targeting mainly Hispanic, Black and Asian immigrants, that would unquestionably be a good thing.

    But what if Trump's mental health issues, as evidenced by his unrelenting and hostile attacks as candidate and president against Latino, Muslim and other non-white immigrants, led to his bigoted whites-only immigration agenda in the first place?

    Is this not a question that not only immigrants, but more and more Americans, will be asking themselves as time goes on?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 10-12-2017 at 05:55 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  20. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    The latest publication dealing with Trump's mental health is a book called:

    The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President

    The book is due to appear on October 3. Judging from its title, since I haven't yet seen the book, it should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand what is behind the president's white supremacist immigration policies and the danger he poses to America's democracy and the peace (if not the continued existence) of the world as we know it.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
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