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  1. Were Putin's Arrests of Dissidents' Children the Model for Trump's Family Separation? Both are Forms of Fascism and Rule by State Terror. Roger Algase

    Trump's inhuman child separation policy, which was adopted for the express purpose of terrorizing Central American immigrants out of attempting to apply for asylum at the US border, may have been rescinded, but the effects are not over.

    They are certainly not over for the hundreds, or possibly more than a thousand (depending on which report one reads) children who have not yet been reunited with their parents, some of whom may never see their parents again.

    Nor are the effects of this brutal and sadistic policy over for the dozens, or hundreds of children who will be scarred for life. Yuka Verdoner, a psychotherapist and Holocaust survivor who was separated from her parents as a child in order to escape the Nazis, writes about the lasting, lifelong damage that her bother and sister suffered from their childhood separation in the June 18 issue of The Guardian:

    "My brother's second foster family cared deeply about him and has kept in touch with him all these years. Even so, he is almost 80 years old and is still trying to understand what made him the anxious and dysfunctional person he turned into as a child and has remained for the rest of his life."

    She also writes:

    "My younger sister was separated from our parents at five. She had no understanding of what was going on and why she suddenly had to live with a strange set of adults. She suffered thereafter from lifelong, profound depression."

    She also writes, in the same article

    "My grief and anger about today's southern border came not just from my personal life. As a retired psychotherapist who has worked extensively with victims of childhood trauma, I know all too well what awaits many thousands of children, taken by our government at the border...We can expect thousands of lives to be damaged, for many years or for ever, by 'zero tolerance'. We can expect old men and women, decades from now, still suffering, still remembering, still writing in the present tense."

    And she lives no doubt about her conclusion:

    "What is happening in our own back yard today is as evil and criminal as what happened to me and my siblings as children in Nazi Europe."

    And a June 19 comment on the site describes the traumatic effect of Trump's vicious and barbaric policy, which he abandoned only after enormous outrage and pressure from all segments of the American public across the political spectrum, including his own First Lady, as follows:

    "The consequences of Trump's xenophobia are agonizingly clear n reports of migrant children screaming out for their parents, babies crying incessantly, infants housed with teenagers who don't know how to change diapers and shattered and traumatized families."


    Trump's act of state terrorism against children

    The same comment adds:

    "It's no wonder that the American Academy of Pediatrics referred to the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their families as one of 'sweeping cruelty.'"

    To be sure, Trump is not the first leader to engage in this form of horrific inhumanity toward innocent children in order to accomplish a political objective. This is a hallmark practice of fascist and other authoritarian rulers, including a certain Russian chief executive who is not unknown to Trump, and who includes arresting the children of people who oppose him in his bag of tricks to consolidate his power.

    His name is Vladimir Putin, as Masha Gessen explains in the New Yorker magazine May 8 issue:


    Taking Children From Their Parents is a Form of State Terror:

    To be continued

    Updated 07-22-2018 at 09:14 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. Bowing to Trump's Racist Immigration "Principles", Nielsen Condones White Supremacists as DHS Moves Against Family and Diversity Visas. Roger Algase

    From the moment in June 2015 when Donald Trump announced that he was running for president on a platform of demonizing Mexican immigrants as "criminals", "rapists" and "drug dealers", there has been no doubt that Trump's most basic "immigration principles" have been overt racism and white supremacy.

    This is not to say that anti-immigrant racism originated with Trump - of course it did not. This stain on America and its most fundamental value of equality of all people goes back at least to the time of the infamous late 19th Century Chinese exclusion laws, if not to the pre-civil war Dred Scott decision laying down the "principle" that people of color could not be US citizens because of their race.

    No, Trump certainly did not invent the "principles" of anti-immigrant racism in America. But almost every passng day, there are new indications that these principles are at the foundation of his administration's entire immigration policy. As I discuss below, the "principles" of anti-immigrant racism are now close and closer to becoming official DHS policy under the cowardly leadership of its director, Kirstjen Nielsen, who seems to have abandoned any principles of independence or willingness to stand up to her bigoted boss.

    Trump complains that the non-discriminatory immigration system that America has had for the past half century amounts to the "dumbest" immigration laws in the world. If there were any doubt as to what he means by that, his attacks on non-European immigrants for allegedly making that continent "lose" its "culture", which I have discussed in a recent immigration Daily comment, leave no doubt about his views.

    The latest sign that the Trump administration's fundamental principle of anti-immigrant racism is closer and closer to becoming official DHS policy is shown in two recent news reports. One deals with DHS Secretary Nielsen's shameful and appalling refusal to speak out against white supremacist violence in Charlottesville last year. The other is in a shocking report that without any debate, discussion or Congressional hearings on this issue, the DHS is now preparing new regulations with an expanded definition of "Public Charge" which would virtually abolish family immigration and Diversity visas for all but the wealthiest few.

    For more about Nielsen's humiliating refusal to criticize Charlotteville's racists and neo-Nazis see: America's Voice, July 20:

    See also:

    And to understand how following Donald Trump's racist views actually plays out in determining DHS policy toward immigrants, see the following shocking report on the way that the DHS is making Trump's racist attacks on family based and Diversity immigrants, most of whom are from outside Europe and do not have the white skin color that Trump seems to regard as essential for legal immigration to the US, into official US policy.

    According to a report by American Progress, an affiliate of America's Voice, the "Public Charge" ground for inadmissibility, which was originally enacted for the express purpose of excluding Chinese immigrants for avowedly racial reasons in the late 19th century, is now in the process of being revived and blown way out of proportion by the DHS in order to exclude all but the most affluent applicants for family based and Diversity-based green cards.

    It is no secret that, even though both of these visa programs were originally enacted to boost white immigration, the great majority of their beneficiaries over the past few decades have been from Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, rather than from Europe. This is why these two visas are now in Donald Trump's direct and intense line of fire.

    It is a disgrace, not only for Nielsen personally, but for America and its values of racial equality and justice for all, to see the DHS going along so compliantly with yet another racist plank in Trump's anti-immigrant platform.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 07-22-2018 at 02:44 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  3. Trump was right to ditch UNís plan for handling migrants. By Nolan Rappaport

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    The U.S. is the only member of the United Nations (UN) that did not participate in the entire 18-month process for the development of a Global Compact for Migration, which is supposed to be formally adopted in December.

    The process began when the UN hosted a summit in New York on September 19, 2016, to discuss a more humane way to handle large movements of migrants. Barack Obama was the president then. At the end of the summit, all 193 member states signed the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, a 24-page document that provided a blueprint for the establishment of the compact for migrants (and a separate compact for refugees).

    The declaration included numerous provisions that were inconsistent with U.S. immigration policy and the Trump administrationís immigration principles. Consequently, the Trump administration ended U.S. participation.

    Ambassador Nikki Haley, the U.S. representative to the UN, explained in a press release that, ďThe global approach in the New York Declaration is simply not compatible with U.S. sovereignty.Ē America decides how best to control its borders and who will be allowed to enter.

    The Trump administration was right. The compact is a collective commitment to achieve 23 objectives for safe, orderly, and regular migration. Although it addresses problems that need to be resolved, some its proposed solutions would weaken U.S. border security and others would usurp congressional control over the nationís immigration laws.


    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.

  4. Trump's "Nuremberg Laws" for Brown Immigrants: End Most Legal Immigration; Take US Citizenship Away From Millions of Americans. Roger Algase

    Update: July 19 at 1:32 pm:

    Just in case anyone wonders what could happen to thousands, or perhaps millions, of non-white children who now have the precious benefit of US citizenship through birth in this country to parents who happen to have been immigrants themselves, or who became US citizens through naturalization of their immigrant parents, if they have their citizenship yanked away from them by Donald Trump and the white supremacist zealots in his regime, one can read what is happening to the non-white, non-citizen children who are being locked in ice boxes and dog cages in Trump's America in the latest horrifying July 19 America's Voice report:

    More Damning Details of How Trump Administration is Treating Immigrant Children

    My earlier comment follows:

    As I have made clear in many previous comments, I have never even remotely suggested that Donald Trump is a Nazi sympathizer or supporter of Adolf Hitler, that he does advocates genocide, or that he is anti-Jewish. He is quite obviously none of the above, not even by the wildest stretch of the imagination.

    But it is no longer possible to ignore the fact that just as Hitler's attacks on the Jews blaming them for all of Germany's problems, which many people at first tried to downplay as only talk, ultimately led to anti-Jewish measures such as the Nuremberg laws which took German citizenship away from the Jews in 1936, Trump's relentless race-baiting and demonization of brown immigrants as "criminals", "rapists" "drug dealers", "gang" members" and "terrorists" are rapidly leading to actions which could not only cut off the chances of legal immigration for millions of people who might now be eligible under our laws, but could take away US citizenship from millions of other people based on little more than their ancestry or the color of their skins.

    First, there is the "shock and awe" of two new USCIS memos relating to the issuance of NTA's and RFE's which I will discuss in more detail in an upcoming comment. These two memos are described in detail, with links to the memos themselves, in a July 16 America's Voice article:

    USCIS Methodically Transforming From Immigration Benefit Agency to an ICE Deportation Feeder Operation

    I do not have a direct link to this article, but it is available through Google.

    But it would be a serious mistake to think that Trump's agenda, and that of his white supremacist supporters, is limited to making it harder, much harder, for brown people to become legal immigrants in the first place and scaring them away from even applying immigration benefits that they may be eligible for, as is the obvious purpose of these two memos (and of Trump's frenetic attacks on family and Diversity green cards which have been going on since late last year).

    We can be sure without any possible doubt that Trump's ultimate goal is taking away US citizenship from millions of Americans whose only problem (as he and his supporters see it) is that they, or their forbears, do not happen to come from "Countries like Norway" (to quote Trump's January 11 widely reported statement made at a White House meeting).

    The first prong of this two-prong attack involves setting up a USCIS "Denaturalization Force" to revoke citizenship of thousands, or potentially millions, of people who have become American citizens since 1990, but whose naturalization applications may have have had technical or other minor omissions or defects, as Professor Ruth Ellen Wassem describes in an article in The Hill:

    Not surprisingly, as Wassem reports, funding for this task force would not come from additional Congressional appropriations, but from diverting funds received from USCIS user fees away from processing applications for immigration benefits, such as work permits and green cards, over to the new task force, This would cause long additional delays in processing legal immigration (and citizenship) applications.

    There was a time, not so long ago, when denaturalization was regarded as a drastic measure, used only against Nazi war criminals who had tried to conceal their past in order to enter the United States. Now, in Donald Trump's America, it is no longer necessary to be a Nazi to lose citizenship. Now ordinary naturalized US citizens can do this too - and very likely will - if they have the "wrong" ancestry or skin color.

    But that is only the first prong of Trump's very likely upcoming assault on non-white American citizens The second, and even more potentially devastating prong of this attack is aimed at taking away birthright citizenship from millions of Americans by overturning or promoting an utterly bogus interpretation of the leading US Supreme Court case upholding birthright citizenship, US v. Wong Kim Ark 169 U.S. 649 (1898).

    Most recently, this attempt, which immigration restrictionists have been making in one form or another for many years, appears in a Washington Post column by a former Trump White Hose adviser with an anti-Muslim history, Michael Anton. See:

    I will discuss the Wong Kim Ark case in more detail in an upcoming comment. We are sure to be hearing more egregiously distorted interpretations of this landmark case, on which the entire foundation of America's birthright citizenship rests and is therefore one of the most important (and least understood) Supreme Court cases in our entire history, coming from Trump's white supremacist supporters in the very near future.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 07-19-2018 at 08:46 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  5. While Trump Grovels to Putin, Attacks on Non-White Immigrants Continue; Two USCIS Memos Threaten Future of Legal Immigration. Roger Algase

    The following comment has been revised as of July 17 at 10:06 pm.

    Donald Trump's obsequious "Thank You" to Vladimir Putin in Helsinki for election favors rendered (as alleged in the latest Mueller indictments of Russian agents), has earned him scathing condemnation across the spectrum of opinion in the US, including many of his own strongest supporters - even at Fox News, according to the latest reports. Even the word "treason" has appeared in some of the comments, and not only by liberal Democrats.

    While Trump's widely condemned groveling before the Russian tyrant, and what this may or may not mean for the world order and America's security are far beyond the scope of these comments, one cannot overlook the contrast between Trump's meekness in the face of a powerful foreign dictator who America's own intelligence professionals suspect may have caused incalculable damage to our election system and the functioning of our democracy on the one hand, and his savagery toward some of the most vulnerable and powerless people of all in American society- namely brown-skinned immigrants from what Trump has called "shithole countries" - and their even more vulnerable and defenseless children - on the other.

    In the face of the debacle caused by his kowtowing to the Russian dictator, will Trump go back to doing what he does best - demonizing, scapegoating and terrorizing immigrants who are not from "Countries like Norway" in order to divert attention away from his humiliating meeting with Putin and bolster the image of himself as America's Strongman?

    There are many signs that he will. Immigrant advocacy group America's Voice warns, for example, that after his "historically disastrous summit in Helsinki", Trump may try to recover by renewing his attacks on immigrants. According to the organization's Managing Director Pili Tobar, Trump's:

    "...playbook is as predictable as it is cynical, distract from the administration's harmful and dangerous actions by attacking immigrants and using fear-mongering as a diversion."

    Already there are signs that at least one commentator over at Trump's favorite mouthpiece, Fox News, is losing no time in following this strategy of diversion and demonization against a vulnerable immigrant - and American - group, namely Mexicans. quotes Fox News' Tucker Carlson as trying to equate Americans of Mexican descent voting legally on US elections with illegal Russian interference as follows:

    "Some do it more successfully than Russia like Mexico, which is routinely interfering in our elections by packing our electorate."

    In addition to this openly racist attack on Mexicans and Mexican Americans coming from a news outlet which is normally so pro-Trump that some have compared it to official state news organizations in dictatorships, the Washington Post reports that House Republicans are now busy boosting a plan to provide more money to the tune of $5 billion for Trump's favorite method of demonizing Mexican and other brown immigrants - his border Wall.

    And no matter how weak he may have been in his meeting with Putin, Trump is not afraid to project his twisted idea of "strength" by overseeing horrific abuses of immigrant children who were (or in some cases still are) separated from their parents in detention, as the Huffington Post reports:

    However, in one respect, comparing Trump with the Russian tyrant toward whom America's president is showing such great friendship and admiration is entirely justified in the context of America's legal immigration system. This is shown by the two latest USCIS memos relating to processing of petitions and applications for legal immigration benefits.

    These two memos together eliminate any vestiges of objectivity, fundamental fairness or due process of law which may now exist in the adjudication of either employment-based or family-based immigration petitions or applications, and instead turn the entire USCIS agency into a funnel for deportation.

    Instead of conducting legal immigration according to the rule of law and the clear intent of Congress, USCIS has now, acting entirely on its own, in effect made Donald Trump into the Vladimir Putin of America's legal immigration system, which is now threatened with destruction so far as any resemblance to the principles and procedures of democracy and a free and open society are concerned.

    With just two memos, issued without any Congressional sanction, hearings or input from America's elected representatives, USCIS has been transformed from an agency dedicated to carrying out the purpose of this country's laws relating to legal immigration which have been in effect for most of the past half century.

    Instead this agency is being turned into just another cog in a machine for carrying out Trump's authoritarian agenda of basing America's immigration system on the doctrine of white supremacy - or to put it in Trump's own words, as reported on January 11,"Countries like Norway."

    To be continued in my upcoming comment.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 07-18-2018 at 07:23 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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