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  1. Will Bannon's Ouster Stop Trump's March Toward Imposing a Whites Only Immigration Regime on America? Roger Algase

    The media are now consumed with the news on August 18 that Donald Trump has suddenly (or maybe not so suddenly - there were warning signs according to many reports) fired Stephen Bannon as his senior strategist.

    Since Bannon, by all accounts, played a major role in Trump's Muslim ban and many other of his policies adversely affecting immigrants from non-white parts of the world, if not actually being the chief architect of these policies, there is speculation that Bannon's ouster may signify a big reversal for Trump on immigration, or at least a halt in his progress toward a whites-only immigration regime, as shown most recently in Trump's support for the RAISE Act.

    As I have mentioned in a recent comment, white supremacist leader Richard Spencer, who has added to his notoriety by his role in organizing the neo-nazi Charlottesville demonstration on August 12 has praised the RAISE Act as "awesome", and looking at this bill which would drastically cut all immigration from outside Europe it is easy to see why he thinks so. See:

    However, it could also be possible that Trump, whose record during the presidential campaign, not to mention as president, has been full of disparaging remarks and hostile actions against Latinos, Muslims and other non-European immigrants, no longer needs Bannon and is now capable of imposing a whites-only immigration agenda on America without him. As David A. Graham writes in The Atlantic (August 18):

    "The one view that seems likely to persist, even without Bannon around, is Trump's embrace of the politics of white resentment and racially divisive rhetoric. In a sense, Trump is right that Bannon is a newcomer: Trump has flirted with racism for decades."

    (By the way, Mr. Graham, can we please stop using meaningless euphemisms such as "white resentment" or "white identity politics" when what we are really talking about is racism and hatred toward people of color?

    Back in the days of segregation, when the KKK was burning crosses and lynching African-American people, their racist leaders and supporters didn't talk about "white resentment" - they used much more direct language. Nor did the Nazis talk mainly about "Aryan identity" while they were persecuting the Jews - except, perhaps, as a "legal" concept under the Nuremberg laws. The Nazis had other terms to use about people whom they regarded as "Untermenschen".)

    See also, Newsweek, August 18:

    Steve Bannon's Exit Won't Make Trump's White House Any Less Racist

    However, any analysis of what Trump's immigration policies might be without Bannon has to begin with a look at what Trump's policies in this area have been with Bannon.

    An excellent place to begin this examination is with a February 28 article in the L.A. Times by Brian Bennet entitled:

    The real goal of Trump's executive orders: Reduce the number of immigrants in the U.S.

    As the following discussion will show, the word "immigrants" in the title of Bennet's article should be taken to mean: "non-white immigrants".

    To be continued.

    Updated 08-19-2017 at 02:49 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. And This Supreme Court Justice is Going to Help Decide Whether Trump's Muslim Ban Executive Order is Valid? Roger Algase

    POLITICO reports on August 17 that the newest, Trump-appointed Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at an event to be sponsored in September by the non-profit Fund for American Studies at Donald Trump's D.C. Hotel.

    According to the same report, the hotel, which is frequented by Republican operatives, lobbyists and cabinet officials is already making even than bigger than expected profits as a result of patronage by individuals and groups seeking to influence the administration.

    By giving the keynote address, Justice Gorsuch will very arguably be helping to boost the business profits of the same president whose Muslim ban executive order, one of the best publicized and most controversial actions of his entire presidency to date, Gorsuch will participate in ruling on the validity of in this fall's Supreme Court term.

    And this is what they call impartial justice?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 08-17-2017 at 11:49 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  3. The RAISE Act and the Charlottesville Rally: Two Sides of the Same White Supremacist Immigration Coin. Roger Algase

    The president has come under intense criticism from leaders in his own party, as well as wide segments of the American public, for not speaking out more directly against the white supremacist and neo-nazi organizers of the violent Charlottesville rally on August 12. But his reluctance to speak out against them is not surprising. They both share the same white supremacist immigration goals which are embodied in the RAISE Act that is now before Congress.

    Richard Spencer, one of the leading organizers of the rally and a self-styled leader of the "Alt-Right" movement (which is nothing but a euphemism for the neo-nazi movement) had the following to say about the the immigration objectives that he and his supporters are promoting, in an NPR interview in November, 2016, shortly after the presidential election (in which almost 3 million more Americans nationwide voted for Hillary Clinton than voted for Donald Trump).

    "Immigration is the most obvious one. And I think we need to get beyond thinking about immigration just in terms of illegal immigration. Illegal immigration is not nearly as damaging as legal immigration. Legal immigration - they're here to stay. Their children are here and so on.

    Spencer continued:

    ​"And I think a really reasonable and I think palatable policy proposal would be for Donald Trump to say, look; we've had immigration in the past. It's brought some fragmentation in the past. It's brought division. But we need to become a people again. And for us to do that, we're going to need to take a break from mass immigration. And we'e going to need to preference people who are going to fit in, who are more like us. That is European immigration.

    Is it any surprise that after his openly nationalist Warsaw speech claiming that European culture, "traditions" and "values" are superior to those of all other parts of the world and promising to defend America's borders against all other traditions and values; and his strong support for the RAISE Act, which would cut off or drastically reduce legal immigration from most parts of the world outside Europe, Trump has refused to join almost every other leader in his own party, as well as responsible and decent Americans of every background, ethnicity and political orientation, in issuing a clear and outright condemnation of the Charlottesville rally's white supremacist leaders?

    Also to the surprise of no one, Spencer himself has praised the RAISE Act, saying that it "sounds awesome".

    Spencer and his fellow white supremacists have also vowed to continue to promote the same agenda which lead to the death of an innocent young woman protester against this movement at the Charlottesville rally, which Spencer called an "amazing, spectacular, demonstration".

    One can be quite sure that the RAISE Act, which both Trump and the white supremacist leaders whom he has been so hesitant to criticize support so enthusiastically, will continue to be front and center of Spencer's agenda, and that of his fellow "Alt-Right" white nationalists.

    The only question is: how can any of the Republican leaders who, unlike the president have openly condemned the white supremacist Charlottesville rally continue to support the RAISE Act?

    If the responsible Republican leaders are really against bigotry, racism and white supremacy as much as they say they are, how can they permit the RAISE Act to move forward in Congress?
    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, Roger has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from diverse parts of the world obtain work visas and green cards.

    Roger's email address is

    Updated 08-17-2017 at 05:34 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  4. How Trump's legal immigration cuts could be a blessing to DREAMers. By Nolan Rappaport

    © Getty

    Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) recently introduced a revised version of the bill addressing legal immigration into the United States, the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act. It is supposed to spur economic growth and raise working Americans' wages by giving priority to the best-skilled immigrants from around the world and reducing overall immigration by half.

    Supporters include President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, andActing Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke.

    Nevertheless, it will not reach the president’s desk without support from influential Democratic congressmen, which will be difficult to get and won’t be free.

    According to Representative Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.), the RAISE Act “and the bear hug by the Bannon/Kelly/Trump White House — betrays the deep animosity towards legal immigration that has become the central, unifying tenet of the Republican Party.”

    Gutierrez has his own problems getting legislation through Congress. He recently introduced the American Hope Act, H.R. 3591, which is the latest version of the DREAM Act, which would provide lawful status for undocumented aliens who were brought here as children.

    Efforts have been made to get a DREAM Act through congress since 2001. No one has succeeded, and Gutierrez won’t either unless he can get republican support for his bill.

    Can these political opponents work together?

    See more at

    Published originally on The Hill.

    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.

  5. Why Was Trump so Reluctant to Condemn the White Nationalists in Virginia? Is it Because He Shares Their Europeans-Only Immigration Goal? Roger Algase

    The following comment has been expanded as of August 15 at 12.35 pm.

    The latest news report shows that the White House has finally clarified his comments on the Charlottesville rally to condemn explicitly the "extremist groups" including white supremacists, KKK and neo-Nazis, who instigated the rally which has taken three lives so far.

    Any indication that the Trump administration shares the outrage against the neo-nazi hatred and violence in Charlottesville that every decent American, including many of Trump's strongest supporters in the Republican leadership who have openly expressed their condemnation of this white supremacist rally, must feel, is surely welcome.

    But why did the White House take so long to issue that statement, which did not come out until the afternoon of August 13, the following day?

    Why has the president still not spoken out directly to condemn the neo-nazis and white supremacists who caused the deaths of three people related to the rally?

    Could it just possibly be because he shares their objectives of limiting US immigration to people from mainly white areas of the world, which is also the obvious purpose of the RAISE Act that the president has praised so highly?

    Is it because, like the white nationalists and neo-nazis eho demonstrated in Virginia, Trump also wants to engage in ethnic cleansing of black and brown immigrants already in the United States through mass arrests, incarceration, deportation and violation of basic due process and human rights?

    My earlier comments follow:

    The following has been updated as of 8:23 am on August 13:

    America is now experiencing even more serious effects from the relentless campaign of defamation, exclusion, deportation and fear against Latino, Muslim and other non-white immigrants that Donald Trump has been carrying out as candidate and president for the past two years. The Guardian reports that at least one person has been killed in the course of violence that took place in the wake of a horrifying rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12. (The death toll has now risen to 3, according to later reports.)

    The same paper also reports that Trump issued a statement condemning bigotry and hatred in general "on many sides", but he did not condemn the white nationalists (who used to be known has neo-Nazis in the days when journalists had more courage and were more direct than seems to be the case now) who organized the rally in particular. This failure has led to widespread criticism from other Republican leaders.

    To what extent were the same white supremacists in Charlottesville whom Trump refused to criticize specifically inspired by Trump's numerous speeches as a candidate condemning Latino immigrants as "criminals", "rapists" and drug dealers who are destroying America, and labeling most or all of the world's Muslims as potential terrorists, while demonizing highly skilled South Asian and East Asian immigrants as "stealing" jobs from Americans; as well as his actions as president in seeking to ban almost 200 million Muslims from six different countries from entering the US, widening the deportation dragnet for non-criminal immigrants and, mot recently of all, promoting the RAISE Act, which would make drastic cuts in legal immigration from Latin America, Africa and Asia?

    David Duke, former KKK leader and one of the Charlottesville rally's strongest supporters, directly attributed the inspiration for the rally to the president in the following tweet:

    "This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back...We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That's what [we] believed in. That's why we voted for Donald Trump."

    Just in case anyone missed the reference, "Taking Back America" was a hallmark of Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric during the campaign and is still arguably one of his hallmark slogans as president: See, Breitbart News (July 30):

    Seven Ways Trump is Taking Back America's Culture

    It is also at least implied in some of Trump's "America First" immigration executive orders.

    But why should there be any surprise that Trump initially failed to condemn the neo-nazi white supremacist rally in Charlottesville?

    His entire campaign, followed by his entire presidency to date, has been imbued with the spirit of hate toward people of color and other racial/religious minorities. In his ideology, his glorification of white "civilization" and the supposed need to protect America's borders against people belonging to other enthicities and non-Christian religions such as Islam, something that formed the cornerstone of Trump's Warsaw speech, Trump was not only supporting the white nationalists, but was clearly identifying himself as one of them, as POLITICO explained right after the speech:

    See also, writing shortly after Trump's inauguration:

    Trump's Muslim ban is no surprise: Our new president's agenda is fueled by white nationalism

    Moreover, Trump has not only brought the white nationalists' racism to Washington with him, but also its proto-fascist, anti-democratic agenda, as so obviously apparent in his attacks on the press and the courts during his campaign, and his calls to rough up protesters at his own violent rallies; not to mention his horrifying incitement to police brutality against immigrants at his recent Brentwood NY speech.

    (And don't forget the centerpiece of Trump's entire immigration agenda - his Border Wall of anti-Mexican, anti-Latino hate and humiliation.)

    For an in-depth analysis of the white nationalists whom Trump brought to Washington, or tried to bring, after his election, see POLITICO.

    No wonder that Trump was so hesitant to speak out against the white supremacists and neo-nazis who caused the deaths of three innocent people in Charlottesville. At bottom, the people who organized this violent, racist, proto-fascist rally were Trump's people. In his most basic instincts of authoritarian white supremacy, of which Trump's goals of persecution and exclusion of non-white immigrants are an essential part, Trump has been showing himself to be an ally and supporter of the rally's leaders, if not actually one of them himself.
    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, Roger has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from diverse parts of the world obtain work visas and green cards.

    Roger's email address is

    Updated 08-15-2017 at 11:36 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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