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  1. After London Attack, Trump Calls for End to "Political Correctness" (a/k/a Constitutional Freedoms). Roger Algase

    Update, June 5 at 10:32 am:

    Did the president just guarantee that he will lose his attempt in the U.S. Supreme Court to have his six almost 100 percent Muslim countries entry ban reinstated?

    POLITICO reports that on the morning of June 5, Trump blasted away at his own Justice Department for not staying with the original, seven country version of his so-called "Travel Ban" (which is not really a travel ban - the 180 million affected Middle Eastern and African Muslims are perfectly free to travel wherever they wish - just not to the US!)

    Instead, Trump blamed the DOJ for substituting the "watered down, politically correct" six country version (which Trump himself signed!) instead of the original one, which federal court after federal found showed an even clearer intent to discriminate against Muslims as a religion than the current version which is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Trump has now destroyed once and for all any possible argument by the DOJ before the High Court that the six-country ban should only be considered on its face, and that his own statements should not be considered as relevant in determining the ban order's real intent.

    The artificial and contrived argument that there should be a distinction of some sort between Trump's actions as president, and his campaign statements prior to the election has now totally collapsed - destroyed by: you guessed it, Donald Trump, president of the United States, himself.

    The statement in which Trump resoundingly endorsed the original version of the travel ban, with all of its egregious violations of Constitutional rights of both Muslim and non-Muslim U.S. Citizens and residents was made on June 4, 2017.

    Trump was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2017 almost six months before.

    The POLITICO story is at:

    My original comment follows:

    Donald Trump has lost no time in exploiting the suffering of the victims and their families in the horrific London terror attacks for which the inhuman monsters known as ISIS have now claimed responsibility.

    The president's initial response, issued in a demagogic tweet on June 3, was to call for the courts to "give us back our rights" and reinstate the "Travel Ban" (more correctly described as what is obviously intended to be an indefinite ban on entry to the US - no one with even minimal good faith could seriously argue that the ban is really intended to expire after 90 days) by almost 200 million Muslims from six countries, none of which has ever launched or sponsored a terror attack against the US.

    What "rights" is the president asking the courts to give back to him?

    As the majority opinion of 4th Circuit Chief Judge Roger Gregory makes clear, the "rights" that Trump is so anxious to "get back" amount to nothing more than an autocrat's power to bar almost 200 million members of a major world religion from entering the US, without the slightest evidence that they actually have any connection with or sympathy for the comparative handful of terrorist madmen who are responsible for despicable attacks such as the ones which have recently taken place in London and Manchester.

    In Trump's arrogation of exclusive one man power to himself to ban the entire population of six countries where almost 100 percent of the citizens belong to this one religion, one can only be reminded of the power of the Roman emperor Tiberius, who almost exactly 2,000 years ago in 19 A.D. expelled the Jews (and followers of a different Isis - the Egyptian goddess) from that city, purely on his own say so.

    In that tweet, Trump also stated that that he needed the "Travel Ban" as an "extra layer of protection" despite that fact that his call for a total ban on Muslims from everywhere in the world dates back to December, 2015, long before the attacks in England took place, and amid what one federal judge recently described as "mountainous" evidence that the ban was part of a longstanding Islamophobic political agenda, not a national security related one.

    One also has to ask what "layer of protection" the president is offering America by pursuing an agenda of religious discrimination and "animosity" (to use Judge Gregory's term) which can only play into the hands of ISIS by giving it a powerful recruiting tool, according to experts.

    In an even more troubling message for the future of America's democracy, on the same day, the president issued another tweet calling for an end to "political correctness" in connection with the London attack. For the story on both tweets, see:

    What did the president mean in this context by political correctness? He did not say.

    But judging by his behavior in the Muslim ban litigation, where he has tried to bludgeon the courts into accepting a thin "national security" pretext for an obviously religiously motivated ban, and has launched vicious personal attacks on judges who tried to uphold the truth; and by his ominous campaign statements that American Muslims should be subjected to surveillance and multiple databases, while American citizens charged with terror should be sent to Guantanamo, there is good reason to believe that the "political correctness" that our nation's 45th president wants to put an end to means the 1st, 5th and 14th amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America.

    In other words, when the president rails against "political correctness", is his real objective to abolish the guarantees of free exercise of religion, due process of law and equal protection of the law for Muslim U.S. citizens who would be affected by his six Muslim country entry ban, as alleged in the 4th and 9th Circuit lawsuits?

    And if those basic, "politically correct" Constitutional freedoms are taken away from Muslim Americans, how much longer will it be before all other Americans lose these essential rights of a free and democratic society too?
    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, he has been helping high skilled and employment-based immigrants receive work visas and green cards.

    Roger's practice is concentrated on H-1B, O-1 and J-1 work visas, and on green cards through labor certification and through marriage. His email address is

    Updated 06-05-2017 at 09:51 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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