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  1. ImmigrationDaily's Avatar
    Dear Sir,

    Recently I was told that nigeria will be issue a tourist visa by the US embassy.
    Please I want to know whether the report is true and how quickly this will be put to effect?

    Thanks,
    Adeshina
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    To read my latest ilw.com warning about how Donald Trump's Muslim ban (including reported mainly cosmetic revisions which would not affect its underlying purpose of excluding almost 200 million Muslims from the US because of their religion), taken together with his latest police-state ICE raids against non-criminal immigrants (exposing another one of his endless lies about his deportation and other immigration policies) and his latest executive orders making it easier to carry out the ethnic cleansing of up to 11 million immigrants are undermining our democtacy and could lead to its rapid extinction, see:

    http://blogs.ilw.com/entry/php?9726-...r-Roger-Algase


    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    For my updated ilw.com February 18 comment on the disturbing resemblance between Trump's leaked plan to use the National Guard for immigration roundups and Hitler's use of the Gestapo for roundups of his political opponents right after taking power in 1933, see:

    http://blogs.ilw.com/entry.php?9725-...e-Roger-Algase

    With the admittedly very big exception of the anti-semitism and mass murder of Hitler's Holocaust,
    Donald Trump's program for America bears a very uncomfortable resemblance to the motto of Germany's leader of eight decades ago:

    Ein Volk. Ein Reich. Ein Fuehrer.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 02-19-2017 at 10:16 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    For a link to the New York Times letter written by 35 psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers saying that Trump is mentally unfit to hold office, see:

    http://www.thehill.com/homenews/hous...-mental-health

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  5. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    More ranting and raving from our chief executive (who, by the way, is many things, but is not an anti-Semite - to paraphrase Steve Bannon, can the media please shut up about that particular nonsense?).

    Trump has a Jewish daughter and son-in law, both of whom he is very close to, and he certainly considers himself a friend of Israel.

    The reality of Donald Trump is already unhinged and dangerous enough for America and the world, without making up something for which there is no evidence whatsoever.

    See:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...moments-235110

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 02-17-2017 at 08:28 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    To give credit where credit is due, Trump appears to have made a decent, sensible choice in his replacement Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta, an Hispanic who appears to be experienced and well qualified, to replace the absolutely hopeless Andrew Puzder, who was the cartoon character of a totally unfit choice for this position - only much, much worse.

    Trump must know plenty of decent, qualified people whom he could have picked for various cabinet and advisor jobs.

    Why in so many cases, did he go out of his way to pick the worst, least qualified people that he could possibly find for so many vitally important positions? One could argue that there is something psychological going on here, sort of like a naughty schoolboy who gets even naughtier and more out of control if someone tries to discipline him.

    But this is out of my area and I will say no more.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  7. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Is Donald the Would-Be Dictator, Trump the Would-Be Tyrant, turning out to be a "Very Weak Autocrat"?

    Greg Sargent of the Washington Post thinks so, writing on February 15. See:

    Donald Trump is suddenly looking like a very weak autocrat

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

    And weak or strong, Trump is already showing such an autocrat's contempt for the other branches of government, and our Constitution, in the short time he has been in office, that the number of Congressional Republicans who must surely be thinking "Impeachment" even if they are still too timid to say it, has to be growing rapidly, along with all of the Democrats, which is a given.

    See also, E.J. Dionne, writing in the February 15 Washington Post:

    Admit it: Trump is unfit to serve.

    How long will it take the Congressional Republicans to admit this and to do what they have to do for the sake of America and our democracy?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 02-16-2017 at 01:32 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  8. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    And is it time to start thinking about impeaching the unstable would-be dictator who now occupies the White House?

    YOU BET!

    (See the following POLITICO story):

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...nt-bets-234931

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 02-12-2017 at 05:29 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  9. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Does anyone see a resemblance between the following two statements?

    1)

    "This week, President Trump made great strides in making America safe and getting Americans back to work."

    (White House website, February 10, 2017)

    2)

    "Hitler is a man of stature who has already accomplished historically important deeds and faces still greater challenges."

    (Joseph Goebbels: 1933 Speech on Hitler's birthday)

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 02-11-2017 at 03:27 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  10. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    As Trump's immigration executive orders and his comments about a federal judge who disagrees with Trump's totalitarian Muslim ban, and on other topics too numerous to mention, become more and more vindictive, full of hate and removed from reality, questions about Trump's mental fitness to be president are going to become even more urgent and frequent.

    Possibly sooner rather than later, even Republican Congressional leaders are going to find it harder and harder to ignore this issue, which could affect the lives and well-being of untold millions of people in America and throughout the world.

    See, salon.com:

    http://www.salon.com/2017/02/07/has-...-with-reality/

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 02-07-2017 at 02:16 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  11. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Is it too early about drafting articles of impeachment together against a president whose assault on an independent judiciary in calling a federal judge who dared to disagree with the Will Of Our Great Leader, Donald Trump, by issuing an order against Trump's Muslim immigrant ban a "so-called judge"?

    What does this say about our new president's intention to abide by this country's Constitution and its separation of powers?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  12. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    One could also, I suppose, argue that the German Nuremberg Laws were not anti-Semitic because they were also, arguably, a first step toward a larger goal of asserting absolute power over all of German society, using the least popular segment of that society, namely the Jews, as the initial targets.

    I doubt that the Jews affected by those laws would have agreed, any more than the estimated 60,000 Muslims who had their visas revoked and the dozens, or hundreds, of Muslims who were detained in handcuffs at US airports for hours without access to counsel and, in many cases, forcibly sent back to their countries even though they had valid visas would agree with Nolan's analysis of the order.

    But all the verbiage about "uniform screening methods" and "list of countries providing requested screening information" is in Trump's order is nothing more than a smoke screen to conceal the real purpose - making almost 200 million people from seven Muslim countries ineligible to enter the US - and this is just for starters, according to the order.

    It is also worthy of note that Trump's vicious and unconscionable attack on a federal judge, James Robart, who dared to block major parts of our new Leader's Muslim ban order has now created quite a Furor. in the White House, according to the latest reports. (German pun is entirely intentional.)

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...ackfire-234649

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law


    Updated 02-05-2017 at 02:44 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  13. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Trump's Executive Order, "PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES" provides authority for case-by-case waivers of the ban on seven countries and on the suspension of the refugee program.


    (g) Notwithstanding a suspension pursuant to subsection (c) of this section or pursuant to a Presidential proclamation described in subsection (e) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may, on a case-by-case basis, and when in the national interest, issue visas or other immigration benefits to nationals of countries for which visas and benefits are otherwise blocked.

    (e) Notwithstanding the temporary suspension imposed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may jointly determine to admit individuals to the United States as refugees on a case-by-case basis, in their discretion, but only so long as they determine that the admission of such individuals as refugees is in the national interest -- including when the person is a religious minority in his country of nationality facing religious persecution, when admitting the person would enable the United States to conform its conduct to a preexisting international agreement, or when the person is already in transit and denying admission would cause undue hardship -- and it would not pose a risk to the security or welfare of the United States.

    Nolan Rappaport
    Updated 01-31-2017 at 06:53 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  14. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Trump's Executive Order, "PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES," has a ban on the admission of aliens from seven specified countries. People are calling this unconstitutional because it is based on the fact that the countries have a Muslim majority. That makes no sense in view of the fact that the list was put together initially by Congress and then Obama added five countries to it. Trump had nothing to do with it. The objective was to exclude aliens from VWP countries from participating in the program if they had visited one of the countries at any time since March 11, 2017. The countries are known to sponsor international terrorists.

    Congress and Obama felt that aliens who had visited theses countries required the additional screening of going through the visa issuing process. It makes perfect sense for Trump to find that aliens should be stopped from coming here from these countries until adequate screening methods are in place. This is the paragraph:

    c) To temporarily reduce investigative burdens on relevant agencies during the review period described in subsection (a) of this section, to ensure the proper review and maximum utilization of available resources for the screening of foreign nationals, and to ensure that adequate standards are established to prevent infiltration by foreign terrorists or criminals, pursuant to section 212(f) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), I hereby proclaim that the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens from countries referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12), would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants and nonimmigrants, of such persons for 90 days from the date of this order (excluding those foreign nationals traveling on diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas).

    Nolan Rappaport
    Updated 01-31-2017 at 06:27 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  15. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    In answer to the above letter of Carrie Ruel-Flores, and based on Trump's whirlwind of authoritarian executive orders this past week, culminating in the cruel and inhuman ban on immigrants from certain Muslim countries and ("temporarily" - ha, ha, ho, ho) on refugees of every faith and background from around the world, it is clear that America's immigration system is being hijacked by a one-man agenda of hate which can, and if not checked, will, inevitably lead America to dictatorship, just as happened in Germany eight decades ago.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 01-28-2017 at 12:52 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  16. ImmigrationDaily's Avatar
    Thanks for the work you do. Keeping me informed in my mobilization and resistance.

    In solidarity, Melissa
  17. ImmigrationDaily's Avatar
    How can "we make America great again" by denying welcome, protection and aid to desperate refugees and immigrants? How will walling us in "make us great"?

    Why does our President make his executive orders without first consulting our elected officials? Can anyone refuse to carry out these orders? Does Mr. Trump not care that his recent orders make us uglier Americans that we already are?

    Contrary to the loud racists who make news, there are many more of us who are willing and compassionate enough to reach out to the many peoples needing us. We do have the resources and generosity to do so, often at our own personal expense of time, energy, wisdom and money. The newcomers and long time immigrants who need help now will be the ones who WILL make our nation great if we let them!

    Carrie Ruel-Flores
  18. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    And there are more signs that Trump is not losing any time in marching America toward a Vladimir Putin style dictatorship - more arrests of journalists covering the weekend protests on felony charges

    http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-pol...uration-unrest

    and, most frightening of all, Trump's call for a "major investigation" into "illegal" voting in the presidential election.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...d-tweet-234151

    There can be little doubt what Trump means by "illegal voting" - anyone who voted for Hillary Clinton.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 01-25-2017 at 10:50 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  19. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Moreover, by barring refugees from the entire world from coming to America under the cynical and inhuman pretext that they cannot be "vetted" properly, and in utter contempt of America's legal and moral obligations under international law, Trump is also moving one step closer to turning America into an Orwellian totalitarian society where only the rich and the powerful, such as the energy, banking and fast food billionaires have any rights, and the most vulnerable members of our society, including not only immigrants and African-Americans, but also the white working people and union members who voted for Trump, will have none at all.

    This first week of Donald Trump's America may turn out to be one of the saddest, most horrifying, in the entire history of the United States - that is, except for the remaining weeks, months and years to come.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 01-25-2017 at 09:48 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  20. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    According to multiple news reports, Donald Trump will announce on January 25 that he is getting ready to take America back almost 100 years to the racial/religious "national origin" immigration quotas of 1924 which were intended to bar Catholics, Jews, Middle Easterners, Asians and Africans from the US.

    According to the reports, he will do this by banning immigrants from seven Muslim countries of the Middle East and Africa - and refugees from all over the world - using "national security" as a pretext, just as America once used the discredited racial "Eugenics" ideology to bar immigrants from most parts of the world other than the "Nordic" countries of Western Europe.

    Trump is also expected to announce that he will start building his Wall of Hate along the Mexican border, just as the Germans once built their infamous Wall in the Warsaw Ghetto (for different and infinitely more sinister purpose than Trump's wall, to be sure, but motivated by similar ideology of one group of people being naturally superior to another).

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 01-25-2017 at 04:55 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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