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  1. Trump Uses "Caravan" of Honduran Asylum-Seekers in Mexico as Excuse to Play to White Supremacist Base. Roger Algase

    A "caravan" of about 1,000 desperate mainly women and children asylum-seekers from violence-ridden Honduras, which has one of the highest homicide rates in the world, is now reportedly stuck in Mexico while on its way to the United States border to seek admission.

    This has given Trump yet another opportunity to stir up fears and animosity against brown immigrants among his white supporters, and to call for even more draconian anti-immigrant measures, including sending the National Guard to police the Mexican border in the absence of Congressional funding for the demagogic border wall proposal with which he began his presidential campaign almost three years ago.

    For a report on the alleged influence of two leading figures who have frequently been criticized by immigration supporters as being associated with white supremacist anti-immigrant ideology, presidential adviser Stephen Miller and right wing columnist Ann Coulter, on Trump's decision to send the National Guard to the Mexican border, see:

    CNN Editor at Large Chris Cillizza makes the following comment about Trump's use of the would-be migrants, who present no evident danger whatsoever to the United States, to promote his agenda of playing to the prejudices and xenophobia of his white supporters in a September 2 article:

    Donald Trump's latest dog whistle on immigration is more like a scream

    In Cillizza'a words:

    "The just-below the surface message is this. White people made this country great. Brown people are flooding in. They pose an existential threat to your daily life and what the future holds for your children. If you don't fight back now, you may lose everything...

    There's no question that talk of invading immigrants rallies the Trump base. Ditto calls for the need for a wall."

    No further explanation of the motivation behind Donald Trump's immigration agenda is necessary, other than to point out that building a wall against immigrants is just one example of how playing to fears and prejudice against people of a different ethnicity, color or religion from the majority has enabled dictators to seize power throughout modern history, as is happening today in Hungary.

    While no one could reasonably claim that all, or even most, of 1,000 of the individuals in the above "caravan" who are trying to reach the US border to bring asylum claims under an immigration law which Trump has condemned as "dumb" and "ridiculous" but is nonetheless still the law of the land, his attack on the caravan people is no means an isolated occurrence.

    It is clearly part of the strategy of calling for abolition of the same kind of legal family immigration which enabled Trump's own mother and grandfather to immigrate to America from Europe; and which, very recently, has also allowed his wife's parents to do the same thing, simply because most of the many millions of immigrants who have benefited from this program over the past few decades were not from white parts of the world.

    It is part of the same strategy of trying to eliminate the diversity green card lottery, which no US politicians complained about when it was limited mainly to white immigrants from Europe, but which Trump is now trying to demonize because most of the immigrants who benefit from it now are from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    It is the same strategy that has led the Trump administration to cancel TPS for immigrants from a number of non-white countries, to terminate DACA (much as Trump, in the style of George Orwell, tries to blame this on the Democrats), to lower the number of refugees to a trickle; and to throw more administrative roadblocks in the way of approvals for various legal immigration benefits, ranging from H-1B skilled worker visas to family-based green cards.

    Therefore, while the caravan people, on the surface, may appear to be a group of women and children who are so anxious to escape intolerable conditions in their own country that they may be trying to come to the US without proper qualifications for admission, in a larger sense, they represent millions of other people from every part of the world whom Trump wants to deprive of the opportunity to come to America legally merely because they have the "wrong" skin color or practice the "wrong" religion.

    In that sense, the caravan people represent the ideals of equality, fairness and justice in our immigration system that America has stood for since 1965, when the whites-only "national origins" 1924 immigration act which, literally as well as in spirit, restricted US immigration to what Trump now favors as "countries like Norway", over what he now calls the "shithole" countries of Africa, the Caribbean and Central America, was abolished.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 04-12-2018 at 06:17 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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