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  1. Trump, Dems can solve the DACA problem by redefining it. By Nolan Rappaport

    © Greg Nash

    President Donald Trump and Republican congressmen have been trying unsuccessfully to cut a deal with the Democrats that would provide lawful status for the undocumented aliens in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

    The negotiations have seemed promising sometimes, such as when Trump offered a legalization program for 1.8 million undocumented aliens with his Framework on Immigration Reform & Border Security, but the Democrats would not agree to the concessions he was demanding in this four-pillar proposal.

    I hope the Democrats are not holding out for a DREAM Act like the American Hope Act of 2017, which would have legalized millions of undocumented aliens who came to America as children. I call it ďThe False Hope ActĒ in a previous article I wrote about it.

    DREAM Acts have been pending since 2001. The Democrats could have passed one during Barack Obamaís administration. From January 2009 to January 2011, they had a strong majority in the House, and until Scott Brownís special election in 2010, a filibuster-busting majority in the Senate. But they chose not to do it.

    It might be more productive at this point to put negotiations about DACA and DREAM Acts aside and try a different approach. My suggestion is to work on creating a place in the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) program for the DACA participants.

    This little-known humanitarian program makes lawful permanent resident (LPR) status available to undocumented alien children in the United States who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by one or both parents and who should not be returned to their own countries.

    The SIJ Program


    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 03-27-2018 at 09:40 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. Right Wing Attacks on Trump for Failure to Insist on Border Wall Funding Confirm Wall as Symbol of Anti-Immigrant Racism. Roger Algase

    Update, March 26 as of 4:00 pm:

    For a report on more radical right wing invective against Donald Trump, who is arguably the most extreme right wing president America has had since Calvin Coolidge, mainly focusing on the border wall issue, see:

    My original comment follows:

    Ann Coulter, Fox News commentators and other leading figures on America's far right blasted Donald Trump over the weekend for signing an omnibus spending bill that contains virtually no funding for his long promised Mexican border wall. Coulter, with her characteristic lack of restraint, called the Congressional Republicans "swine" for supporting the spending bill, and tweeted that Trump should be impeached.

    Fox News Hosts Laura Ingraham and Dean Hannity also joined a host of other familiar right wing figures in condemning Trump for, among other things, failing to insist on wall funding as a condition for signing the bill.

    So far as appears in news stories about the wall, experts agree that the wall is useless and unnecessary as a security measure, especially with illegal Mexican border crossings reportedly now at record lows.

    Indeed, even among commentators who believe that reducing illegal immigration is of prime urgency, there is a respected school of thought which argues that internal enforcement is more effective than increased border measures in general.

    Therefore, what can account for the fury of familiar right wing names such as Counter, Ingraham and Hannity, not to mention Drudge and Limbaugh, who are normally among Trump's strongest supporters on immigration policy?
    Does the lack of funding for the border wall mean that America is about to receive a big new influx of "dangerous" illegal immigrants compared to present levels?

    No one is making any such argument seriously. To the contrary, the right wing rage against Trump's inability to date to persuade Congress to agree to provide more funding for his wall (and not through lack of trying on his part) shows the importance of a wall as a symbol of hatred and rejection of Latino and other non-white immigrants in general.

    This is hardly any secret to people like Coulter, who has written an entire book, Adios America, arguing that admitting Latino and other immigrants of color, could in effect, lead to the destruction of America. There is certainly no lack of other comments on the far right by public figures, such as Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who, in effect, argue that preserving America depends on preserving what they see as the fundamentally white, European character of American society - a doctrine which is also vociferously maintained by openly white nationalist figures such as the ones who lead the notorious rally in Charlottesville which Trump was so reluctant to condemn.

    And despite all of the talk about the wall as an alleged means for combating illegal immigration, it is clearly meant by its proponents to be symbol of rejection of legal immigration as well.

    Indeed there is a strong argument that in the Trump era, the entire focus of the anti-immigrant movement has shifted away from stopping illegal immigration to stopping or reducing non-white immigration in general, legal and illegal.

    See also Dara Lind's perceptive article in

    Building a border wall is a symbol of this shift, and that is why Trump's failure to obtain Congressional for funding this wall is creating so much fury among his right wing supporters.
    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 30 years, Roger's practice has been concentrated in skilled and professional immigration, including H-1B, Labor certification and other employment and family-based work visas and green cards.

    Roger's email address is

    Updated 03-26-2018 at 03:01 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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