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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Good comment. However, if Trump puts up a Mexican Wall, then he will already have torn down the Statue of Liberty in spirit.

    Not that he is incapable of tearing the Statue of Liberty down and building an immigration detention facility (or maybe just a statue of himself) on the site.

    Fortunately, Trump appears to be backing away from provoking a government shutdown over the Wall, at least for now, according to the latest news reports.

    If these reports are accurate, that would be a welcome sign of reason and humanity coming from the White House - there have not been too many of those since Trump took office as president, and the entire nation, not just our immigrant communities, could use a few more of them.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 04-25-2017 at 04:29 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  2. ImmigrationDaily's Avatar
    Isn't it anti-constitutional to build a border wall, while Lady Libery, on the other end of this nation welcomes all immigrants with a torch, offering safe haven???
    Relying on laws and regulations, it is important to also rely on justice and liberty to all who seek them

    - L Galy
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Will Donald Trump shut down the federal government if Congress refuses to fund his Mexican Wall of Hate?

    Among other things, this would cause a halt in all PERM cases and LCA's for H-1B cases.

    It could also bring America one step closer to dictatorship, as is happening in Hungary with its anti-immigrant Wall put up by a proto-fascist government.

    See my latest ilw.com post, in the April 24 Immigration Daily issue.

    In the last century, we had the Berlin Wall and the Warsaw Ghetto Wall.

    Hasn't the world already had enough Walls? Do we need another one from Donald Trump to show how much he loathes and despises, not only Mexicans, but all non-white immigrants?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 04-25-2017 at 04:23 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    This article about a conference of top psychiatrists at Yale may contain the best explanation of all for Donald Trump's immigration policies:

    http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-pol...ngerous-mental

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  5. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Trump has now made it official that H-1B workers, large numbers of whom are from India, China and other Asian countries, are the latest addition to Trump's rapidly growing list of non-white immigrants who are being made scapegoats for all the problems of America.

    For my comment on Trump's April 18 H-1B executive order, go to:

    http://blogs.ilw.com/entry.php?9830

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Further to my above letter, it is impossible to make much sense of Trump's immigration policies, unless one bears in mind his ultimate objective, which is to limit or cut off immigration by non-white and other unpopular minorities, in keeping with the racism which has been at the foundation of America's immigration policies for the past more than 150 years (with the exception only of the past half century since 1965, which Trump and his top inner circle are now trying to undo).

    On immigration, Trump is showing all the appearances of a deeply committed racist, surrounded by top advisers such as Steve Bannon, Steve Miller, Jeff Sessions and Kris Kobach, who have even more deeply committed racist white supremacist views than Trump himself.

    For two excellent articles about the long history of American immigration racism which has led up to Trump's current attempts to impose a Muslim ban and mass expulsion of 11 million non-white immigrants from the US, see:

    http://newamericamedia.org/2017/01/t...n-policies.php

    and

    http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blo...peating-itself

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  7. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    In my April 17 blog comment in Immigration Daily, I analyze the sheer hypocrisy (with some discussion of the ancient Greek origin of this word) in Trump's legal arguments in the two federal courts handling the Sanctuary City and Muslim ban litigation, respectively.

    My comments on these two cases may be a little on the technical side, but they are well worth reading to anyone interested in how Trump is going about his ultimate purpose of setting himself up as a dictator who claims to be above the law on immigration, and the hypocritical way (from the ancient Greek words "hypo" and "krites") that he and his A.G. Jeff Sessions are going about this in court. See:

    http://blogs.ilw.com/entry.php?9823

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 04-17-2017 at 07:55 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  8. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    In what could possibly turn out to be another hopeful sign that Donald Trump could at least have the potential for showing some reason and humanity, alternet.org reports that some of Trump's most virulent white supremacist or neo-fascist (euphemistically called "White Nationalist") supporters, such as Ann Coulter, Rep. Steve King, and eve n Steve Bannon himself are becoming disillusioned with him.

    See also:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...-on-him-237200

    Let us hope that this trend continues.


    If it does, we will know when Trump's openly white supremacist Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, who cannot conceal his admiration for the 1924 law which barred most of the world's immigrants from outside Northern Europe from coming to the US, leaves the Trump administration.

    Don't hold your breath.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 04-15-2017 at 05:04 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  9. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Politico reports on April 12 that, according to Putin, trust between Russia and the US is worse under Trump.

    That might mean that, even as Trump continues to persecute and terrorize Mexican and other Latino immigrants, and continues to try to bar Middle Eastern, African and, very possibly, Asian ones as well from coming to the US, while threatening to throw Americans in jail for giving any kind of help or support to undocumented immigrants under INA Section 274: and while he is still showing no recognition whatsoever of America's moral and legal obligations to admit Syrian abd other persecuted refugees, Trump may be doing at least one thing right.

    See:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...ionship-237145

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 04-12-2017 at 12:49 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  10. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    No regular reader of Immigration Daily will ever mistake me for a Trump supporter or apologist. But Trump has shown a great deal of courage and wisdom in his airstrikes against Syria's dictator Assad for Assad's monstrous crimes against humanity in using chemical weapons against his own people.

    Trump did this even though it was certain to provoke the ire of his sometime idol, Russia's' Vladimir Putin, alleged ties to whom Trump's White House is now under FBI investigation.

    Now, all we are waiting for is for Trump to scuttle his ban on refugees and start letting a reasonable number (at least 100,000 to begin, I suggest) of the victims of Assad's inhuman regime, namely Syrian refugees, into the United States, consistent with America's moral and legal obligations under international law.

    If Trump does not move promptly to open America's doors to the living survivors of Assad's Russian-backed war crimes, even as he retaliates for the atrocities against those who have already been killed, we will be seeing and hearing the word "hypocrite" , derived from the ancient Greek word for "actor" ("hypo-cri-tes") about his hostility toward refugees more and more.

    And that may be one of the kinder words that history may have to say about Donald Trump, just as history condemns the American politicians who gave into (or even exploited) popular hatred against Jewish refugees by barring America's gates to those trying to flee the holocaust, resulting in even more deaths in Hitler's ovens and gas chambers.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 04-09-2017 at 12:24 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  11. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Are there developing signs of reason and flexibility coming from Donald Trump?

    There were two major developments today, August 5. First Bannon is now out as a National Security Council member.

    This is a big demotion for the most dangerous person in the entire Trump administration.

    Second was Trump's strong condemnation of Assad's gas attack against Syrian civilians.

    This ia a welcome, if overdue reaction and it could signal that the president might be more inflienced by humanitarian considerations, at least on this issue, than many of us have been prone to believe.

    Let us see what, if anything, Trump will actually do to change his policies toward Syria, toward Assad's main supporter, Vladimir Putin, and toward Syrian refugees.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  12. IDBlog's Avatar
    I do not agree with your analysis at all. I have more immigration clients coming to me now. So that is a very good thing for my practice. They are cracking down on convicted criminal illegal aliens, which is better for everybody.


    Johnf Geraghty
  13. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Trump also seems to be right at home meeting with foreign leaders who have authoritarian proclivities similar to his own.

    See: The Guardian, April 4,

    Trump's authoritarian instincts ruin US credibility on human rights

    (Sorry, I do not have a link that works. Please access through Google.)

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 04-04-2017 at 12:37 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  14. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    In an article appearing in The Hill and which is also due to be published in the April 4 Immigration Daily issue, legal expert Nolan Rappaport suggests that the mayors of Chicago and some other Sanctuary Cities might arguably be subject to federal prosecution under a statute (INA Section 274) which makes it a federal crime to "harbor" or "assist" immigrants staying in the US illegally.

    If Nolan, for whom i have the highest respect as a legal scholar, wishes to crank up this statute in order to prosecute anyone who "assists" an unauthorized immigrant without checking his or her documents first, something which could in theory put tens of millions of American citizens in jail and take this country down the road which led to Nazi Germany, I would suggest looking into another area where prosecution might turn out to be more in the interests of protecting the American people if the allegations are shown to be true.

    I refer to the late breaking buzzfeed story that a former Trump adviser allegedly may have met with a Russian spy.

    See:

    A Former Trump Adviser Met With A Russian Spy

    (This story can be accessed through Google.)

    Roger Algase
    Updated 04-04-2017 at 09:13 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  15. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    As a late March 30 update, it now develops that Trump's disgraced former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, is seeking immunity from prosecution so he can tell the full story about the Trump campaign's alleged ties with Russia, which are now under criminal investigation by the FBI.

    Trump may soon have more to worry about than how many millions of Muslims he can keep out of the US or how many millions of Mexicans and other non-white immigrants he can round up and deport.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...igators-236734

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law


    Updated 03-30-2017 at 09:07 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  16. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Huffington Post reports that Bernard Marks, an 87-year old Auschwitz survivor rebuked ICE Director Thomas Homan at a public forum in Sacramento, saying:

    "History is not on your side."

    Indeed, history was not on the side of the Nazi extermination of the Jews, and, even though Trump is obviously neither an ani-Semite nor a mass murderer, history is not on the side of his mass expulsions and ethnic cleansing of Latino and other non-white immigrants in America either.

    I cannot find a link to the Huffpost Story that works. Please go to Google and look for:

    Auschwitz Survivor Confronts ICE Director: 'History Is Not On Your Side'


    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 03-29-2017 at 09:55 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  17. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    What do the Trump administration's disastrous (for the president and his extreme nationalist cabal - not for America) failures on both the Muslim ban and on healthcare repeal have in common?

    Both were attempts by a small plutocracy of elite white billionaires and oligarchs, led by Tycoon Trump himself, to declare war on ordinary people in pursuit of power and privilege for themselves.

    In the Muslim ban case, Donald Trump attempted to bring about a vast expansion of presidential power at the expense of more than 100 million Muslims in six or seven countries who would have been indefinitely banned from ever setting foot in America - no one in his or her right mind could possibly believe, given its history, that the ban would not have been extended after the initial period or even made permanent - as part of Trump's efforts to become America's first dictator by moving against an popular minority, as in the case of the Nazi Nuremberg laws against the Jews.

    In the case of the botched attempt at "Obamacare" repeal, Trump's plan would have taken medical insurance - which for many people is the difference between life and death, away from an estimated 24 million ordinary or less affluent Americans - including millions of people who voted for him based on his empty and cynical promises to make their lives better, not worse.

    Fortunately, in both cases, large numbers of Americans stood up for justice and human rights by resisting, and Trump was finally checked by other branches of the government - the courts in the Muslim ban case and Congress in the healthcare instance.

    Will Trump learn to respect and work for the real interests of the American people, not just himself and his super-rich friends?

    Or will he continue to issue sweeping executive orders and intimidate or threaten his opponents in the courts and Congress, and try to stamp out all opposition, as his model and suspected ally, Vladimir Putin, is now doing in Russia as we speak?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 03-27-2017 at 05:06 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  18. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    And what basis does Nolan have for claiming that Trump's order is even religion neutral on its face?

    Here we have an order which bars approximately 100 million people, 99 per cent of whom belong to a particular religion from entering the US.

    And Nolan expects us to believe that there is nothing in the order that discriminates against that particular religion?

    Suppose that we had a president who for at least a year prior to being elected, had been ranting and raving against Jews the way Trump has done against Muslims.

    Then suppose that the president, upon taking office, had appointed a senior adviser who was on record as saying that the Christian world was locked on a "war of civilizations" with Judaism, and a national security adviser who had called the Jewish religion a "cancer".

    Then, suppose, that a week after taking office, that hypothetical US president issues an order banning all citizens and residents of Israel from setting foot in the United States.

    Would any reasonable person, including Nolan, fail to connect the dots in that case? Of course not.

    Then what is the problem about connecting the dots when the facts are similar but the targets are are Muslims instead of Jews?

    Roger Algase

    Updated 03-23-2017 at 08:59 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  19. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Nolan will, for some reason, just not let go of the fiction that Trump's anti-Muslim executive orders exist in a closed universe of their own and that the courts have no power to take their history into account - at least for the limited but still important purpose of determining their good faith. See Mandel (1972) and Kerry v. Din (2015), both of which state that the executive must show good faith behind an order denying a visa or US entry in order to avoid judicial scrutiny.

    Of course, everybody agrees that Trump's orders were concocted to make it look as if they were religion-neutral.

    But our courts are not required to accept this obvious deception and hypocrisy.

    I once again respectfully remind Nolan that we are talking about the legal system of America here, not Russia or North Korea.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  20. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Roger, I am still waiting for you to show me which provisions in the Executive Order do the things you are complaining about. Stop relying on his campaign statements. Before the 9th circuit started venting its Roger-like prejudice against the President of the United States, no court had ever used campaign statements that way. When is the Trump hatred going to run its course?

    The 9th circuit will be stopped by the Supreme Court. In fact, it's my understanding that that circuit is reversed more often by the Supreme Court than any other circuit in the country. But what will stop Roger? I suspect that he will be expressing his Trump hatred and prejudice for the next four years....maybe longer.

    Nolan Rappaport
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