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  1. Mayors from seven major French cities write open letter saying they are overwhelmed by the flow of migrants 19/01/18

    Note. While researching an article I am writing on how Hungary is dealing with illegal immigration, I happened upon this article about France. It's sad that the situation had to get to this point. Nolan

    The mayors of seven large
    French cities have appealed to the national government to save them from the 'social emergency' of huge numbers of migrants.

    Local chiefs from Nantes, Lille, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Rennes, Toulouse andStrasbourg wrote an open letter to Parisian officials to beg for relief from the'extreme tension' caused by the arrival of people seeking a new home.

    The mayors - including this year's presidential hopeful Alain Juppé (fromBordeaux) - explained that there had been a 'massive rise in the demand forasylum', with 'several thousand' migrants arriving every month.

    Writing to Le Monde, they added: 'A social emergency. An urgent solidarity. [Our cities] are, on this subject as on others, on the front line.

    'We can not, we must not, resign ourselves to the human, social and health drama of uprooting migrants. Every month, several thousand people arrive inour cities.

    'Integrating those recognized as refugees and helping those who have lost their right of asylum who still remain in our territory is a major issue.'

    The letter further explained that the crisis - of 'a proportion never before known' - was leading to a 'saturation' of core services supplied to migrants such as housing and welfare despite a 'steady increase' in the number of places made available.


    Submitted by Nolan Rappaport

    Updated 01-19-2018 at 04:58 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. "Chain Migration" and Visa Lottery Originally Promoted White Immigration. That Changed, So Trump and GOP Now Want to Abolish Them. Roger Algase

    If the Federal Government shuts down beginning on January 20, the first anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration as President, there can be little doubt that one of the main causes, if not the only one, will have been the president's persistent refusal to agree to a DACA solution that does not also met his repeated demand the "Chain Migration" (a pejorative term for family immigration for parents and siblings of US citizens) and the Diversity Visa Lottery must be abolished.

    Despite the efforts of Trump supporters to obfuscate or downplay the effect of Trump's horrific "shithole" (or was it "shithouse"?) comment on January 11, which was made in the course of Trump's reported angry rejection of a DACA proposal by a group of Senators which would NOT have ended family immigration or the Diversity Lottery, Trump has attacked both these programs so many times, and so pejoratively, that there can be no serious doubt that his opposition is based on race.

    As recently as January 17, two days before the shutdown deadline, the Daily Mail reported that Trump and his Republican supporters were still adamant about ending the Diversity lottery and cutting back on legal family based immigration, (which Trump has referred to several times, most recently in a December 29, 2017 tweet, as "horrible"), as the price for agreeing to a solution for DACA recipients - who are in a desperate situation only because Trump unilaterally cancelled their program four months ago, effective in March of this year.

    Beyond question, these two programs have become symbols of immigration in general from non-white areas of the world. For that reason, they have come under fierce attack from white supremacist spokesmen and politicians, politely referred to as immigration "conservatives" or "hard liners", whom Trump looks to and relies on as his "base".

    But "Chain Migration" and the Visa Lottery were not always identified with immigration from non-white parts of the world. Both were originally instituted for the purpose of maintaining the predominantly European focus of immigration and makeup of America's population.

    In order to understand this, we need to look at the history of the landmark 1965 immigration reform law which abolished the openly racist, "Nordics"-only immigration act of 1924, and which has formed the foundation of America's immigration policy for the past half century.

    A January 13 article by Alison Durkee on explains this history clearly and succinctly as follows:

    "Trump and [Arkansas Republican Senator Tom] Cotton's attacks on the 'un-American' program, however, ignore the fact that it was conservatives who imposed family-based immigration in the first place. Their intention, though, was to keep the country dominated by white Europeans, and has since backfired and led to the transformation of the US."

    The article continues:

    "The U.S. first adopted its emphasis on family immigration in the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, also known as the Hart-Celler Act. This was a transformative piece of legislation that abolished a prior system of national origin quotas that heavily favored Europeans...While the Democrat[ic]-led act was initially based aound skills and education that would be 'eapecially advantageous' to the U.S., a last minute political compromise was struck to assuage conservatives who wanted the U.S. to remain predominantly populated by white Europeans: family-based immigration."

    To be continued.

    Updated 01-19-2018 at 08:34 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  3. 'Gang of Six' DACA bill is an exploitative political statement. By Nolan Rappaport

    © Getty

    Last week, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) met with President Donald Trump to discuss a DACA proposal that, according to Durbin, could be released to the public as early as Wednesday. Graham and Durbin are in a bipartisan group of senators that put the plan together, called the Gang of Six.

    President Barack Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to give temporary legal status to aliens who were brought to the United States illegally when they were children.

    There were 690,000 DACA participants when Trump terminated the program on September 5, 2017, with a six-month grace period.

    Trump rejected the Gang of Six’s proposal and criticized the democrats for not negotiating in good faith.

    On Sunday, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), another member of the Gang of Six, defended his Democratic colleagueson the This Week television program. He said the Democrats are negotiating in good faith, and the proposal is bipartisan. Three of the Gang of Six members are Republicans.

    Yet no matter how Flake describes the proposal, it is not a good faith attempt to find common ground with either the majority of congressional Republicans or the president.

    Five of the six senators in the Gang of Six were also in 2013’s the Gang of Eight, which showed the same disregard for majority Republican positions when they moved the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, S. 744, through the Senate.


    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 01-17-2018 at 04:52 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  4. Gallup poll: Immigration a Top Problem for Republicans, Not for Democrats

    Story Highlights

    • Dissatisfaction with government is top problem overall

    • Immigration ties with government as the top problem among Republicans
    • 16% of Republicans vs. 4% of Democrats name immigration as top problem

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Partisan differences are clearly visible in Americans' assessments of themost important problem facing the country. Dissatisfaction with government ranks at or near the top of the list of the country's most important problems for both Republicans (16%) and Democrats(30%), though the percentages differ substantially. But while immigration ties dissatisfaction with government as the top problem among Republicans, it appears much lower on the list amongDemocrats.

    Mentions of immigration among Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP are up to16% from 9% last month, while just 4% of Democrats and Democratic leaners mention immigrationas the most important problem. Immigration-related issues are at the center of congressionalleaders' ongoing efforts to reach a budget deal and avoid a federal government shutdown.


    Submitted by Nolan Rappaport

    Updated 01-17-2018 at 04:51 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  5. Sessions Praised 1924 Europe-Only Immigration Law. Now He Says US Should be More Like Canada (Where Most Migrants Are From Asia/Africa). Roger Algase

    In 2015, as a Senator, Jeff Sessions, who is now Trump's attorney general, had high praise for a 1924 immigration law which, based on the discredited "Eugenics" theory of white racial superiority which Adolf Hitler espoused, was heavily skewed toward immigration from the "Nordic" countries of northern Europe and cut off immigration from the rest of the world almost entirely.

    Indeed Hitler, writing some 90 years before Sessions in Mein Kampf, claimed to have been inspired by that law.

    On January 16, however, Sessions told Fox News that America should have an immigration system more like Canada, which, according to the him, accepts immigrants based more on education and ability than the US does.

    Either Sessions has had a radical change of heart from the time only three years ago when he praised the racially bigoted 1924 Johnson Reed immigration act, or else he may be unaware that immigrants from Europe are a small minority in Canada, down to 11.6 percent of all immigrants in 2016, an even smaller percentage than immigrants from Africa, which Canada obviously does not consider to be a "shithole" (or "shithouse" - I want be sure to quote the US president correctly), part of the world.

    By far the largest percentage of immigrants to Canada are from Asia.


    If Sessions is indeed aware of the fact that the ethnic makeup of Canada's immigrant population is a far cry from that of the northern-Europe paradigm in the 1924 "national origins" immigration law which Sessions held up as an ideal in his "Immigration Handbook for Senate Republicans" only three years ago, he may just want to go and have a friendly chat with his boss, Donald Trump, who on January 11 said that America needs immigrants from "countries like Norway", not from Africa or Haiti.

    Sessions and other supporters of the RAISE Act, which would give preference to parts of the world such as Europe where English is widely understood and higher education widely available, while ending extended family immigration and the visa lottery which benefit mainly non-white immigrants from other parts of the world, may think that their proposals will make America's immigration system white again - as it was between 1924 and 1964.

    But if America really becomes more like Canada with regard to immigration, supporters of the white supremacist immigration system which Donald Trump endorsed on January 11 (and has since unconvincingly tried to walk back from) may regret what they wished for.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 01-17-2018 at 08:05 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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