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  1. Immigration Court Backlog as of March 2018

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    Posted by Nolan Rappaport

    Updated 05-05-2018 at 06:05 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. Trump Threatens to "Close Up Our Country" and Abolish Immigration Judges While Continuing Ethnic Cleansing by Ending Honduran TPS. Roger Algase

    Update: May 7, 2:15 pm also reports that in a May 4 speech to the NRA, Trump doubled down on his notorious 2015 campaign attack on Mexican immigrants by saying:

    "What can be simpler or accurately stated? The Mexican government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc."

    While gun control policy is beyond the scope of these comments, this writer has to admit to finding it personally obscene, to put it politely, that the president of the United States would repeat the racist lie, refuted by objective studies, that Mexican or other Hispanic immigrants commit more violent crimes than native born Americans in front of a group that bears such heavy responsibility for defeating gun control legislation.

    This legislation might save the lives of 10,000 American killed in gun violence each year, including dozens, or hundreds, of murdered innocent schoolchildren whose lives can never be replaced. Scapegoating immigrants for violent crimes in front of a group such as the NRA is beyond reprehensible. It requires a much stronger word than that.

    My earlier comment follows:

    In yet another one of the almost daily examples of persecution and ethnic cleansing of non-white immigrants which Donald Trump promised to his white supremacist base voters during the campaign and which are now the centerpiece of his presidency, DHS has announced the cancellation of TPS for 57,000 Hondurans who have been living in the US for 20 years.

    And, the Daily Mail (UK) reports that in a May 5 statement to a business round table group that was supposed to be about tax policy, Trump used the occasion to threaten to "close up our country" to immigrants entirely. He also criticized the fact that the US has immigration judges at all, saying: "Do you think other countries have judges?"

    This last statement strongly suggests that Trump wants not only to close up America against immigrants, but against democracy as well.

    CNN also reports Trump's latest attack on immigrants as follows, in the context of his repeated demands for border wall funding:

    "And we may have to close up our country to get this straight, because we either have a country or we don't. And you can't allow people to pour into the country the way they're doing."

    CNN also reports an early reaction to this latest presidential outburst of demagogy and scapegoating against Hispanic and other non-white immigrants. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), who represents Seattle and the surrounding area, stated that Trump:

    " absolutely out of his mind to think this is any kind of a reasonable line with our values."

    She also said:

    "This president has done everything he can every time he's in trouble to turn around and try to turn it against immigrants and it really deeply saddens me."

    It should also sadden every decent American.

    The official pretext for TPS cancellation is that Honduras has by now recovered from a 1998 earthquake which was the initial reason for granting TPS. However, Honduras is now in the throes of a different kind of "earthquake", namely gang violence and a sky high homicide rate that has made it one of the most dangerous countries on earth to live in.

    But the Trump administration obviously does not care about the humanitarian catastrophe that would be caused by be sending 74,000 long term inhabitants of the US to such a dangerous country. Trump, is, quite clearly, only interested in adding to the total of non-white immigrants from various other countries, mostly in Central America and the Caribbean, but also including Nepal, who will be forced to leave the United States through losing their TPS as part of his agenda to Make America White Again.

    The total number of immigrants who are in the process of losing their TPS protection under the Trump administration and who will soon be facing deportation, despite many years of living in the US with legal protection and strong ties to this country, now stands at almost 400,000 men, women and children.

    All of these targets of Trump's latest assaults on Latino, Muslim, Asian and black legal immigrants, not only those who lack authorization to be in the United States, happen to be human beings, even though that might not necessarily be clear to Donald Trump, since they are not from "Countries Like Norway".

    It may be easy to dismiss Trump's comments about "closing up our country" and eliminating judges as mere hyperbole coming from a president who is not known for his precise use of language.

    But in many ways, not only in expanding mass deportations without regard for considerations of basic humanity and creating fear in immigrant communities across America, but in raising new barriers to legal immigration from primarily non-white parts of the world, Trump's immigration policies are turning out to be just as extreme as his language.

    No matter how outrageous or off-the-wall many of Trump's comments about immigration may sound, ignoring or trying to downplay them risks putting the open, non-discriminatory immigration system that America has had for the past half century in acute danger - along with our democracy.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 05-07-2018 at 07:23 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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