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  1. Trump's Attacks On Caravan, Other Hispanics; and "Close Down the Country" Border Wall Threat are Leading the US Toward Dictatorship. Roger Algase

    Update, April 29 at 6:03 pm:

    In addition to threatening to "close down the country" if he doesn't receive the $25 billion he has demanded from Congress for border wall funding (see below), Trump has also turned the full force of his threats and invective against a "caravan" of several hundred harmless Mexican and Central American women and children who arrived at the US border on April 29 and are preparing to cross over to seek asylum in the US.

    These include threats by the administration to prosecute members of the caravan upon entry to the US, even though they have the right under US law to present asylum claims for adjudication; sending National Guard troops to the border, and various statements absurdly attempting to blow up the planned border crossing to the level of a purported major nationals security threat.

    Huffington Post quotes one of the pro-caravan demonstrators as saying that the Trump administration's:

    "...culture of hate, bigotry and fear cannot be accepted."

    My earlier comment appears below:

    In the latest indication that his racist remarks against Latinos and other immigrants of color are putting the US on the road to dictatorship, Donald Trump, at an April 28 rally, began by asking if there were any Hispanics present.

    The term "Hispanics", as the president may or may not know, includes not only an estimated 11 mainly Latino unauthorized immigrants, who studies show have a lower crime rate than native born Americans of all ethnic backgrounds, but also at least 40 million million US citizens, permanent residents and other legal immigrants.

    Current estimates are that Hispanics comprise about 17 per cent of the total population of America, including virtually the entire population of the US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which is still slowly and painfully recovering from the shameful neglect of the Trump administration in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

    That is a quite a large number of people to express hatred for by making making sure that not a single one of them was in the president's audience when he spoke.

    After being assured by a chorus of boos from his supporters that there were no Hispanics there (just as there were no Jews at Adolf Hitler's rallies, even though Trump, of course, does not support antisemitism, genocide or mass murder - there is a big difference in this regard), Trump then launched into a by now familiar tirade over the issue of funding for his favorite border wall.

    Trump began as follows with his virtually obligatory employment of the Big Lie technique which was also a major factor in the Nazi Fuehrer's rise to power; and which Trump makes abundant use of in almost every statement relating to immigration:

    "All of these people pouring across are gonna vote Democrat...we have to have borders and we need it fast"

    The fact that there is no evidence whatsoever that unauthorized immigrants vote in US elections except in very rare instances has never stopped the president from making this baseless and inflammatory charge.

    Then came his threat to "close down the country" if Congress refuses to provide funding for his border wall this coming September. There are two obvious "takeaways" from this:

    First, is the incontrovertible fact that Trump's border wall has little or nothing to do with national security, and everything to do with stoking racial hatred, in this case against Latinos, and, by extension, all other people of color, regardless of their immigration status or citizenship.

    Trump didn't ask whether there were any immigrants, authorized or otherwise, in the audience. He only asked whether there were "Hispanics" as members of a despised (by him) ethnic group. Second, and even more dangerously, Trump implied that he had one-man power to "close down the country", in other words, to do anything with America that he wants.

    Again, while comparisons with Hitler must always be made with extreme caution, one cannot overlook the resemblance with the German tyrant who identified the entire nation with his own person and its destiny with his own will.

    One also cannot disregard the resemblance between Trump's obsession with the border wall to keep Mexican and other Latin American immigrants out, and his similar fixation on upholding his ban on entry to the US by some 200 million citizens of almost 100 per cent Muslim countries which is now awaiting decision by a right wing dominated US Supreme Court.

    It is impossible to deny that stoking fear and hatred against Latino and Muslim immigrants played a major role in putting Donald Trump in the White House. Trump is now well on the way to exploiting the same racial prejudices and religious bigotry in order to bring about (to quote from his notorious December 2015 Muslim Ban campaign speech) a"complete and total shutdown" of democracy in America - just as Adolf Hitler did with the Jews in Germany.

    The Huffington Post's report on Trump's April 28 speech:

    Trump Asks If There Are Hispanics In The Room Before Demanding His Wall

    is available at

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 04-30-2018 at 11:01 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. Trump's Attacks on Black Immigrants Are Causing Increase in Illegal Border Crossings to Canada by Nigerian and Haitian Asylum Seekers. Roger Algase

    Reporter Selena Ross writes in the April 28 Washington Post that there has been a sharp increase in the number of Nigerian immigrants who have entered the US with legal visitor visas and then crossed into Canada illegally to seek asylum in that country because they do not feel welcome in the United States.

    This has led to a paradoxical situation in which Canada, which has a reputation for being more accepting of diversity and multiculturalism as the basis for its immigration policies than Donald Trump's America has been, is now requesting the US to be stricter in granting visitor visas to applicants from Nigeria, so that they will not subsequently cross into Canada illegally to seek asylum there.

    Canada's reported attempt to pressure the US into making it harder for Nigerians to receive visitor visas has led to an outraged response from a US based advocacy group, Human Rights First, whose director of refugee protection, Eleanor Acer, said the following about the Canadian officials involved:

    "It's shocking and disappointing that they are trying to encourage another country to deny visas to people who are, in some cases, legitimately seeking protection from persecution."

    See: Nigerians are walking into Canada, prompting request for US to take action

    (I am sorry - I do not have a working link. Please go to Google to access.)

    But even though, according to the WP report, the US State Department has said that it will not change its current visa requirements in response to Canada's remarks, there are other reasons why Nigerian visitors to the US might feel less confident about filing asylum claims in in this country. This is despite that fact that at least some of these vistors may have valid asylum claims, due to recent instances of ongoing terrorism by Islamist extremists in Nigeria.

    The WP reports that US asylum approval rates are down in the past year, under the Trump administration. In addition, Trump's reported complaints that Nigerian visitors to the US are not "going back to their huts" and that they come from a "shithole country", which is not "like Norway", i.e. not white, are not exactly designed to make Nigerians with legal visitor visas feel that they could have much of a future in the United States.

    Therefore, even though the same article also reports that Canada's asylum system is far from friendly to Nigerians, with a high percentage of denials, there is good reason to expect that Canada may be seeing many more asylum-seeking African and Haitian immigrants coming across the border from the United States in the future.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 04-30-2018 at 08:06 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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