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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    As former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich says in his May 23 Alternet article:

    Trump's Budget is Cruel and Deviant

    "He proposes to cut federal spending by more than $3.6 trillion over the next decade, much of it for programs that help the order to finance a huge military buildup and tax cuts for corporations and the rich.

    In fact, the biggest losers would be people who voted for Trump - whites in rural and poor areas of the country who depend on Medicaid, food stamps and Social Security disability."

    As I point out in more detail in my May 23 blog post, some of the money diverted away from helping less well off Americans would also go to locking up more Latino and other non-white immigrants and to building Trump's favorite obsession, the Mexican Wall of Humiliation and Hate against immigrants of color.

    But Trump's proposed budget shows that it is not only immigrants who are the objects of Trump's hatred, anger and contempt - but also many millions of less well off Americans, including those whose votes gave him the electoral majority he needed to gain entry to the White House despite losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.

    Reich's latest Alternet comments can be found at:

    See also, Greg Sargent, Washington Post, May 24:

    The enormity of Trump's scam is coming into view

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 05-24-2017 at 12:29 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    May 17 update:

    The Department of Justice has appointed a special counsel to investigate alleged illegal connections between Trump and/or his campaign staff and Russia which may have influenced the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

    Is this the beginning of the end for the Donald Trump administration? Could the same pattern of duplicity and lack of respect for the truth that Trump has been showing in his response to the Muslim ban litigation ,and on so many other both immigration and non-immigration issues now be about to bring down his entire presidency?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    The implications of Trump's allegedly sharing sensitive classified information about ISIS with the Russians are simply mind-boggling and have Republican leaders deeply disturbed as well as Trump's opponents.

    Does the President of the United States care about America?

    Roger Algase
    Atrorney at Law
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    How will Donald Trump sooner or later in all likelihood be impeached? Let us count the ways:

    1) Firing FBI director James Comey in order, in the opinion of Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe, one of America's most respected legal scholars, to obstruct justice, a criminal offence. And Professor Tribe is not alone in this opinion. Other commentators are also joining in.

    1) Instructing or permitting Justice Department lawyers to misrepresent the purpose of Trump's Muslim ban order, which is very arguably, about religious discrimination rather than national security, before the 4th and 9th Circuit Courts. This conduct, also, arguably, borders on committing fraud upon the court.

    3) Leaking highly sensitive and secret intelligence information to the Russians in a White House meeting, as alleged in the latest news stories.

    To this i would add:

    4) Engaging in immigration policies, and, with his latest "voter fraud commission" headed by the infamous racist Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, minority voter suppression, all aimed at taking America back to the days of white supremacy, in violation of our Constitution and everything that America stands for.

    What will be next?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  5. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I would be the very last person to argue that illegal immigration is a good thing for America or something that should be encouraged. Ditto for crimes committed by immigrants.

    We also need to foster respect for the law in a nation that was built on the principle of the rule of law. That includes the president of the United States, who, in the opinion of some observers, including Harvard professor Lawrence Tribe, according to a story in the May 12 New York Times, may have committed the crime of obstruction of justice by firing the FBI director who was in the middle of a criminal investigation involving this same US president, Donald J. Trump, and or his top aides, for alleged possible illegal contacts with Russia that could allegedly have compromised our election system and our democracy.

    Worth thinking about as ICE continues to put detainers on DUI and disorderly conduct offenders, many of whom have not even been convicted.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 05-12-2017 at 07:13 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Paul Schmidt says, “I have yet to see a statement by any state or local official saying that they would refuse to turn a serious criminal over to DHS if a legally sufficient detainer were filed.”

    I disagree. Detainers are not used to take custody of criminal aliens. They are used to take custody of deportable aliens.

    According to the Obama Administration’s Secure Communities memorandum, a detainer is legally sufficient if there is probable cause to find that the subject of the detainer is a removable alien. See page 3, where it says the following:

    “If in special circumstances ICE seeks to issue a request for detention (rather than a request for notification), it must specify that the person is subject to a final order of removal or there is other sufficient probable cause to find that the person is a removable alien, thereby addressing the Fourth Amendment concerns raised in recent federal court decisions.”

    Under the Trump Administration, an alien is removable if any removal ground applies to him, even unlawful presence, i.e., not just the provisions the administration wants to enforce.

    And, there is a statutory presumption in removal proceedings when alienage has been established that the alien is here unlawfully if he cannot establish a lawful entry. Section 291 of the INA.

    Consequently, any detainer issued to hold an “undocumented” alien should be legally sufficient. It would just have to meet the probable cause standard with respect to alienage, and presumably ICE would not be interested in the person without reason to think that he is an alien.

    But the detainer isn’t the real problem for the undocumented alien. The real problem is that he will be subject to expedited removal proceedings when he is picked up by ICE unless he can prove that he has been in the US for more than two years, which includes mandatory detention. See my article, “Noncriminal immigrants facing Trump’s deportation force need legalization, not lawyers” (April 18, 2017), bl...d-legalization

    Do you agree with me?

    Nolan Rappaport
  7. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Trump has now fired FBI director James Comey in a desperate attempt to stave off the FBI investigation into his or his aides Russia ties.

    While it is beyond dispute that Comey gave Trump the pretext he needed in the form of misleading testimony to Congress about emails relating to one of Hillary Clinton's aides, the firing still brings America one step closer to dictatorship under a psychologically challenged president whose contempt for democracy and admiration for foreign dictators are becoming more apparent each day of his disastrous presidency.

    We can be sure that any DHS or other agency official who fails to carry out Trump's agenda of anti-immigrant hate to the full will encounter the same fate.

    Comey's firing is a clear warning to all immigration related and other government officials to get in line or suffer the consequences.

    How much longer will it take for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against this lawless president?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 05-10-2017 at 09:10 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  8. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    No one who has been reading my Immigration Daily letters or blog comments will mistake me for being a cheerleader for Donald Trump. But I try to base my comments about him on things that he has in fact said or done, not what his other critics may make up or distort about him.

    I refer to an article in the May 8 Washington Post which states that Trump "extended" the controversial EB-5 investor visa program for six months in the latest appropriations bill, which Congress passed and Trump signed last week to prevent a government shutdown.

    Regardless of the merits or demerits of EB-5, which I have written about in nore detail in my own blog due to appear in the May 8 Immigration Daily issue, the decision to extend this program for six month's was not the president's but that of Congress, and Trump had no choice other than to go along.

    While his own previous role in using this controversial program for his own businesses, and the hypocrisy of his son-in-law's family's using this visa to solicit funds for their luxury real estate project while Trump issued dire warnings and threats against the H-1B visa is worthy of note (as I also mention in today's Immigration Daily comment), It is inaccurate and unfair to hold Trump responsible for extending the EB-5 program for six months.

    This is not to imply or state that there was anything wrong with this program, which has encountered some problems but is also benefiting America by attracting foreign investment, and has been unfairly attacked by some people who have other agendas besides protecting the integrity of America's visa programs.

    Roger Algase
    Updated 05-10-2017 at 08:50 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  9. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    As the latest example of the cruelty and inhumanity of Trump's rush to bar and remove as many non-white immigrants from America as possible as quickly as possible, witness the deportation of a 5-year old child, whose paperwork for legal status in the US had already been filed and was in process, to Honduras, one of the most dangerous countries on earth, along with the child's mother.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 05-05-2017 at 04:28 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  10. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    For an excellent article by Robert Reich on Donald Trump's dangerous authoritarian philosophy, see:

    And for a perceptive comment about Trump's disturbing, if not terrifying, affinity for foreign dictators who are so loathsome that to call them fascist almost seems an understatement, see Brent Budowsky, writing in The Hill on May 3:

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 05-03-2017 at 08:15 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  11. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Could Donald Trump's attempts to demonize and dehumanize Muslim and Latino immigrants help lead to the end of America's democracy?

    Chauncey Devega, writing in on May 1, makes a compelling case, based on a recent book by a Yale historian, that this could easily happen, and happen soon.

    Will America have its own Reichstag Fire as happened in Germany in 1933?


    Historian Timothy Snyder: "It's pretty much inevitable" that Trump will stage a coup and overthrow democracy

    Read Devega's article and be warned.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 05-02-2017 at 10:43 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  12. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Donald Trump has opened his new VOICE office to "help" victims of crimes committed by immigrants.

    For an historical perspective on what kind of "help" we can expect from this office, see: Democracy Now (February 2)

    Nazis Once Published List of Jewish Crimes, Trump Now Pushing to Do the Same for Immigrant Crimes

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 05-05-2017 at 04:27 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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 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
  16. 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:

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  17. 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:

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  18. 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:


    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  19. 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:

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 04-17-2017 at 07:55 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  20. 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, 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:

    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
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