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  1. Will Visa Policy Be Decided By Death Threats And Immigrant Children Terrorized?

    Update, April 13, 10:20 pm:

    The numerous death threats and other intimidating phone calls by Trump supporters against Republican party officials who are simply trying to follow their party's rules for picking delegates in their respective states (see below) are also being accompanied by another form of terror and intimidation - against school children from immigrant communities. Huffington Post reports as follows on April 13:

    "Overall, more than two-thirds of the teachers who took the survey reported that their students - mainly Muslims, immigrants and the children of immigrants - were worried about what could happen to them and their families after the November election.

    And more than one-third of the teachers said they've noticed a rise in anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiment among their students as well.

    report identified two troubling trends, more racist and vicious bullying of minorities, and more anxiety among immigrants and minorities about what would happen to them if certain candidates for president are elected.

    The survey did not name specific candidates, but teachers named Trump, the Republican front-runner, in more than 1,000 comments - five times more often than they mentioned any of the other candidates."

    See: Huffington Post

    'The Trump Effect': Hatred , Fear And Bullying On The Rise In Schools

    (Link to be provided.)

    My original post appears below.

    ABC News reports on April 14 that the Colorado state Republican chairman, Steve House, has received "thousands" of death threats from Trump supporters after Senator Ted Cruz won all of that state's delegates in that state's Republican convention last week.

    The IndyStar also reports that an Indiana Republican delegate and chairman of one of that state's Congressional districts was among the Trump critics who received threatening messages. See:

    If Donald Trump becomes president, how will America's immigration laws and policies be decided in the future - through the regular legislative and administrative processes mandated by our Constitution, or according to which lawmakers or other officials receive the most death threats from Trump's supporters?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 04-13-2016 at 10:04 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. Trump Loses Battle With Labor Union Including 80% Immigrant Membership. Roger Algase

    Donald Trump, who has been been attacking immigrants both with and without legal status as threats to American jobs, and promising prosperity to US workers as soon as our borders are sealed against Latinos, Muslims and other non-white immigrants, has just lost a battle with a Los Vegas hotel workers union made up mainly of immigrants (ones with legal work permission, to be sure, since one would assume that Trump's hotels are not in the business of hiring "illegals" - but see my April 4 post).

    The employees at Trump Hotel Las Vegas, 80 percent of whom are immigrants, mainly Latino and Filipino, according to news reports (see below) are obviously well assimilated to American society and culture, because what could be more American, and better protected by US law, than the right to organize and bargain for better wages and working conditions.

    Last December, a majority of the employees at Trump's hotel voted to join the Culinary Workers Union and Bartenders Union, despite reported intimidation and retaliation by Trump's hotel, including suspending five workers for wearing union buttons and talking to co-workers about the union drive. The suspended workers were later reinstated with back pay.

    The union also filed a complaint against the hotel based on "incidents of alleged physical assault, verbal abuse, intimidation and threats". In August, 2015, the NLRB upheld another complaint by the same union accusing the hotel of threatening workers with reprisals for organizing and in one case, firing a pro-union employee. See:

    In the latest development, the NLRB Regional Director has upheld the election and certified the union as bargaining agent, but Trump's hotel still has the right to appeal to the full board in Washington or to refuse to bargain with the union, which would move the dispute to federal court.

    It remains to be seen how much longer Trump will continue to fight for the "right" to pay the mainly immigrant workers in this union, whose spokesperson, Bethany Khan, has a Muslim last name, lower wages than those received by both American citizen and immigrant workers at unionized hotels in the same area.

    It also raises questions about whether Trump is winning the race for Hypocrite-in Chief among the presidential candidates by fighting to lower the wages of his immigrant, and American, hotel workers, and exploiting other immigrant workers by sponsoring them for green cards at far below US wages (see my April 4 post), while at the same time attacking immigrants as sources of "cheap labor" who "steal American jobs".

    See also:

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 04-06-2016 at 08:16 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  3. Report: Trump Sponsored Illegal Workers at $13.83/hr. for $30/hr. jobs. Roger Algase

    Part of Donald Trump's appeal is said to be that since he is a successful businessman, he would know better than anyone else how to fix the economy and create more jobs for American workers. Certainly, experience counts.

    But there is also another area where Trump allegedly has experience and expertise - in exploiting "illegal" foreign workers in order to kill American jobs. This is according to a March 30 Daily Kos story: Exploiting immigrants and killing good jobs the Trump way.


    The Daily Kos reports:

    "Unemployment in the construction industry was high in 2010. But somehow ( Donald Trump's fancy Westchester golf development needed Ecuadorian stonemasons, for whom the company tried to get permanent work certifications while admitting they'd entered the country 'without inspection' i.e. illegally."

    The full story appears in the above cited article. It is not one that does much to bolster Trump's claims of good faith in his stated opposition to illegal immigration and to hiring cheap foreign labor instead of American workers.

    Among other things, the article states that Trump's company offered the Ecuadorian stonemasons $13.83 per hour for jobs that usually pay $30 per hour to US workers, but somehow managed to have this accepted by the US Department of Labor as a valid prevailing wage.

    The article also reports that Trump's company received audit requests from the DOL for these applications, but did not respond. Earlier (2006) labor certification applications by the same company for five other Central/South American masons were denied, but one of these denials was overturned on appeal. That LC application offered a higher salary, namely $22.05 per hour.

    The above article also claims that Trump's company used an agent (not a lawyer) to prepare and file the LC applications who had been blacklisted by the DOL for alleged fraudulent activity.

    With regard to Trump's hiring low wage foreign workers at a time when a downturn on the construction industry was reportedly putting many American construction workers out of work, a bricklayers' union representative was quoted as saying:

    "People lost their homes, families went hungry...There's np way that the argument can reasonably be made that there was nobody to do the work. It's completely ridiculous."

    While the bricklayers' union and the contractors' association disagreed about whether or not there was a shortage of qualified US worker stonemasons, they both agreed that $13.83 per hour was well below the going rate of about $30 per hour, or even double that for masons with several years of experience, something that the Ecuadorean laborers had, according to the above article

    This raises a question as to how truthful the job descriptions in the LC applications that Trump's company filed with the DOL in order to receive the low prevailing wage of $13.83 per hour actually were.

    All in all, the actions of Trump's company in connection with these labor certification applications do not do a great deal to support Trump's contention that he is the best qualified presidential candidate to crack down on fraud and abuse in the labor certification and other skilled worker immigration programs.

    His claim would be more equivalent to arguing that a serial robber, burglar or rapist is the best candidate for police chief, since he has the most experience with crime.
    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, He has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants with H-1B, Labor Certification and other employment based, as well as marriage-based and other work visas and green cards, for over 35 years.

    Roger's email address is

    Updated 04-05-2016 at 12:46 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  4. Muslim UK Immigrant Killed by Fellow Muslim Over Easter Greetings. Roger Algase

    The Washington Post reports on March 29 that a Glasgow, Scotland shopkeeper and Pakistani Immigrant, Asad Shah, was killed by another Muslim who allegedly drove 200 miles to murder him after Shah sent Easter Greetings to his Christian friends, neighbors and customers. According to the WP story, Shah was known and loved by everyone in his neighborhood as a man who respected and cared about everyone regardless of religion.

    One of the vigils in his honor was attended by the Scottish first minister. Shah belonged to the community of Ahmadiyyah Muslims, who are known for their tolerance and acceptance toward other religions. The WP reports that the majority Sunni Muslims, to whom his alleged killer belongs, consider the Ahmadiyyah Muslims as heretical.

    Certainly, no one in his right mind would want to let the alleged killer into the United States, and there will no doubt be questions about how he was allowed into the UK (if he was not born there). Obviously, tighter background checks to weed out potential killers and terrorists are needed.

    But Donald Trump would also have banned Asad Shah, who gave his life for the ideal of religious tolerance, from entering the US, merely because he was also a Muslim, despite the fact that most victims of killings and atrocities by ISIS and other Muslim extremists have also been Muslims. Is this what America really stands for?

    (I do not have a link to the WP story - please check out their March 29 home page.)
    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, he has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from many different parts of the world obtain work visas and green cards.

    Roger believes that tolerating or promoting prejudice against or denial of basic rights to any group of immigrants on racial or religious grounds puts the freedoms of all Americans, and the foundations of our democracy itself, in danger. His email address is

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 03-30-2016 at 06:30 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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