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  1. Shutdown Was Caused by Trump's Norway Over Africa Legal Immigration Agenda, not Democrats Backing "Unchecked Illegal Immigration". Roger Algase

    Donald Trump is now continuing the inflammatory falsehoods about non-white immigrants which have characterized every stage of his campaign and presidency from the beginning up until now by accusing the Democrats of causing the government shutdown which began on January 20 because they allegedly want "unchecked illegal immigration", according to a report in The Hill.

    Nothing could be further from the truth. To be sure, the Democrats have been insisting on protection for DACA recipients as the price for their agreement to keep the government open. But Trump himself has stated many times that the DREAMERS need legal protection from Congress. He has himself repeatedly called on Congress to provide such protection - after he created the crisis in the first place by cancelling DACA.

    Recently, Trump even called on Congress to pass a "Bill of Love" for DREAMERS.

    Neither DACA, nor any dispute over illegal immigration in general, was the sticking point that caused the government shutdown. To the contrary, there can be no question that the shutdown was caused by Trump's demand for sharp reductions in legal immigration, affecting potentially tens of millions of immigrants from non-white parts of the world, as the price for an agreement to help DACA recipients.

    On January 11, a small bipartisan group Senators came to Trump with a proposed DACA legislative solution, and that Trump angrily rejected the proposal. His rejection did not have anything to do with DACA itself, or with the DREAMERS.

    Instead, Trump rejected the proposal because it did not include massive cutbacks in legal immigration - specifically, abolishing extended family immigration - pejoratively called "chain migration" by Trump's white supremacist supporters - which has been central to America's immigration system for the past 50 years and has enabled 30 or 40 million immigrants from non-white parts of the world to come the the US legally during this period.

    Attempting to label legal family-based immigration. as well has the Diversity Visa lottery, which which Trump now also wants to abolish because it has been especially advantageous for legal immigrants from what has Trump reportedly called the "shithole countries" of Africa,"unchecked illegal immigration", is nothing more or less than using the Big Lie technique of Adolf Hitler.

    Trump has been using this same technique in many other statements he has made about extended family immigration and the Diversity Visa, in which he has tried to link both of these legal immigration programs to terror and crime without the slightest shred of evidence or justification.

    Trump made his position on a DACA deal clear in a December 29, 2017 tweet:

    "The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & the ridiculous lottery system of immigration, etc."
    (Italics added.)

    When the president told Senate negotiators two weeks later, on January 11, that a DACA deal was "dead" unless they agreed to change the law in order to favor legal immigration from white countries such as Norway instead of African countries or Haiti, he was saying the same thing as he did in above previous tweet.

    The president's insistence on forcing immigration supporters to agree to abolish legal visa categories which have been been used primarily by immigrants from non-white countries, so that he can achieve his stated goal of enabling legal more immigrants to come from Scandinavia in the future and fewer to be admitted from Africa and the Caribbean, is the only reason why we now have a government shutdown.

    As Jamelle Bouie explained succinctly on on January 19:

    "Last week, the president scuttled the deal [to reach a legislative solution for DACA] brokered by Sens. Lindsay Graham and Dick Durbin, following a now-infamous meeting where Trump called both Haiti and various African nations 'shitholes'. Since then, the White House has been silent on what it wants from a deal, even though Trump's priorities are not hard to discern - he wants more white immigrants and fewer immigrants from countries whose citizens are largely black and brown."

    Indeed, one could accurately say that, with few if any exceptions, all of Trump's immigration statements and actions as candidate and president, from his initial slurs of Mexican and Latino immigrants as "criminals" and "rapists"; his Muslim and refugee ban orders; "extreme vetting" of immigrants; ramped-up arrest and deportation dragnet; support for the Eurocentric RAISE Act's emphasis on skilled over family immigration while taking many steps to make H-1B and other skilled immigration visas harder to obtain; and his efforts to slow down legal immigration processing in general: all of these are ultimately aimed at making America's immigration system whiter and more European.

    Trump's attempt to blame the shutdown on his opponents' alleged support for "unchecked illegal immigration" is a blatant use of the infamous Big Lie technique. It is unworthy of a president of the United States.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 01-21-2018 at 05:04 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. Mayors from seven major French cities write open letter saying they are overwhelmed by the flow of migrants 19/01/18

    Note. While researching an article I am writing on how Hungary is dealing with illegal immigration, I happened upon this article about France. It's sad that the situation had to get to this point. Nolan

    The mayors of seven large
    French cities have appealed to the national government to save them from the 'social emergency' of huge numbers of migrants.

    Local chiefs from Nantes, Lille, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Rennes, Toulouse andStrasbourg wrote an open letter to Parisian officials to beg for relief from the'extreme tension' caused by the arrival of people seeking a new home.

    The mayors - including this year's presidential hopeful Alain Juppé (fromBordeaux) - explained that there had been a 'massive rise in the demand forasylum', with 'several thousand' migrants arriving every month.

    Writing to Le Monde, they added: 'A social emergency. An urgent solidarity. [Our cities] are, on this subject as on others, on the front line.

    'We can not, we must not, resign ourselves to the human, social and health drama of uprooting migrants. Every month, several thousand people arrive inour cities.

    'Integrating those recognized as refugees and helping those who have lost their right of asylum who still remain in our territory is a major issue.'

    The letter further explained that the crisis - of 'a proportion never before known' - was leading to a 'saturation' of core services supplied to migrants such as housing and welfare despite a 'steady increase' in the number of places made available.


    Submitted by Nolan Rappaport

    Updated 01-19-2018 at 04:58 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  3. "Chain Migration" and Visa Lottery Originally Promoted White Immigration. That Changed, So Trump and GOP Now Want to Abolish Them. Roger Algase

    If the Federal Government shuts down beginning on January 20, the first anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration as President, there can be little doubt that one of the main causes, if not the only one, will have been the president's persistent refusal to agree to a DACA solution that does not also met his repeated demand the "Chain Migration" (a pejorative term for family immigration for parents and siblings of US citizens) and the Diversity Visa Lottery must be abolished.

    Despite the efforts of Trump supporters to obfuscate or downplay the effect of Trump's horrific "shithole" (or was it "shithouse"?) comment on January 11, which was made in the course of Trump's reported angry rejection of a DACA proposal by a group of Senators which would NOT have ended family immigration or the Diversity Lottery, Trump has attacked both these programs so many times, and so pejoratively, that there can be no serious doubt that his opposition is based on race.

    As recently as January 17, two days before the shutdown deadline, the Daily Mail reported that Trump and his Republican supporters were still adamant about ending the Diversity lottery and cutting back on legal family based immigration, (which Trump has referred to several times, most recently in a December 29, 2017 tweet, as "horrible"), as the price for agreeing to a solution for DACA recipients - who are in a desperate situation only because Trump unilaterally cancelled their program four months ago, effective in March of this year.

    Beyond question, these two programs have become symbols of immigration in general from non-white areas of the world. For that reason, they have come under fierce attack from white supremacist spokesmen and politicians, politely referred to as immigration "conservatives" or "hard liners", whom Trump looks to and relies on as his "base".

    But "Chain Migration" and the Visa Lottery were not always identified with immigration from non-white parts of the world. Both were originally instituted for the purpose of maintaining the predominantly European focus of immigration and makeup of America's population.

    In order to understand this, we need to look at the history of the landmark 1965 immigration reform law which abolished the openly racist, "Nordics"-only immigration act of 1924, and which has formed the foundation of America's immigration policy for the past half century.

    A January 13 article by Alison Durkee on explains this history clearly and succinctly as follows:

    "Trump and [Arkansas Republican Senator Tom] Cotton's attacks on the 'un-American' program, however, ignore the fact that it was conservatives who imposed family-based immigration in the first place. Their intention, though, was to keep the country dominated by white Europeans, and has since backfired and led to the transformation of the US."

    The article continues:

    "The U.S. first adopted its emphasis on family immigration in the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, also known as the Hart-Celler Act. This was a transformative piece of legislation that abolished a prior system of national origin quotas that heavily favored Europeans...While the Democrat[ic]-led act was initially based aound skills and education that would be 'eapecially advantageous' to the U.S., a last minute political compromise was struck to assuage conservatives who wanted the U.S. to remain predominantly populated by white Europeans: family-based immigration."

    To be continued.

    Updated 01-19-2018 at 08:34 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  4. 'Gang of Six' DACA bill is an exploitative political statement. By Nolan Rappaport

    © Getty

    Last week, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) met with President Donald Trump to discuss a DACA proposal that, according to Durbin, could be released to the public as early as Wednesday. Graham and Durbin are in a bipartisan group of senators that put the plan together, called the Gang of Six.

    President Barack Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to give temporary legal status to aliens who were brought to the United States illegally when they were children.

    There were 690,000 DACA participants when Trump terminated the program on September 5, 2017, with a six-month grace period.

    Trump rejected the Gang of Six’s proposal and criticized the democrats for not negotiating in good faith.

    On Sunday, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), another member of the Gang of Six, defended his Democratic colleagueson the This Week television program. He said the Democrats are negotiating in good faith, and the proposal is bipartisan. Three of the Gang of Six members are Republicans.

    Yet no matter how Flake describes the proposal, it is not a good faith attempt to find common ground with either the majority of congressional Republicans or the president.

    Five of the six senators in the Gang of Six were also in 2013’s the Gang of Eight, which showed the same disregard for majority Republican positions when they moved the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, S. 744, through the Senate.


    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 01-17-2018 at 04:52 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  5. Gallup poll: Immigration a Top Problem for Republicans, Not for Democrats

    Story Highlights

    • Dissatisfaction with government is top problem overall

    • Immigration ties with government as the top problem among Republicans
    • 16% of Republicans vs. 4% of Democrats name immigration as top problem

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Partisan differences are clearly visible in Americans' assessments of themost important problem facing the country. Dissatisfaction with government ranks at or near the top of the list of the country's most important problems for both Republicans (16%) and Democrats(30%), though the percentages differ substantially. But while immigration ties dissatisfaction with government as the top problem among Republicans, it appears much lower on the list amongDemocrats.

    Mentions of immigration among Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP are up to16% from 9% last month, while just 4% of Democrats and Democratic leaners mention immigrationas the most important problem. Immigration-related issues are at the center of congressionalleaders' ongoing efforts to reach a budget deal and avoid a federal government shutdown.


    Submitted by Nolan Rappaport

    Updated 01-17-2018 at 04:51 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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