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  1. Melania Trump Wore "I Really Don't Care" Jacket While Visiting Separated Children; Rabbi Warns Dehumanizing Immigrants Risks Genocide. Roger Algase

    There has been a great deal of media speculation about why Melania Trump wore a jacket saying: "I really don't care. Do U?" when she visited an immigration detention center in Texas to express her obviously sincere and genuine sympathy for the terrified and traumatized young immigrant children who were torn away from their parents by her husbands brutal and sadistic attempts to keep non-white immigrants out of the US at all costs - some of whom may never be able to see their parents again even though the president has since backed down on this heartless and cruel policy.

    The reason that the First Lady, even though she was clearly trying to help the children, wore clothes with such a callous and heartless message, was that she was, in all probability, trying to tell the world what Donald Trump's real attitude is - not only toward the suffering of the children and the mental anguish and torment of the separated parents, but to the fear, anxiety and dashing of hopes to immigrants whose lives are being devastated and destroyed by the president's agenda of mass expulsion and exclusion of immigrants in all categories, legal as well as unauthorized - merely because he doesn't like their skin color or religion; or because they come from places that are not "countries like Norway".

    Indeed Donald Trump's entire agenda toward immigrants from every part of the world outside Europe could be summed up in the words on the First Lady's Jacket:

    "I really don't care. Do U?"

    In the meantime, as Donald Trump continues to stir up hatred against Latino and other non-white immigrants by associating them with MS-13, most recently at a June 23 campaign rally in Nevada for that state's incumbent Senator Dean Heller

    (See June 23 Washington Post - I don't have the link but the report is available through Google)

    a UK rabbi, Laura Klausner, warns that demonizing immigrants as less than fully human could create the same conditions that led to genocide against the Jews.

    Speaking specifically about Trump's child separation policy, Rabbi Klausner stated:

    The numbing of empathy, the dehumanization of other people through the encouragement of disdain are documented stages in history that have led to atrocities and even genocides."

    And as a reminder that Trump's treatment of immigrants from Central America and other non-white parts of the world which he calls "shithole countries" whom he regards as less than human is not limited to just making speeches comparing them to "animals" but is actually at the foundation of his immigration policies, see immigration advocate Juan Escalante in (May 19)

    Trump's 'animals' comments: It's not just rhetoric. Trump's policies treat immigrants like me as animals

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 06-24-2018 at 08:38 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. It's Not Just About Separating the Children. Trump and Sessions are Turning Back 50 Years of Progress in Racial Equality, Civil Rights. Roger Algase

    As the nation tries to recover from the shock of Trump's brutal treatment of immigrant children as punishment for their parents' "crime" of "EWL", i.e. attempting to enter the United States while Latino, and as the parents of more than 2,000 young children detained by ICE in the past month wonder if they will ever be reunited with their children

    media focus has, understandably, been on the strictly immigration-related aspect of this atrocity by the Trump-Sessions-Miller triumvirate. Some articles have focused on the narrowest issue of all - the question of whether this is effective border enforcement policy or not, as if this issue were more important than what happens to the children. See:

    Many other comments, including my own, have attempted to place Trump's child separation in the context larger war on immigrants from all parts of the world other than Europe, but this approach is also inadequate in the face of the enormity of the cruelty and sadism that America has just experienced in the adoption of this policy on such a large scale in the past month or so.

    (Yes I know - President Obama did it too - to the tune of about 6 or 7 immigrant children per month during his entire presidency, compared to almost 1,000 per month under Trump's inhuman "zero tolerance" policy announced in May of this year - does that excuse Trump from responsibility)?

    Therefore the only way we can fully understand the full horror of Trump's child separation policy, which more properly deserves to be called ethnic cleansing than immigration enforcement, is to look at it in the larger context of its effect on American society as a whole.

    I wrote about this in my June 21 Immigration Daily comment, which discusses how Trump's child separation policy, which deserves to be called ethnic cleansing more than immigration enforcement, is part of America's march toward dictatorship under a president who thinks that his brutality toward immigrant children made him look "strong" - like other "strongmen" the world over.


    But there is another, equally important and dangerous way in which Trump's entire immigration agenda, of which child separation was only the tip of the iceberg, is only part of a larger policy of taking America back to an earlier era of injustice and discrimination. Trump's administration is reverting to policies of open white supremacy, not only in the area of immigration though mass deportation and efforts to cut back or eliminate legal visas which Trump thinks are helping too many non-European immigrants, but in all aspects of American life.

    The Atlantic describes this policy in detail in a June 18 article

    which I will have more to say about in a future comment. This article shows that almost every policy that has been bringing America closer to being a country of racial equality and justice in the past 50 years is now being undermined under the direction of Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who was also the chief enforcer and spokesman for Trump's vile child separation policy, which Trump is now replacing with an announced almost equally cruel and vicious (as well as illegal under current law, which Trump says he will try to have changed) indefinite family detention policy.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 06-22-2018 at 03:09 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  3. European Union refugee application outcomes for 1st quarter 2018

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    Posted by Nolan Rappaport

    Updated 06-21-2018 at 01:23 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  4. Trump's Barbaric Child Separation Ends (For Now). But His Reign of Terror Against Non-White Immigrants Continues to Threaten Democracy. Roger Algase

    On June 20, Donald Trump gave into overwhelming pressure from all sectors of the American public, including not only religious leaders of all faiths and political leaders in both parties, but all living former first ladies and his own wife, and finally signed an executive order ending (at least for the moment) his cruel and barbaric child separation policy (with some loopholes or possible exceptions, and without making clear if or when the more than 2,000 young children who already have been detained will be reunited with their parents).

    However, he replaced it with an equally cruel policy of detaining immigrant families together indefinitely, even though this is now against the law - which he has said he will try to have changed, as's Dara Lind explains:

    Nor has there been the slightest letup in his attacks on non-white immigrants in general - whom he continues to demonize as criminals and threats to America's very existence as a nation on an almost daily basis, as well as (recalling the Nazis attacks against the Jews), people who are "infesting" this country like vermin.

    Also, while this has been largely ignored in the media, Trump's inhuman policy of separating young children from their parents in an attempt to terrorize Central American and other non-white immigrants from seeking refuge in the United States is the other side of the coin of his frantic attempts to abolish critically important categories of legal family immigration which allow adult children to reunite with their parents.

    He calls this by the pejorative term "chain migration" and, again resorting to the Big Lie strategy at the foundation of his entire immigration agenda, accuses these legal family immigrants of being criminals and terrorists merely because most of them are not from "countries like Norway".

    But the most fundamental issue of all in Trump's anti-immigrant agenda is not even the question of whether immigrants to America will have the preferred European ancestry (which Trump upheld above all others at a speech in Poland almost exactly a year ago) or the white skin color which the more than 2,000 young Central American children who were brutally torn away from their parents within the past couple of weeks most noticeably lack.

    The biggest issue of all is whether America's democracy will be able to survive these corrosive attacks by the president and his enablers on our most fundamental values of equal justice and basic human rights.

    This issue is comprehensively and thoughtfully explored in an June 20 article on the site: called:

    Trump's act of state terrorism against children

    The article begins, with regard to Trump's child separation:

    "State violence against children has a long, dark history among authoritarian regimes.

    Josef Stalin's police took children from the parents he labelled as 'enemies of the people'".

    (A phrase, not coincidentally, which Trump has used against media that disagree with his policies on various issues.)

    This article continues:

    "Adolf Hitler, Francisco Franco and Augusto Pinochet all separated children from their families on a large scale as a way to punish political dissidents and those parents considered disposable."

    It is easy to fall into the trap of compartmentalizing Trump's persecution of non-white immigrants as affecting only immigration law and having nothing to do with American society in general. That this way of thinking is completely mistaken has been shown, to mentions one item only, by the repeated threats of Trump's AG, Jeff Sessions, who also oversaw the inhuman child separation agenda, to prosecute and jail American citizens who "harbor" unauthorized immigrants under a vague law in which providing almost any kind of assistance or support could lead to a long prison sentence.

    But the above history, as well as the history of many other dictatorships, shows that when any targeted group of people is singled out for persecution and treated like "animals". or like vermin who "infest" a given country, to use some of Trump's normal ways of speaking about non-European immigrants, freedom in that country usually disappears.

    Trump's agenda of hatred and brutality toward non-white immigrant could also one day soon lead to America's democracy becoming part of our past history, and no longer existing in our present reality.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 06-21-2018 at 02:37 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  5. summarizes six proposals to end the separation of families immigrating illegally at the border.

    In May, the Trump Administration began a new zero-tolerance policy that is separating families at the border when they attempt to illegally immigrate to the United States. Six proposals are now before Congress to end this practice.

    The proposals take aim at ending the Administration’s actions from very different angles. That reflects the complex legal situation playing out. Although the Trump Administration has not ordered the separation of children from their families, the separation is a known, inevitable consequence of existing law that prohibits children from being detained by the Department of Homeland Security in federal prisonin this case, when their parents are detained for prosecution under the zero-tolerance policy.

    Here’s a quick summary of each proposal:

    • The simplest proposal is the Keep Families Together Act [S. 3036], which would prohibit the separation of children from their families at the border. It doesn’t specify what to do insteadthat would be left up to the Administrationbut some form of Catch and Release might be the only legal option available. The bill would also require information be given to parents on how to locate, and monthly updates about, their children. This is Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s proposal, and all Senate Democrats have signed on as cosponsors. For more, see our extended summary of the Keep Families Together Act.

    • Sen. Ted Cruz’s Protect Kids and Parents Act goes further. The bill would require that families be detained together. It would also speed up the judicial process by doubling the number of immigration judges available to hear cases and limit the duration of asylum review cases, and it would require that written guidance be given to asylum applications on how to locate separated children. For more, see our extended summary of the Protect Kids and Parents Act.


    Posted by Nolan Rappaport

    Updated 06-20-2018 at 05:20 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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