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  1. 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.

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/201...medical-school

    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).

    http://thehill.com/opinion/immigrati...reyhound-buses

    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.)
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    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
    algaselex@gmail.com

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

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