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  1. American Workers Are Paying a Terrible Price for Being Seduced by Trump's Siren Song of Anti-Immigrant Scapegoating. Roger Algase

    During his campaign, Donald Trump ran as an anti-elitist candidate who promised to "drain the swamp" and stand up for ordinary American working people. Promising to protect the jobs and wages of American workers was also a key part of his attacks on immigrants, in addition to his appeals to white anti-immigrant racism which helped so much to gain the support of less educated working class voters.

    Almost immediately upon taking office as president after an election which he could not possibly have won without the large-scale defection to his side of working people who had previously supported President Obama, one of Trump's first actions was to issue his "Buy American - Hire American" executive order which was based on the premise that legal immigrants, not only unauthorized immigrants, are threatening American workers' jobs, wages and standard of living.

    Since that time, Trump has used the specter of job competition by both skilled and unskilled foreign workers to attack or seek to eliminate legal visas for both skilled workers including H-1B employees and their H-4 spouses, and less skilled workers who now have the opportunity to come to the US through programs such as extended family immigration and the Diversity Visa lottery.

    But who has gained from Trump's assault on legal immigrants as potential job stealers who undermine American workers? One group of people has gained a great deal - billionaires, polluters, large banks and other members of the wealthy elite whom Trump claimed to oppose as a candidate.

    They have been doing quite well, thank you, from Trump's tax cuts for the rich, deregulation and practice of putting industry lobbyists in key positions of government, including agencies which are supposed to protect the public such as the EPA, in what is already being called one of the most corrupt administrations in modern US history. See

    How Donald Trump's kleptocracy is undermining American democracy

    But how well are the ordinary American working people whose jobs, wages and standard of living Trump's promised to protect as part of his anti-immigrant siren song doing?

    A January 26 article by the Center for American Progress Action lists at least 35 ways in which ordinary American workers, millions of whom voted for Donald Trump, are being devastated by his anti-union, anti-worker policies. See:

    President Trump's Policies Are Hurting American Workers

    Some readers may no doubt be relieved to know that I will be taking a short break from posting further comments for the next week or two in order to catch up with other pressing items of business.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 06-04-2018 at 01:34 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. Americans Need to Speak Out Against Trump's Cruelty Amounting to Torture in Separating Helpless Immigrant Children From Their Parents. Roger Algase

    Update. June 3, at 7:46 pm:

    According to the Texas ACLU, in two short weeks, the Trump administration has separated 658 children from their parents at the US border in the past two weeks! That is almost as many as had been separated by previous administrations in the previous more than 10 years. An ACLU spokesman calls this practice torture and confirms that children who have been exposed to it are requiring medical treatment as a result.

    Francine Prose, in a June 3 opinion piece in The Guardian (UK) asks:

    Will we just stand by as migrant children are taken from their parents?

    A good question, which all Americans should be asking themselves.

    And as another commentator, Jessica Valenti, writes in the same paper (May 26):

    The US is ripping immigrants' families apart. That's torture.

    See also, Matt Ford (May 31)

    Cruelty Is Trump's Only Immigration Policy

    My revised original comment follows:

    No one can seriously argue that the administration of President Barack Obama was a "golden age" for people, including children, who were caught up in America's immigration detention gulag, including, but not limited to the horrific privately-run immigration prisons, some of whose CEO's became big contributors to Donald Trump's campaign and which the Trump administration is now building more of. See, CBS News, February 21:

    One winner under Trump: The private prison industry

    Terrible abuses were rife, including needless detainee deaths from medical neglect and other causes. In a scathing May 8 2017 statement accompanying its 104-page report on these Obama administration abuses, Human Rights Watch summarized the situation as follows.

    "The data reveals that people in immigration detention died needlessly under the Obama administration, even with its attempts at reform...The Trump administration has already announced its intent to roll back key reforms while detaining even more immigrants, which would likely mean more people will die needless and preventable deaths."

    But despite Trump's recent absurdly false attempt to blame the Democrats for his own family separation policy at the US border, an attempt which makes about as much sense, and contains just about as much truth, as his vicious charge that Nancy Pelosi "loves" MS-13, the Obama administration did not separate detained immigrant children from their parents as a matter of policy, and did not rely, as Donald Trump is now doing, on this heinous and inhuman form of mental torture in order to frighten and terrify Latino and other non-white immigrant families from seeking refuge in the US from gang violence and other intolerable conditions in their home countries.

    See the following article by Kristie de Pena of the Niskanen Institute about the differences between President Obama and Donald Trump with regard to separating immigrant children:

    Before George Orwell takes over completely in the White House (if he has not already done so) there cannot be any question that this brutal policy originated with Donald Trump. It was originally announced by his A.G. Jeff Sessions - who may very arguably be acting as Trump's chief henchman on immigrant incarceration and deportation in order to save his job in the face of Trump's continuing attempts to abuse and humiliate him for following the rule of law by recusing himself from the ongoing Russia investigations.

    This inhuman policy was also reiterated by Trump's DHS chief, Kirstjen Nielsen, who has allegedly been under intense attack by Trump for following legal procedures which make it impossible to close America's borders to Latino and other non-white immigration entirely as Trump has insisted he wishes to do, and who reportedly even threatened to resign at one point after being berated by Trump for not being able to bring about a complete halt in illegal entries.

    Donald Trump will have to find his own excuses for the cruelty he deliberately using against helpless, innocent young children in order to curry favor with his white supremacist base. Blaming President Obama or Nancy Pelosi for this inhuman policy is not going to convince many people.

    How much longer will the American people stand by passively without protesting against Trump's vindictive effort to intimidate brown people from coming to the United States by engaging in what, without any serious question, amounts to severe psychological torture against them and their children?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 06-03-2018 at 06:49 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  3. Trump's Inhuman Tearing Immigrant Children Away From Their Mothers Recalls Separation of Jewish Children Under the Nazis. Roger Algase

    Update: June 2, 1:11 a.m.

    To watch a horrifying video of an unauthorized immigrant mother being torn away by US Border Patrol agents from her screaming, crying children as part of Donald Trump's campaign of fear and terror against Latino and other non-white immigrants, see:

    My earlier comment follows:

    As the storm of outrage grows over the Trump administration's policy of causing unspeakable anguish to Latino and other non-white immigrant families by tearing screaming innocent young children away from their parents at the US border, see: America's Voice, May 31,

    Trump is "Gratuitously Embracing Cruelty"

    and as experts warn about the terrible lifetime psychological scars that these children will suffer as a result of Trump's unbelievably cruel efforts to stop mainly Central American families from seeking asylum in the United States - see: Physicians for Human Rights

    Children Must be Protected, Not Lost


    Stop the Abuse of Immigrant Children in U.S. Custody

    it is worth remembering that this is not the first time that governmental policy of a large and well known country has been responsible for large-scale separations of young and vulnerable children from their families. It has all happened before - under the Nazis.

    In 1965 (the same year, coincidentally, that America's openly racist, Nordics-only, 1924 "national origins" immigration act - which Adolf Hitler claimed inspiration from writing in Mein Kampf, and which A.G. Jeff Sessions, who is now a key player in the child separation agenda, also praised as a Senator nine decades later, was finally repealed), during a brief visit to Germany, I sat down with a couple of German friends whom I had become acquainted with while they were living in the US, and asked them why ordinary Germans didn't do more to try to stop the Nazi extermination of the Jews.

    They vigorously argued that the German people did not know the full extent of the Holocaust because it was concealed from them. Moreover, any German who had spoken out would have done so at the risk of his or her life.

    Donald Trump is not a mass murderer, not an antisemite, not a Nazi and not a follower of Adolf Hitler. Nor, to be fair, did abuse of children and their parents in immigration detention originate with Donald Trump. President Obama has a lot to answer for on that score also.

    But the Obama administration, so far as is known, did not engage in systematically ripping young children apart from their mothers in order to scare families from trying to enter the United States, or as a matter of vindictive rage out of frustration at an increase in illegal entry numbers, as Trump is reported to have expressed in acrimonious exchanges with his own DHS Secretary.

    There can be no doubt that Donald Trump is carrying out a policy at the US border which goes against the most elementary notions of basic humanity and is doing so out of intentional cruelty in order to terrify Latino and other brown immigrants from coming to the United States, including people who may have a right under our laws to pursue asylum claims in this country.

    This policy not only disgraces America and our most fundamental values of protecting families and the rights of children, but it also, very arguably, violates US laws against torture and international law, in the form of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    I will discuss these provisions in a future comment. America is not Nazi Germany, and the horrors of Donald Trump's child separation policy are on full view - literally, on Youtube.

    The American people have the freedom, the right, the capacity and the obligation to stand up and speak out against this atrocity which is now happening before our very eyes.

    The fact that there were inexcusable abuses of children in immigration detention while, for the most part, being held together with their families under President Obama is not an answer - not an excuse - for Donald Trump's deliberate, purposeful, inhumanity.

    For more on the differences between President Obama and Donald Trump on family separation at the US border, see Kristie de Pena of the Niskanen Center, May 31:

    What everyone has gotten wrong about family separation

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 06-02-2018 at 09:54 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  4. Trump Borrows From Hitler's Playbook Against Jews by Scapegoating Latino Immigrants as Criminals and Calling Pelosi an "MS-13 Lover". Roger Algase

    In his latest May 29 attack on House Minority Leader Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as someone who "loves MS-13"

    Donald Trump is using a strategy right out of Adolf Hitler's playbook of dehumanizing and scapegoating the Jews as "criminals" who "stabbed Germany in the back" during WW-1 and were allegedly responsible for all of that country's problems.

    To be sure, Trump is not anti-Jewish, does not support genocide or mass murder, and is not an admirer or follower of Hitler or the Nazis. Comparisons between Trump and the German Fuehrer need to be used sparingly and with a great deal of qualification.

    But just as Hitler used long standing hatred and prejudice against Germany's tiny Jewish minority, dating back to the Middle Ages, in order to take absolute power in Germany, there are many disturbing signs that Trump is now doing the same thing with Latino, Muslim and black immigrants to accomplish the same goal in America.

    Peter Beinart, contributing editor at The Atlantic and associate professor of journalism and political science at City University of New York, writes as follows in that magazine:

    "...the Nazi newspaper Der Sturmer ran a feature called 'Letter Box' which published readers accounts of Jewish crimes. When the Nazis took power, the German State did something similar. Frustrated by the failure of most businesses to participate in a boycott of Jewish businesses in April, 1933, Adolf Hitler's government began publicizing Jewish crime statistics as a way of stoking antisemitism.

    The lists of alleged Jewish criminals appearing in Der Stuermer, whose publisher, Julius Streicher, was later executed as a Nazi war criminal, were a very dangerous precedent for Trump's VOICE program of publishing lists of crimes (including absurdly trivial ones such as trespassing and, in one case, "Peeping Tom") which arrested Latino and other mainly non-white immigrants has been charged with, even if not convicted of.

    While VOICE was soon abandoned, MS-13, which only a tiny percentage of immigrants are connected with and some of whose members are not immigrants at all, but US citizens, appears to be taking its place as one of Trump's handy tools for promoting hatred against non-white immigrants.

    Beinart also explains:

    "Trump's allies may believe that sneaking into the United States, or using a fake social security number to get a job, predisposes people t rob, rape or kill. So if Trump's goal is increasing public safety, publishing a list of crimes committed by unauthorized immigrants is irrational. It is like publishing a list of crimes committed by people with red hair.

    If, however, Trump's goal is stigmatizing a vulnerable class of people, then publicizing their crimes - and their crimes alone - makes sense. It's a tactic that bigots have used [for] more than a century.

    Using crime to incite hatred has a long history in the United States."

    Beinart concludes:

    "Trump's defenders might also argue that crime by unauthorized immigrants deserves special attention because, if the US enforced its immigration laws, it wouldn't occur at all. But even if it were possible to entirely prevent illegal entry into the United States...what's the point of publicizing crimes that illegal aliens commit except to incite hatred against them, and those Latinos legally in the United States who get mistaken for them?"

    Beinart's above comments do not deal specifically with Trump's use of MS-13. But everything he says about publicizing other crimes allegedly committed by Latino immigrants applies to MS-13 as well.

    As Long Island WINS quotes one Latino community organizer who protested against Trump's demagogic, publicity-seeking MS-13 "Roundtable" in that community:

    "Long Island has fought against racism for African-Americans. it has fought against prejudice against Catholics, against Jews, so I can tell you that Long Island will overcome the hatred against immigrants."

    Democracy in Germany was not able to withstand Adolf Hitler's stigmatizing and dehumanizing the Jews as "criminals" and subhumans (Untermenschen, in German) who were allegedly responsible for all of Germany's problems. As the Nazi slogan went:

    "Die Juden sind unser Unglueck" ("The Jews are our misfortune.")

    Will America's democracy be able to survive Donald Trump's relentless attacks on Latino and other non-white immigrants as "criminals," "terrorists" and "stealers of American jobs"?

    The example of Nazi Germany, and of many other dictatorships around the world where authoritarian rulers have taken power by exploiting hatred against immigrants or other unpopular minorities, warns us that unless we, as Americans, stand up for immigrant rights and against attempts by Trump and his supporters to use prejudice against Latino and other non-white immigrants for their own purposes, we should not be so sure that our democracy will survive.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 05-31-2018 at 01:07 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  5. African Immigrant Granted French Citizenship For Heroic Child Rescue; Two Arrested in US for Trying to "Deport" Legal Chinese Student. Roger Algase

    In immigration notes from around the world, The Guardian reports that an undocumented African immigrant, Mamadou Gassama from Mali, has been granted the promise of French citizenship after having risked his life (or possible deportation from France) by four-stories up a building in Paris in order to save a 4-year old child who had been left dangling from a balcony.

    Instead of being deported, Gassama was hailed as a hero and was able to meet with French President Macron, who granted him a medal for "bravery and devotion" along with legal permission to stay in France and a guarantee of fast track citizenship papers.

    The paper reports that when Gassama saw that the child was in danger, he did not think twice before immediately taking action to rescue him.

    Meanwhile, the same paper reports that two US flight instructors have been arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap and "deport" a Chinese pilot training student with a legal F-1 visa who had been sent to the flight school by the Chinese aviation agency, because they thought that the student's English wasn't good enough for him to be able to complete the program successfully.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 05-29-2018 at 03:32 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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