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  1. Failed GOP "Compromise" Immigration Bill Was Attack on Legal Immigration and Throwback To Racist 1924 Law Praised by Hitler and Sessions. Roger Algase

    Observers should not be fooled by all the media reports criticizing the Republican leadership (and Donald Trump) for allegedly being inept or ineffective in being unable to pass a so-called "compromise" immigration bill sponsored by Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) which was voted down in the House on June 27.

    Instead of focusing in the Republicans' and Trump's supposed inability to get immigration legislation passed, it is more important to look at what was actually in the bill. Certainly, there was some relief for Dreamers, one of the two main groups of immigrants (separated children being the other, of course) whom Trump has been holding hostage to his attempts to dismantle legal immigration by people from countries which are not white "like Norway."

    There was also a provision prohibiting family separations - which Trump has already cancelled in an executive order after finally giving in to an outraged American public - including his own wife and every living former First Lady.

    But the "compromise" bill would not only have allowed fascist style indefinite family detention, but it also included the white supremacist wish list of abolishing the visa lottery, which has helped legal immigrants to America from all over the world, including what Trump calls the "shithole" countries of Africa, and ending immigration beyond the nuclear family.

    And of course, the failed bill would have included funding for Trump's border wall of hatred and humiliation directed not only against Mexican and Central American immigrants, but against all brown immigrant,s whom the president is now comparing to animals and vermin in speech after speech and tweet after tweet.

    The obvious purpose of both the diversity visa and family immigration abolition provisions is to make America whiter by moving our legal immigration system back toward the openly racist, "Nordics - only" national origins immigration act of 1924.

    In the light of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' role in overseeing the brutal Trump-Miller-Sessions "zero tolerance" policy which tore more than 2,000 screaming young children away from parents who committed the major "crime" of entering the US while having the wrong skin color, (as well as the misdemeanor of entering at other than a - deliberately closed - official border crossing point), it can no longer be looked at as a coincidence that Sessions, as a US Senator, praised this same bigoted US 1924 law in his 2015 immigration "Handbook" for Congressional Republicans that Adolf Hitler praised nine decades earlier in Mein Kampf.

    This Republican "failure", which of course was actually a huge success for everyone who believes that America should stay open to qualified immigrants from all over the world regardless of race or religion, is not just part of a phenomenon that began with Donald Trump.

    For most of this new century, if not before (including the 1996 IIRIRA - an entirely lopsided Republican bill which revisionists are now trying to blame on President Bill Clinton, who signed it with a Republican gun pointed at his head in the form of a rider to a "must pass" omnibus appropriations bill just before the presidential election) and at least since the Sensenbrenner bill introduced in 2005, the Republicans have been making one attempt after another to pass draconian anti-immigrant legislation attempting to cut off or reduce legal, not only unauthorized, immigration from non -white parts of the world.

    The only difference is that they now have their man in the White House. For more details on the failed Republican "compromise" immigration bill, see:

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 06-28-2018 at 02:18 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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