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  1. Trump Unleashes Twitter Tirade Against DACA and Mexico, as W. H. Photo Shows Most Interns are as White as Trump's Immigration Agenda. Roger Algase

    Update, April 2 at 3:22 pm:

    According to the latest story in The Guardian about Trump's Twitter Tirades against Dreamers and other Mexican/Central American immigrants, Trump is now claiming that, because of them,"our country is being stolen".

    The racial implications of this and other similar anti-immigrant epithets coming from the president are too obvious and frequent to be ignored by the media any longer. This latest statement is an obvious dog whistle to Trump's white nationalist base that America's "white identity" is being taken away by brown-skinned immigrants, both legal and illegal.

    Such is the foundation of White House immigration policy in the Donald Trump Era.

    Update, April 1 at 9:57 pm:

    For a more complete story about the details of the venom which Trump let loose against Dreamers and Mexican immigrants while on his way to worship on Easter Sunday see, The Guardian:

    Easter tirade: Trump attacks Nafta and says 'No more Daca deal'

    The following comment has been revised and updated as of April 1 at 2:53 pm:

    In his own unique version of the "Easter Spirit of goodwill", Donald Trump lashed out at DACA and Mexican immigrants in general on the morning of April 1 in a tirade of tweets, vowing that there would be no DACA deal and threatening to cancel NAFTA over Mexico's alleged failure to stop "caravans" of illegal immigrants from coming to the United States.

    According to multiple news reports, Trump has been accompanied on his trip to Mar-a-Lago by top immigration adviser, Stephen Miller, who has been widely accused of having white supremacist sympathies and associations. Trump also reportedly had his usual heavy dose of watching Fox News, which no one would claim to be a supporter of immigration from non-white parts of the world, before issuing his anti-Mexican twitter rants.

    One might ask what has happened to the Donald Trump who recently expressed "Love" for the Dreamers and who, according to some of his supporters, is really their "best friend". But this would be a useless question.

    Not entirely by coincidence, the White House has also released a photo of its latest interns, showing only 5 non-white interns out of a total of 91.

    Given Trump's abundant record of venomous attacks on immigrants of color from many parts of the world both as candidate and president; and, in addition to terminating TPS and DACA legal status for hundreds of thousands of non-white immigrants who are already in the US, his push to change the legal immigration system to eliminate family and diversity visas which have helped millions of legal immigrants from Latin America, Asia and Africa to come to the US over the past decades, this latest White House photo could well be looked at as a template for Trump's continuing whites-only agenda for legal immigration.

    For more about the deep roots in America's immigration history of Trump's efforts to skew the legal immigration system in order to Make America White Again, see, (January 18):

    The scary ideology behind Trump's immigration instincts

    Well worth reading and reflecting on in the light of Trump's latest Easter outburst against immigrants of color.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 04-02-2018 at 02:22 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. Attention, Visa Applicants: Big Brother Donald is Watching You on Social Media. He Also Wants to Defy Congress on Border Wall Spending. Roger Algase

    Update, March 31, 10:45 am:

    In yet another example of the apparent instinct toward dictatorship which has very arguably characterized the Trump presidency, and in which immigration policy has been a major factor (see the two latest examples below), Trump launched another attack against the Washington Post, which has been one of his strongest media critics on immigration, in an early morning Saturday, March 31 tweet.

    In the tweet, sent on his way to the golf course, Trump claimed that the Post should "register" as a "lobbyist" for Amazon, whose owner, Jeff Bezos, also owns that paper. Trump also accused Amazon of scamming the US Post Office to the tune of $2.6 billion by paying unreasonably law shipping rates.

    Threats to punish media which are critical of the regime, and attempts to hurt or destroy the businesses of regime opponents, are a common feature of banana republics and other dictatorships. They have no place in a free and democratic society.

    Trump's latest attacks on the Washington Post, hardly his first one on a free and independent press since launching his presidential campaign and taking office as president, have not yet reached the level of jailing and allegedly poisoning independent journalists, as is the case with Vladimir Putin, whose relationship with Trump and/or Trump's associates is still under investigation by Robert Mueller (someone else whom Trump would obviously like to remove as an obstacle to his ambitions as soon as possible).

    But Trump's relentless attacks and threats against opposing media and journalists who disagree with his policies on immigration, among other issues, are moving in the same direction as Putin's.

    My earlier comment follows:

    If you are a US visa applicant from anywhere in the world, not just a suspected terror-prone area, Big Brother Donald Trump may soon be watching your social media posts for the past five years, as well as your phone numbers, email addresses and travel history during the same period.

    The Guardian
    reports that under new proposed procedures which have just been published in the Federal Register, Trump's promised "extreme vetting" of visa applicants, with what the ACLU accurately calls its chilling effect on free speech and association, will, if adopted, apply to all visa applicants world wide, not just those from Muslim or other "suspect" countries, as announced by the State Department last May.

    If foreign citizens are subjected to this kind of ideological scrutiny, which, based on Trump's notorious intolerance for any kind of criticism or opposition, will inevitably target visa applicants who have ever made any negative comments concerning him or his policies, can it be very long before the same kind of surveillance and thought control is directed against American citizens as well - if, indeed, this is not happening already?

    Welcome, George Orwell, to the spirit of Donald Trump's America (but just don't bother to apply for permission to come here).

    And in another indication that a quaint but now outmoded doctrine which used to known as the Rule of Law in America has no place in Trump's White House, The Guardian also reports that the president is considering possible attempts to get around clear Congressional restrictions (in the just enacted spending bill) against using federal money to pay for his Mexican border wall by improperly using military funds for this purpose.

    Again, this is an issue which shows the danger that Trump's anti-immigrant agenda presents to America's democracy in general. We have a Constitution which says that Congress, not the president, makes the laws in this country.

    If the president can overturn these laws just on his own as part of his efforts to stop Mexican and other non-white immigrants from coming to the United States, then we may still "have a country", to borrow from Trump's favorite expression that we "won't have a country" if immigrants continue to come in from parts of the world, or with skin color or religions, that he doesn't like.

    But it will not be a country based on the principles of freedom and government by the people that America was founded on and has always stood for throughout its history up to now.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 03-31-2018 at 05:51 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  3. Trump Continues War on Immigrants With Reported Plans to Deny Residency Over Common Tax Benefits and Add Citizenship Question to Census. Roger Algase

    In its latest moves to divide America along racial lines and reduce the number of non-white immigrants, the Trump administration is reportedly considering two proposals which could which could transform the ethnic makeup of America for many years to come and bring the country closer to becoming an avowedly white supremacist society.

    The first action is in a reported proposal to make use of common public benefits, such as the earned income tax credit which many millions of Americans take advantage of without any problems, as grounds for denying permanent residence applications on "public charge" grounds, as initially reported in the Washington Post

    According to this report, one of the proposals being considered by the DHS could even deny immigrants a green card for having too many children!

    The second proposal, reportedly backed by Kris Kobach, the notorious author of anti-immigrant racial profiling "papers please" laws and minority voter suppression laws across the nation, is to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census form.

    The first proposal could lead to a dramatic reduction in non-white legal immigration, as many hard-working and self-supporting but lower income immigrants from around the world, could find themselves headed, not for green card approval, but for denial and deportation over the issue of using tax deductions and receiving other public benefits which Americans commonly use without any negative consequences.

    America has a long history, going back at least to anti-Irish prejudice in the mid-19th century, of using laws against less well-off immigrants as means of excluding them.

    As City University of New York assistant professor and historian Hidetaka Hirota, author of the book Expelling the Poor, states in a recent interview:

    "Ethnic prejudice really facilitated the formation of state policies that targeted the destitute."

    With regard to the census question, the clear expectation is that many immigrants, both legal and undocumented, may refuse to participate in the census entirely. This could lead to the loss of electoral votes, Congressional seats and federal funding in "blue" states with large immigrant populations which, not coincidentally, voted against Trump in the 2016 election.

    Conversely, it would increase the political power of states with overwhelmingly white populations. Proponents of the citizenship question argue that the census has asked about citizenship in the past, but this has not been the case for a long time, and it has applied only in limited instances.

    Another argument, reportedly supported by Kris Kobach, America's leading expert in minority voter suppression, and recently the driving force behind a federal commission for that purpose which Trump himself had to disband recently as useless, is that asking this question would help enforce the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

    I will leave it to George Orwell to answer that contention. See also, (January 4):

    Of course, these two moves are only the latest in a long list of recent Trump administration attempts to reduce the number of non-white immigrants in the United States and make life harder and more dangerous for those who remain or still manage to obtain legal entry to this country. See: America's Voice, March 29:

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 03-29-2018 at 04:56 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  4. Trump's Deportation Force Takes America Further Down the Road of Fear, Family Breakup, Failure of Humanity and Fascism. Roger Algase

    Two recent news stories show continuing evidence that Donald Trump's agenda of making America whiter by deporting and barring entry to Hispanic and other immigrants of color at every opportunity is leading America more and more in the direction of fear, destruction of basic family and other fundamental human values, and totalitarian rule.

    One item, of a type which has now become so commonplace that few people seem to pay much attention to it any more, is yet another story about a law-abiding, hard-working, taxpaying parent with years of residence in the US and no criminal record being torn away from his or her child or children in at a crucial time in the child or children's life to be deported by ICE and the CBP, which are rapidly becoming to Donald Trump's ideology and rise to power what the Gestapo was to Adolf Hitler's in the 1930's).

    This latest story, appearing in the Daily Kos, describes the predicament of Felix Garcia, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala with a clean record whose asylum application was denied because he was unable to obtain a lawyer to represent him, who has now been taken into custody at a routine ICE check-in and risks being deported before he can attend his DACA daughter's upcoming medical school graduation.

    What, one can ask, does America stand to gain by this shamefully cruel family breakup except enabling the president to say that he got rid of one more unwanted non-white immigrant in his drive to absolute power, just as the German Fuehrer was able to say about his actions to drive the Jews and other "undesirable" people out of Germany in the 1930's?

    (Of course, the comparison ends at this point. No one could possibly accuse Trump of supporting either anti-Semitism or genocide.)

    The other story, with frightening implications for America's chances of surviving as a democracy in the Donald Trump Era, involves the increasingly common practice of Border Patrol agents boarding Greyhound buses without warrants to conduct random searches and make random arrests of people, including US citizens, who may speak English with a foreign accent or who may "look" foreign, i.e. non-white.

    According to a March 27 opinion piece by Attorney Raul A. Reyes in The Hill, the ACLU reports that 82 percent of the people stopped by Border Patrol agents on buses in Michigan were Latino, and a third of those singled out were US citizens.

    The ACLU also reports that between 2006 and 2010 - to be sure, during the Bush-Obama, not the Trump period - CBP (Customs and Border Protection) agents mistakenly arrested almost 300 people with legal status at just one bus station (in Rochester).

    The same piece also reports that last year, which was almost entirely during the Trump era, Border Patrol agents stopped a bus arriving in Boston from Vermont and refused to allow anyone to leave until they had checked the ID's of passengers who had accents or were not white, in an action that was widely criticized for dehumanizing people.

    The above disturbing developments, which indicate that no American or foreign citizen, especially one who is not white, is safe from being summarily stopped and arrested for traveling on a long distance bus without the proper papers in Donald Trump's America, deserve much more attention by the media than the current titillating stories about whether or not the president allegedly had an affair with Stormy Daniels and/or other women and then tried to silence them; or even the current focus on student protests over the lack of gun control laws.

    (This is specially true because no matter how many gun massacres and protests may take place in the future, our gun control laws are unlikely to likely to change any time soon, any more than Donald Trump is likely to start campaigning to increase immigration visas for applicants from Africa and Latin America, or than he is to raise the tiny number of desperate refugees from the Middle East whom he is now admitting to anything even remotely approaching a level consistent with America's moral and humanitarian responsibilities.)
    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 30 years, Roger has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from diverse parts of the world obtain H-1B and other employment and family based work visas and green cards.

    Roger's current practice, besides H-1B, is concentrated in O-1 extraordinary ability visas, J-1 training visas; and green cards through Labor Certification. and through marriage, parent-child, or other family relationships.

    Roger's email address is

    Updated 03-28-2018 at 11:01 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  5. Trump, Dems can solve the DACA problem by redefining it. By Nolan Rappaport

    © Greg Nash

    President Donald Trump and Republican congressmen have been trying unsuccessfully to cut a deal with the Democrats that would provide lawful status for the undocumented aliens in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

    The negotiations have seemed promising sometimes, such as when Trump offered a legalization program for 1.8 million undocumented aliens with his Framework on Immigration Reform & Border Security, but the Democrats would not agree to the concessions he was demanding in this four-pillar proposal.

    I hope the Democrats are not holding out for a DREAM Act like the American Hope Act of 2017, which would have legalized millions of undocumented aliens who came to America as children. I call it “The False Hope Act” in a previous article I wrote about it.

    DREAM Acts have been pending since 2001. The Democrats could have passed one during Barack Obama’s administration. From January 2009 to January 2011, they had a strong majority in the House, and until Scott Brown’s special election in 2010, a filibuster-busting majority in the Senate. But they chose not to do it.

    It might be more productive at this point to put negotiations about DACA and DREAM Acts aside and try a different approach. My suggestion is to work on creating a place in the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) program for the DACA participants.

    This little-known humanitarian program makes lawful permanent resident (LPR) status available to undocumented alien children in the United States who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by one or both parents and who should not be returned to their own countries.

    The SIJ Program


    Published originally on The Hill.

    About the author. Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years; he subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years.

    Updated 03-27-2018 at 09:40 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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