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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    As Donald Trump continues with his policies of racial and religious discrimination against minority immigrants by threatening the future of nearly 800,000 mainly Latino DACA recipients and preparing to defend his Muslim ban before the Supreme Court (along with, inter alia, threatening to destroy North Korea - and possibly all of humanity - in his UN speech) concern among mental health professionals about the president's fitness to continue in office is becoming more and more evident.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    As the heartrending stories of drowned children (and at least one police officer) start coming out of Texas, while Hurricane Harvey moves over to Louisiana on the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in that state, one can only marvel at the utter inhumanity, the sheer disregard for the survival of this planet, in the Trump administration's campaign to erase even the words "climate change" from the government's websites and official documents.

    I am not aware of any reputable scientist who would disregard or deny the connection between global warming and the increasingly severe and dangerous storms that are battering the United States and many other parts of the world.

    But this callous disregard of human life and welfare is matched in the storm of actions against vulnerable and defenseless immigrants that the Trump regime is taking, with its countless human tragedies, split up families, dashed hopes and broken human lives, as America's immigration climate also changes and inundates the hopes and future in America of Latino, Asian, and Muslim immigrants, and all others who don't fit in with the Eurocentric immigration objectives of Trump and his top immigration advisers.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 09-02-2017 at 08:35 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. IDBlog's Avatar
    Mr Trump wants to dismantle DACA because it was instigated under President Obama's watch. For the past six months, Mr. Trump is bullying vulnerable populations wether americans or immigrants.
    He wants to tare off families, destroy the lives of hard working people, because he just wants to destroy before Mr Muller destroys him by the findings of the russian collusion. Divisiveness and chaos are not what America is about! America is/was a safe haven for those who seek refuge, those who ask for justice and receive it. America is about living in tranquility for the common good. When will this nightmare end? Communication and diplomatie are no more.

  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    According to multiple news reports, "Bannon the Bigot" (my designation) has been fired from the White House by the president.

    In view of the enormous influence that, by all accounts, Bannon has had on Trump's immigration policies, could this mean that we may now have a "kinder', gentler", less racist immigration agenda in the Trump administration; or could it mean that Trump has now gone so far over in the direction of the neo-nazi white supremacists whom he so pointedly refused to single out for condemnation over Charlottesville that even Bannon is too "liberal" for the president on immigration and race relations?

    As Trump himself might say, we will have to see what happens.

    Or, could Bannon's exit, hopefully for everyone who cares about preserving America's tradition of welcoming immigrants of all ethnic backgrounds, religions and skin colors, which has been in place for the past 50 years and which Trump and Bannon have been trying to destroy, be a prelude to Trump's own resignation as president?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 08-18-2017 at 03:41 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  5. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    David Rothkopf, a visiting professor at the Columbia University School of International Affairs writes the following in his August 16 Washington Post column in reaction to Donald Trump's appalling, unbelievably disgraceful refusal to pin the blame for the violence in Charlottesville where it belongs - on the white supremacists and neo-nazis who themselves admitted that they were inspired by Trump in organizing the rally which took three innocent lives:

    President Trump must go

    (Four words with every decent-minded American, everyone who cares about racial equality and equal justice for all, must agree with in his or her heart):

    In Rothkopf's words:

    "No one who values the best of what the United States has stood for could watch without feeling revulsion, anger or heartbreak. No one who comes from a past such as mine, which includes similar mobs rising up and ultimately collaborating in the murder of dozens of my family members in Hitler's Europe, could view Trump's performance without a degree of fear as well."

    Appalling and revolting to the conscience of every civilized person in America as Trump's despicable attempts to shield the neo-nazi instigators from blame and shift it onto a nonexistent "alt left" instead, Charlottesville, and Trump's implied support the rally of hate and violence that took place there this past Saturday, are not the main issues.

    The main issue is that America now has a president who, in so many of his speeches and actions as candidate and president, lives, breathes and exudes racist white supremacy from every pore, every fiber of his being.

    Nowhere is this clearer than in his anti-Latino, anti-Muslim, anti-Asian and anti-black immigration policies.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 08-16-2017 at 08:26 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    From anti-immigrant persecution and hatred of non-white minorities launched by the Trump regime, to administration-supported and encouraged neo-nazi violence at Charlottesville, to the end of freedom of speech and the onset of pure fascism in America, the line runs straight and can no longer be ignored.

    Trump's vicious, racially motivated attempts to bar Muslim immigrants from coming to the US because of their religion, his efforts to engage in mass deportation of and build a wall of hatred against Latino immigrants, and his agenda of restricting South and East Asian skilled immigrants by attacking the H-1B program, not to mention his support for the RAISE Act which seeks to close off America to most non-European immigrants in the spirit of his white supremacist Warsaw address, are all part and parcel of the white supremacist agenda which led directly to the violence at Charlottesville, which Trump now blames on the "alt-left", rather than on the neo-nazis who organized the rally as a tribute to Trump's own "leadership" and "inspiration".

    But the Trump-inspired white supremacist bigotry and hatred which was so much in evidence in the violence at Charlottesville is itself only one more step, albeit a big one, on the road that leads to overt fascism in America.

    The Guardian now reports (on August 14) that Trump's Justice Department, led by his loyal (though sometimes abused by Trump himself) henchman, Jeff Sessions, is now trying to force the owner of an anti-Trump website to turn over information about more than a million visitors to the site - in an obvious attempt to intimidate people from even looking at the site.

    This attempt not only to prevent people from speaking freely but even from looking to see what other people have said is not democracy - it is fascism, pure and simple.

    While it would be an exaggeration to call Charlottesville America's Kristallnacht, there is an unmistakable parallel between Trump's progression from hatred and persecution of minority immigrants, to violence against American citizens opposed to the neo-nazi movement at Charlottesville, to the fascist attempt to wipe out free speech in the DOJ's action against the Dreamhost website and anyone who viewed the site.

    This parallel is with Adolf Hitler's rise to power in the 1930's, beginning with his attacks on Jews as scapegoats, moving on to violence and repression against all perceived opponents of the regime, and finally the total extinction of freedom for all Germans.

    This is not to say that Trump has genocide or elimination of an entire race of people as his goal as Hitler did with the Jews; clearly Trump does not and has no such objective or wish.

    But the movement from singling out a vulnerable group of people for persecution, as Hitler did with the Jews and as Trump is doing with non-white immigrants, to total dictatorship cannot be ignored.

    Many people may still not believe or be willing to accept the fact that Trump has this as his ultimate goal, but many people also refused to recognize Hitler's real purpose at the beginning either.

    Anyone who wants to gain a true understanding of the real purpose and significance of Donald Trump's anti-immigrant agenda should read The Nation. February 28, 2017:

    A Warning From History: A new biography of Hitler reminds us that there is more than one way to destroy a democracy

    by Cambridge University Professor Richard J. Evans.

    (Sorry, I do not have a direct link - please go to Google; it is well worth the time and effort.)

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 08-16-2017 at 08:24 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  7. IDBlog's Avatar
    This is how diplomats treat Senior American citizens in Argentina and also to wives applying for a visa. No comments needed, just -please- see this:

    Please join us to welcome vice-president Pence to Argentina at the embassy with this video and flyers!<wbr>v=k8t3H4nrtnc&

    Thank you,

    Julian Ortuondo
  8. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    The following comment is not directly concerned with immigration policy, but it does involve the larger question of how long Donald Trump, arguably the most anti-immigrant president America has had in almost almost a century, since the time of Calvin Coolidge and the notorious 1924 "Nordics" only immigration act which he signed, can expect to remain in office as president.

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation is closing in on Trump, perhaps slowly, but surely as The Guardian reports on August 5:

    As the Handwriting on the Wall in the Mueller investigations starts to look more and more like the Biblical words: Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin in the Book of Daniel for Donald Trump, his temptation to engage in even wilder and more dangerous saber-rattling with the paranoid North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un,

    in order to turn attention away from the Mueller investigations becomes understandably greater.

    The question is whether Trump's understandable wish to do anything possible to turn attention away from Robert Mueller could lead to a confrontation with North Korea that could turn this planet into a nuclear wasteland where no place that anyone would want to immigrate to would any longer exist, and there would be no people left to become immigrants anywhere on earth.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 08-08-2017 at 09:39 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  9. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    In my August 5 comment on the Trump supported so called RAISE act, which would make drastic cuts in legal immigration categories which used largely by people from non-white areas of the world (namely less skilled employment, refugee programs and Diversity green card), I contend that it is a misnomer to call the bill "Merit-based", and that "Meret-based", as in the word "meretricious" (deriving from the Latin word for "prostitute") would be more appropriate.

    This is because of the utter lack of good faith in the arguments which are being made in support of this bill, which might more aptly be called the RACE Act or the RUSE Act, as I explain in the above comment and a couple of earlier ones I have also posted on about the same pernicious bill, which is clearly intended to undo the reforms of the momentous civil rights era 1965 immigration act and take America back to the openly white supremacist, "Nordics only" immigration system of the 1924 law which America's current AG, Jeff Sessions, supported as a Senator in his 2015 immigration "Handbook" for Congressional Republicans, and which Adolf Hitler also praised some 90 years earlier in Mein Kampf.

    While my above blog comment deals more with legal issues involving this bill, there is also a good summary of the motives behind the introduction of this bill in a column by a writer, Amanda Marcotte, describing this bill as part of "White Supremacy Week" at the White House.

    My only question is: why is it expected to last only a week?

    Isn't Trump supposed to be there for at least 4 years?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 08-08-2017 at 05:34 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  10. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    POLITICO reports on August 2 that John Kelly, the new White House chief of staff who was moved over to that position from his previous job as DHS chief, has called Trump's embattled Attorney General to assure Jeff Sessions that his job is safe despite Trump's openly and frequently expressed anger at him for recusing himself from the Russia investigation, in which Special Counsel Robert Mueller has now impaneled a grand jury in a clear sign that this is a criminal investigation.

    Presumably, therefore, Sessions will be free to continue to carry out his agenda of turning America's immigration system back to the bigoted northern European whites only immigration act of 1924.

    Sessions praised this law as an ideal for America to follow as recently as January 2015, in his immigration "Handbook" for Congressional Republicans.

    An earlier German commentator, writing about that same law that Sessions admires so much some 90 years earlier in an autobiographical manifesto known to the world as Mein Kampf, also praised that same law and said that it gave him inspiration for his own policy proposals, which he later had the chance to put into effect beginning in 1933 and continuing until 1945. His name was Adolf Hitler.


    Jerusalem Post: 1/25/2013:

    Foundations of Holocaust:1924, Congress decides No More Jews

    Of course, even though Sessions' job appears to be safe for now, Kelly has no power to guarantee that, any more than he can guarantee his own tenure in the White House, working for a thin-skinned president with autocratic tendencies who easily takes offense at almost anything and is prone to feel "betrayed" even by his closest associates.

    It will be interesting to see whether both Kelly and Sessions, or either one of them, will still be working in the White House by the end of this year.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 08-04-2017 at 01:01 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  11. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    This is a site for discussion of policy, not personalities, but it is an inescapable truth that there are times when policies are determined by personalities, and it becomes difficult, or impossible, to separate the two.

    We are living in such a time, known as the "Donald Trump Era."

    Therefore questions about the president's mental stability are highly relevant, indeed unavoidable, in a discussion of policy matters relating to immigration or any other topic.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

  12. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Let it never be said that America's 45th chief executive's bigotry and hate extend only to non-European immigrants. His assaults against the basic rights of vulnerable and discriminated against members of our society go well beyond just foreign citizens.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  13. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Multiple news reports on July 24 indicate that Trump is moving closer and closer to firing AG Jeff Sessions, one of the president's closest supporters and most ardent defenders on immigration matters, because of the respect that Sessions showed for the rule of law in recusing himself from the Russia-related investigations that have, reportedly, so infuriated Trump and are causing him so much anguish. See, POLITICO

    If Sessions is forced out or chooses to resign, supporters of a fair and equitable immigration system where immigrants from Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and other non-white areas of the world are not systematically excluded from, or deported from, the United States en masse, will not weep many tears.

    Sessions, readers will no doubt remember, supported (in his 2015 immigration "Handbook") returning to the same openly race-based "national origins" immigration act of 1924 that cut off most immigration from outside the "Nordic" countries of Western Europe - a law that Adolf Hitler also admired, writing in Mein Kampf some 90 years earlier (though Sessions, to be fair, claimed to be supporting that noxious law for a different reason from the one that attracted so much admiration for this statute by the German Fuehrer).

    And no one has worked harder than Sessions to try to bring Trump's vision of an ethnically "pure" United States, or at least an America with an Hispanic population drastically reduced through mass deportation, than has Jeff Sessions as head of the Justice Department.

    But if Trump is so intent at enforcing slavish "loyalty" to himself, even if it means putting himself entirely above the law, that he is ready to fire one of his most loyal supporters and immigration allies, no one can say that democracy is safe in America any more.

    To the contrary, this country would be moving closer toward a Soviet-style purge system where even Stalin's closest associates were suddenly eliminated from power (or just eliminated completely) for even the slightest deviation from the party line.

    The contempt for the rule of law that was shown, among many other autocratic actions - see link below - in Trump's attempts to bludgeon the 9th Circuit and other federal courts into abject submission to his will (or mislead them, with the help of Sessions' Justice Department lawyers) into acquiescing in his Muslim ban immigration orders can, and very possibly will, lead to the loss of freedom for all Americans and its replacement by a one-man dictatorship in the United States.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 07-25-2017 at 05:45 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  14. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    More chaos in the White House, according to POLITICO, as Trump persists in castigating his own lawyers for not making the Russia scandal(s) disappear immediately, while at the same time making their own efforts to protect him more difficult, if not impossible.

    Is this White House really qualified to or in a position to develop a coherent immigration policy which respects the fundamental human rights of immigrants, as well as the values and interests of the American people in creating a society where everyone is equal before the law, regardless of race, color or religion?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 07-13-2017 at 03:39 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  15. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    As Donald Trump finds himself more and more boxed in by increasing allegations (unproven so far, to be sure) of collusion or attempted collusion with Russia by his top aides or even his son, Donald Trump Jr., to influence last year's presidential election (in which Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by almost 3 million votes); and as Special Counsel Robert Muller looks into possible Obstruction of Justice allegations (which would have no doubt long since led to frantic calls for Hillary Clinton's impeachment, if not imprisonment, if she had won the electoral college vote as well and were involved in a similar scandal), it is understandable that Trump might want to lash out at anyone or any group of people he can find as a target.

    And what better target is there than the Muslim immigrants whom Trump has been attacking as "terrorists" and "fifth columnists" for the past almost two years, supported by openly "Clash of Civilizations" Islamophobic "Holy Warriors such as Stephen Bannon, Stephen Miller and the now fired and disgraced (for unrelated reasons) Michael Flynn?

    In the very latest outrage over Trump's less than totally successful attempt to ban virtually the entire population of certain almost 100 per cent Muslim countries of the Middle East and Africa, so reminiscent of the infamous Chinese exclusion laws of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the US Customs and Border Protection Agency has detained and sent home an Iranian cancer researcher, Mohsan Dehnavi, who had a valid visa to work at a Harvard affiliated children's hospital on research which, quite reasonably, might be expected to lead to saving the lives of many American children or perhaps other cancer patients.

    CBP claims that sending Dehnavi back to Iran was not related to Trump's Muslim ban, but that it was for other, not clearly explained reasons.

    This reminds me of an old Ring Lardner story about a shady character named "Lefty".

    As I recall the story from many long years ago, Lefty goes to Philadelphia for the weekend, and someone is murdered in Philadelphia that same weekend.

    This doesn't prove that Lefty committed the murder, but suspicions that he did cannot be ruled out.

    In the same way, the Trump administration can argue all it wants that the Muslim ban, allegedly "had nothing to do" with sending this scientist and his family, all with valid visas, back to Iran, but there are those of us who will still have our suspicions.

    For more on this story, with links to relevant news articles, see my July 12 blog comment on this incident.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 07-12-2017 at 06:49 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  16. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I need to correct my previous comment in one respect:

    Justice Kennedy's opinion in Kerry v. Din was a concurring opinion instead of a plurality one, and therefore it is not binding as precedent.

    However, from a technical standpoint, the Supreme Court majority's formulation: facially legitimate and bona fide in Mandel is not binding as precedent on the issue of good faith either, because the question of whether the US Consul acted in good faith in denying Mandel a visa in that case was not before the court.

    There was no allegation that the Consul acted in bad faith in that case.

    In the Muslim ban litigation, the evidence of bad faith, i.e. gross and willful misrepresentation of the reasons for issuing the executive orders involved in those cases was, as one federal district judge put it, "mountainous"

    The fourth Circuit found that Trump's latest Muslim ban order was "dripping" with "animus" and religious discrimination against Muslims.

    Nolan wants the courts to ignore all of this evidence on an expansive theory of presidential power where if the contest is between the Leader's word and the truth, the truth loses.

    There have been and still are countries with that kind of governmental structure - Germany between 1933 and 1945, the former Soviet Union; and, today, Russia (a country which the president admires so much and to which he may owe a very large and special debt of gratitude, if certain allegations which an independent counsel in now looking into turn out to be true).

    North Korea is another country where the truth about any subject is whatever the Dear Leader (or Great Leader or whatever - it is hard to keep track), says it is.

    Fortunately, the United States of America is not such a country - no matter how much our 45th president may be trying to take it in that direction.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 07-05-2017 at 08:33 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  17. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    In the short time that he has been president, Donald Trump has without doubt succeeded in creating shock, fear and anxiety with the sheer harshness, cruelty and vindictiveness of his policies toward many different classes of immigrants: Muslims banned from entering the country because of their religion; Latinos branded as criminals and drug dealers while being torn away from their homes, businesses and families and incarcerated as part of the president's mass deportation agenda; and, perhaps most despicable of all, Trump's horrifying betrayal of over 1,000 Iraqi Christians and members of other minority Middle Eastern religions who cheered his victory in the electoral college (while losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton) on election night and trusted his promise to protect them from persecution by the inhuman monsters known as ISIS and other Islamist terrorists in their own countries- only to be locked up and made ready to be sent back to the almost certain risk of torture, death and genocide in Iraq.

    But beyond the sheer heartlessness and lack of humanity in his actions toward the minority immigrants whose non-white, European ethnicities and religious beliefs he and his top advisers such as Jeff Sessions, Stephen Bannon, Stephen Miller and, formerly, Michael Flynn, are so anxious to ethnically cleanse from America, lies and even more ominous tone in the rhetoric that Trump and his top officials are using to stir up public hatred against the targeted immigrant groups.

    An example is the June 28 official statement of Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging passage of two bills pending in Congress which seek to punish "Sanctuary Jurisdictions" for refusing to toe the line of assisting the president's ethnic cleansing mass deportation agenda.

    A look at this statement can only bring up disturbing parallels with the propaganda of 1930's Germany branding all Jews as incorrigible and dangerous criminals.

    This is not to say that there is a one-to-one comparison between the Trump administration's anti- immigrant rhetoric and the anti-Semitic propaganda of 1930's Germany; obviously the latter was far more intense and was meant to lead to the total extinction of the Jews.

    The Trump administration is only interested in mass deportation and exclusion of unwanted non-white ethnic and religious groups - not genocide, and this is a very big difference.

    But the similarities of tone in the rhetoric used against the targeted minorities in both instances cannot be overlooked.

    To be continued.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  18. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Nolan overlooks some essential points.

    First, let us look at the the phrase "facially legitimate and bona fide" which Justice Blackmun set forth as the standard in the 1972 Kleindienst v. Mandel decision holding that the courts did not have the power to look behind a consular officer's decision not to grant a visa.

    Aside from the crucial distinguishing features between Mandel and the facts in Trump's Muslim entry ban litigation (such as, for one, the fact that the visa applicant, Mandel, was determined by the US Consul to have a record of having violated the conditions of a previous US visa - a factor totally absent in the Muslim entry ban litigation), Nolan is asking us to twist the English language in a way that makes no sense whatever.

    He is asking us to read Justice Blackmun's phrase:

    "facially legitimate and bona fide" as if the word "facially" also modifies "bona fide" as well as modifying "legitimate".

    This is untenable. To be "facially" in good faith is a contradiction in term. Very few, if any, legal documents show bad faith on their face.

    The concept of good faith, almost by definition, applies to conduct relating to the purpose and intention behind a document, rather than the plain language of a document itself.

    There are a number of Supreme Court cases on this point, as well as an excellent Harvard Law Review article which I will discuss in an upcoming blog comment.

    Take the case of a marriage declaration. Implied in the declaration, in every society and culture in the world, is the concept of fidelity to one's marriage vows.

    But suppose that, at the time of entering into the marriage ceremony, the groom is already cheating on the bride and he continues to do so throughout the marriage.

    Can he claim that his marriage vows were made in good faith because the vows themselves were in proper form and said nothing about an intention to cheat?

    But this is what Nolan, in essence, is arguing in the Muslim ban case - that merely because Trump's executive orders didn't say: "The president hates" Muslims" , the courts have no power to look at the surrounding circumstances, which as the 4th Circuit majority determined in its opinion, were dripping with "animus" and religious discrimination against Muslims on Donald Trump's part.

    But this is only the beginning of the flaws in Nolan's contention. If he has any argument at all, based on Mandel, that argument is destroyed by Justice Kennedy's plurality opinion (writing for a majority of the Justices who agreed with the result in that case) in Kerry v. Din (2015), another case dealing with a consular visa refusal, where the court applied and interpreted the above quoted phrase in the Mandel case.

    I will show why in a forthcoming blog comment or letter on this point.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 06-24-2017 at 08:18 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  19. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I just reviewed the new 9th circuit travel ban decision. I was puzzled by the fact that it did not apply the supreme court's facially legitimate standard. A computer search of the 86 page decision uncovered a discussion of Mandel in a footnote. Se footnote 9 on page 33, which reads as follows:

    This claim looks at whether the President appropriately exercised his authority under 1182(f) by satisfying its precondition, and whether, and to what extent, his authority under 1182(f) is cabined by other provisions of the INA. Because this challenge does not look at whether “the Executive exercises this [delegated and conditional exercise of] power negatively,” Mandel, 408 U.S. at 770 (emphasis added), nor involves a constitutional challenge by a citizen to a visa denial on the basis of congressionally enumerated standards, id. at 769–70, but rather looks at whether the President exceeded the scope of his delegated authority, we do not apply Mandel’s “facially legitimate and bona fide reason,” id., standard. See Sale, 509 U.S. at 166–77 (reviewing whether the executive order complied with the INA without reference to Mandel’s standard).

    Do you agree with what then court is saying?

    Nolan Rappaport

  20. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    POLITICO has a wonderful report dated June 21 on the evident influence that the ancient Greek historian, Thucydides, is having on White House thinking regarding foreign affairs, especially regarding the need to avoid any possible conflict between the US and China.

    While the president himself is not exactly known for his intellectual distinction, it is encouraging to know that at least some of his advisers are learning from the classics, which have so much to teach us about history and human nature. See:

    As a high school student at Phillips Academy, Andover (Mass.) many decades ago, it was my great fortune to be introduced to ancient Greek, but the only historian we read was Xenophon - I have to this day never read anything by Thucydides.

    However, it is never too late to start. At the same time, given whom America now has as president, it would be well worthwhile to bone up on what Plato, Aristotle and other ancient Greek thinkers had to say about how a democracy can turn into tyranny.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 06-21-2017 at 02:24 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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