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  1. An Imaginary Debate Between Trump's Immigration Supporters and Opponents, Using Great Poetry From the Past. Roger Algase

    Amid conflicting reports that Trump may or may not be making a deal with the Democrats to adopt a more humanitarian approach toward the DREAMERS, there could be two ways of looking at his immigration policies, using lines from famous poets of the past.

    The first would be a view expressed by many of Trump's immigration supporters, in the words of the great late 19th and early 20th century Austrian poet, Ranier Maria Rilke:

    Ich kann nicht glauben dass er Unrecht tue,

    Doch hoere ich viel boeses von ihm sprechen.

    ("I cannot believe that he would do wrong,

    Though I have heard much evil talk about him.")

    In opposition, Trump's detractors could well quote the line of the famous 1st Century B.C. Roman poet Lucretius, who wrote:

    tantum religio potuit suadere malorum

    "False ideology was able to cause such great evil."


    The great 18th century philosopher Voltaire wrote that the above line of Lucretius would last as long as the human race itself.

    One might hope from Trump's recently reported discussions with Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that the anti-immigrant policies he has been pursuing to date since taking office as president will not last as Voltaire predicted for the great Roman poet's immortal line!

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    algaselex@gmail.com



    Updated 09-14-2017 at 01:03 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. This post has been deleted. See my other post on the same topic

    This post has been deleted as duplicative. Please see my companion September 14 post on the same subject, namely an imaginary poetic debate between Trump's immigration supporters and opponents.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 09-14-2017 at 11:48 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  3. While 6 Million Floridians Suffered From a Global Warming Related Storm, Trump Was Asking Sup. Ct. to Ban More Muslim Immigrants. Roger Algase

    I will start by admitting to a personal motivation for writing this comment. I have a daughter who lives in Florida, along with my son-in law and my grandsons. Along with 6 million other Floridians, they were without power in 80-degree heat, and must have spent a very anxious and uncomfortable night before the electricity finally came back on after the devastation wrought throughout that state by Hurricane Irma, which according to most news reports, was the most powerful Atlantic storm on record.

    Fortunately, she and her family (including their numerous cats!) are safe, and they were among the lucky Floridians whose home was not damaged in the storm. But was this storm just another Florida Hurricane? Why was it of such ferocious power, covering such a wide area?

    Why did it come so soon after Hurricane Harvey which devastated Houston, one of America's largest cities, and other places in Texas? Why are there reports of more dangerous storms in the Atlantic, as well as unprecedented droughts and uncontrollable wildfires in other parts of the United States, not to mention extreme weather in Asia and other parts of the world?

    As evidently every reputable scientist is shouting as loudly as possible to anyone who is willing to listen, the answer is in two simple words: Global Warming (euphemistically known as Climate Change). For just one of the latest news reports on this connection which are too numerous to mention, see:

    https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...-irma-droughts

    But what is the president of the United States doing about this severe, incalculably dangerous threat to the lives and safety of millions of Americans, whose welfare he claims to be putting first every time he issues a "Buy American, Hire American" or some other executive order aimed at cutting off Asian, African, Middle Eastern or Latin American immigration?

    In terms of property damage and disruption of daily life, global warming has, very arguably, already caused more damage from these two storms than dozens of terrorist attacks could conceivably have done.

    The answer is that, aside from expunging any mention of climate change and links to scientific information about it from government websites, Donald Trump is doing nothing about this threat - not only to America but to the entire planet.

    Instead, his focus is now on cancelling DACA, (and possibly, according to a recent CNN news report, even TPS) and, most recently, asking the Supreme Court to ban more Muslim refugees (after apparently having given up on trying to stop more Muslim grandparents from entering the United States - with all this policy's awful associations with the Nazis' obsession over Jewish grandparents in the infamous Nuremberg laws ). See:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...-scotus-242557

    Which is more important to you, Mr. President, protecting the American people from even more devastating global-warming related storms of which Hurricanes Harvey and Irma may be only a foretaste, or pursuing the Alt-Right agenda of making America whiter by banning as many Muslim and other non-European immigrants as the federal courts (and Congress, if it ever passes the RAISE Act) will permit, letting loose a Hurricane of Hate and a Flood of Fear against minority communities by stepping up attempts to arrest and deport millions of mainly Latino and Asian immigrants who are already in this country, and threatening to shut down the federal government if Congress does not provide funding for a Wall of shame and humiliation along our Southern border?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law


    Updated 09-12-2017 at 07:40 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  4. Trump's Demographic and Climate Change Denials are Creating Hurricanes of Hostility and Floods of Fear For Minority Immigrants. Roger Algase

    Revised and updated as of September 11 at 2:40 pm:

    This is an immigration, not a meteorological blog, but with Hurricane Irma now threatening the lives and safety of millions of people in Florida and neighboring states, coming on the heels of the devastating Hurricane Harvey that wreaked havoc in Texas, it is no longer possible to avoid drawing a comparison between the callous disregard of the welfare of both Americans and immigrants affected by these dangerous storms in his inexcusable policy of climate change denial, and the ongoing hurricane of hostility toward Latino, Muslim and other non-white, non-European immigrants that Donald Trump has unleashed both as a candidate and since taking office as president.

    Trump's denial of the reality of demographic change in America away from the white dominated nation envisioned by his alt-right supporters, and toward a diverse, multi-ethnic, multicultural (and yes, multilingual) society is, if anything, even more destructive to the lives of millions of minority immigrants and US citizens alike than his climate change denial policies.

    Indeed, Trump's presidency so far could almost be said to have been run mainly for the benefit of two powerful interests - the energy companies and other big polluters on the one hand, and the white supremacist immigration opponents on the other.

    To put it simply, both Trump's climate and immigration policies are founded on lies. With regard to climate, one does not have to be an expert (and I am certainly not) to understand that, while the details are not yet fully understood, it is scientifically impossible to deny the connection between global warming and the increasingly huge, deadly storms which are now becoming the new normal.

    Trump's policy of climate change denial is, to put it purely and simply a lie - and a dangerous one which could not only devastate a major American city such as Houston, or, possibly an entire US state such as Florida, but put the future of humanity at risk.

    Since, as mentioned above, this is not a meteorological blog, I will merely refer to the following September 10 (GMT) article in The Guardian by a climate change expert, Bob Ward, and let readers draw their own conclusions:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...e-change-trump

    See also: Los Angeles Times, September 10,

    Climate change deniers play politics with looming natural disasters


    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/topof...910-story.html

    In contrast, Trump's immigration policy, which can also, not unfairly, be described as a looming disaster for Latin American, Muslim, Asian and all other non-European immigrants is, at least on the surface, based on multiple lies: non-white immigrants are criminals or gang members; they are terrorists; if gainfully employed they are stealing jobs from Americans, but if not working they are draining our economy by asking for handouts; they cannot or will not assimilate to American "culture" or respect American values; they are prone to fraud, etc., etc., the list goes on and on, as it has for more than 150 years, ever since the time of the anti-Irish Know-Nothings in the mid-19th Century.

    But essentially, all of these anti-immigrant lies are based on one lie, the most dangerous and destructive of all - namely that only immigrants from a certain part of the world, Europe, or with a certain skin color, white, belong in America; and that all others are dangerous, threatening, and must be kept out or or kicked out.

    Indeed, Trump's speeches as a candidate and actions as president could be looked as an ongoing series of hurricanes unleashed against immigrants from outside Europe.

    We can even give them names: Hurricane Muslim Ban; Hurricane Mass Deportation; Hurricane Expedited Removal; Hurricane Hire American, Hurricane Extreme Vetting, Hurricane H-1B RFE's (which I will be writing about separately in an upcoming post, having been directly on the receiving end of those particular winds), and, most recently, Hurricane DACA Termination, which is blowing away the hopes of almost 800.000 young people who were brought to the US as children through no choice of their own, and many of whom are contributing to America's society and economy as students or skilled workers, not burdening or threatening this country in any way.

    This is not to mention two other slowly developing Hurricanes which have not yet hit in full force - Hurricane Border Wall and, potentially the most powerful and destructive of all, Hurricane RAISE Act, as well as arguably less powerful but still dangerous disturbances as Tropical Storm Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Interviews, and Tropical Storm Lengthy and Incomprehensible Immigration Application Forms.

    For only two of many stories about the "Hurricane of Hate" and "Flood of Fear" that have been unleashed against Latino and other non-white immigrants from the time that Trump took office as president up until now, see:

    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2017/fe...igration-plan/

    and

    https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/...ricane_of_hate

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    algaselex@gmail.com

    Updated 09-11-2017 at 02:41 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  5. Chairman of The Latino Coalition agrees with my DACA recommendation.

    The Hill: Rappaport Says: "Trump ended DACA in the most humane way possible." Hector Barreto, Chairman of the Latino Coalition Agrees!

    http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blo...e-way-possible

    Nolan writes:

    “Former President Barack Obama established the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program five years ago with an executive order that granted temporary lawful status and work authorization to certain undocumented immigrants who had been brought to the United States as children.

    This was not a good idea. It only provided temporary relief and applicants had to admit alienage, concede unlawful presence, and provide their addresses to establish eligibility for the program, which has made it very easy to find them and rush them through removal proceedings.

    Instead of giving false hope to the young immigrants who participated in the program and heightening their risk of deportation, Obama should have worked on getting legislation passed that would have given them real lawful status and put them on a path to citizenship. Such bills are referred to as DREAM Acts, an acronym for “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act.”

    That still is the only option that makes any sense.
    . . . .

    DACA advocates need to put aside any anger they have over the rescission of DACA and work on getting a DREAM Act passed.

    DREAM Acts have been pending in Congress since 2001, and we are yet to see one enacted. This is what led Obama to establish the DACA program administratively.

    A new approach is needed. One possibility would be to base eligibility on national interest instead of on a desire to help as many undocumented immigrants as possible, which is the approach taken by the recently introduced American Hope Act, H.R. 3591. It might more appropriately have been named, “The False Hope Act.”

    The solution is to find a way to help immigrants who were brought here as children that would be acceptable to both parties.”

    In a separate blog over on CNBC, Hector Barreto, Chairman of the Latino Coalition echoed Nolan:

    https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2017/09/06/...ommentary.html

    “The winding down of DACA is the perfect time for Congress to develop effective, compassionate policy on immigration – something most Americans strongly agree we need. The best reforms will be developed through the legislative process, not executive orders – and that’s something else both sides can agree on.

    In the meantime, leaders should stay away from inflammatory language and fear mongering. Mass deportations will not happen – it is simply not logistically possible, and it is not what the Trump Administration has called for. It is worth noting how Attorney General Sessions described the government’s next steps:

    The Department of Justice has advised the President and the Department of Homeland Security that DHS should begin an orderly, lawful wind down, including the cancellation of the memo that authorized this program. … This [wind down process] will enable DHS to conduct an orderly change and fulfill the desire of this administration to create a time period for Congress to act—should it so choose. We firmly believe this is the responsible path.

    Sessions’ words about a “wind down” were rational and calm, indicating an approach that is not drastic or dramatic, not gratuitously painful or overly political. The end of DACA and the beginning of lawful immigration reform can, and should, be handled with this level of maturity and respect – for dreamers for American citizens, and for our nation’s tradition of the rule of law.

    There are no easy or simple answers on immigration, and it’s okay for our leaders to acknowledge that fact. I believe they can find legislative solutions that strengthen America, recognize our proud immigrant tradition, keep the economy strong, and keep our citizens safe and our borders secure. The core elements of President George W. Bush’s immigration reform proposals, for example, met those goals through effective border security, a functioning and humane guest worker program, and a pathway to earned legal status for the undocumented. Given the six-month time frame Congress will have before DACA ends, they would do well to start their work with Bush’s already well-developed proposal.

    President Trump even Tweeted on Tuesday that he would revisit the issue if Congress cannot act.”

    **************************************************
    Read Nolan’s and Hector’s blogs at their respective links above.

    I agree with Nolan’s “bottom line:”

    “The solution is to find a way to help immigrants who were brought here as children that would be acceptable to both parties.”

    Paul W. Schmidt’s immigrationcourtside.com blog site.

    09-05-17

    http://immigrationcourtside.com/2017...lition-agrees/
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