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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    In 279 B.C., King Pyrrhus of Epirus defeated the Romans at Ausculum, but his army suffered such heavy casualties that even now, almost 2,300 years later, we still use the phrase "Pyrrhic victory" to describe a victory that was so costly that it wasn't worth it.

    If having probably 95 per cent of the people from the six banned countries who would actually have been successful in getting visas from US Consular officers because of genuine ties to the US without the ban enter the US as exempt from the ban means that Trump was successful in getting the ban upheld by the High Court, then, it would also be fair to say that King Pyrrhus won a yuge victory over the Romans.

    I wasn't there, but I doubt that King Pyrrhus looked or felt like a winner after that particular battle.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Really, aren't you the guy who was claiming that the ban hurt 200 million muslims? Are you admitting now that in fact it only hurt the few thousand muslims who were going to come here during the 90-day period?

    Nolan Rappaport
  2. MKolken's Avatar
    Where are you getting 95%?
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Matt, do you have nothing to say about the absurd, arbitrary "extreme vetting" question numbers 46.d and 47 in the new I-485 form which are so broad and vague that they could potentially give an immigration examiner an excuse to deny an AOS application for any reason that he or she (or America's 45th president) wants?

    See my June 27 ilw.com comment:

    http://blogs.ilw.com/entry.php?9975

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 06-27-2017 at 09:07 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    In 279 B.C., King Pyrrhus of Epirus defeated the Romans at Ausculum, but his army suffered such heavy casualties that even now, almost 2,300 years later, we still use the phrase "Pyrrhic victory" to describe a victory that was so costly that it wasn't worth it.

    If having probably 95 per cent of the people from the six banned countries who would actually have been successful in getting visas from US Consular officers because of genuine ties to the US without the ban enter the US as exempt from the ban means that Trump was successful in getting the ban upheld by the High Court, then, it would also be fair to say that King Pyrrhus won a yuge victory over the Romans.

    I wasn't there, but I doubt that King Pyrrhus looked or felt like a winner after that particular battle.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 06-26-2017 at 04:08 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  5. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    In my own June 23 ilw.com comment on this decision, I quote the great 10th century Iraqi poet Al-Mutanabbi who wrote the following over 1,000 years ago:

    Wa taazumu
    fi 'ayn assaghir assagharuha

    Wa tasgharu fi 'ayn al azim al azaimu.

    A rough translation (as I am not a classical Arabic scholar) would be:

    "Small people think that their small actions are great,

    And great people think that their great actions are small."

    Which of these two types of people does Donald Trump belong to, by imposing his agenda of mass deportation and expulsion of Middle Eastern, Latino, Asian and black immigrants on America?

    True, the actual number of deportations may be starting off at a slower rate than those of Trump's predecessor, but that will be of little comfort to the threatened Iraqi Christians, whom Trump promised during his campaign to protect against persecution and possible genocide in their home country, and most of whom have only minor criminal convictions; and who have received only a two-week reprieve from Judge Goldsmith in Detroit.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law


    Updated 06-23-2017 at 08:49 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Detainers sometimes are necessary. This one certainly is.

    Why doesn't Trump stick to going after the really bad guys, as he promised during the campaign?

    Aren't there enough of those around to satisfy him?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 06-20-2017 at 11:24 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  7. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    This is welcome news. Any exception to Trump's mass deportation agenda - see my June 18 ilw.com post on this topic - should be commended.

    Hopefully, Trump might one day decide to break his promises on mass deportation for almost 11 million mainly Hispanic non-DACA recipients, and on his Muslim entry ban, which in its latest version (which Trump himself has criticized as too "watered down") affects almost 200 million people in six countries from which no terrorist attack on the US has ever been launched, purely because of their religion.

    I would not advise any readers to hold their breath waiting for this kind of policy change on the president's part.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 06-19-2017 at 08:01 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  8. MKolken's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    What about things to come? Trump is telling us, over and over again, on deportation: "You ain't seen nothing yet."

    Should we disregard him entirely? If so, why?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Why should we believe anything that Trump says?
  9. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    What about things to come? Trump is telling us, over and over again, on deportation: "You ain't seen nothing yet."

    Should we disregard him entirely? If so, why?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  10. bendswede's Avatar
    When was that statement by Obama made? I couldn't tell from the United We Dream site.
  11. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    If Matt were a New Testament scholar, he would no doubt be writing the most brilliant and exhaustive treatise ever on the life and career of John the Baptist, just as he is now doing in the immigration sphere with respect to Barack Obama's deportation record, compared to what Donald Trump promises to have in store of America.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law.


  12. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who has been reading President Trump's executive orders. He is going to deport the noncriminal aliens who can't prove they have been here for two years in expedited removal proceedings. When the program is ready to go, noncriminal aliens will be arrested and held in mandatory detention until they can be deported, unless they can establish a credible fear of persecution, which is not likely to be as easy under the Trump Administration as it was under the Obama Administration. In the meantime, he has to do something about the immigration court backlog crises so he can deport the criminal aliens in immigration court proceedings.

    I provide a more detailed explanation of this program in an article I wrote entitled, "Noncriminal immigrants facing Trump's deportation force need legalization, not lawyers." It's in today's ILW.com daily, but if you aren't seeing this in the daily, you can find it at the following link--

    http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blo...d-legalization

    Nolan Rappaport
  13. MKolken's Avatar
    No John the Baptist reference Roger?
  14. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    What comes down can go up. It will go up if Trump's mass deportation agenda, most recently contained in an 18-page draft DHS memo discussed in a recent WP story and in my own latest ilw.com comment originally posted on on the night of April 14 ever goes into effect.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  15. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Isn't there something just a little bit distorted, just slightly weird and irrational, in Secretary Kelly's comparing the "threat" from desperate people trying to escape poverty and violence in their pwn countries by seeking a better life in the US at our Southern border, with the existential threat to America and the future of humanity coming from North Korea?

    But of course, it is much easier for our president to intimidate and terrorize 11 million defenseless non-white immigrants, in the manner of tyrants, bullies and cowards the world over throughout history, than it is to stand up to a totally evil crazed lunatic with nuclear weapons and missiles.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 04-16-2017 at 12:54 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  16. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    In the ancient Greek drama Medea by Euripides, Medea's husband, Jason, who has just divorced her in order to marry the daughter of the local tyrant, Creon, even as Creon is deporting Medea back to her native country, along with her and Jason's two children, says to Medea (not without a certain irony):

    "Now you understand justice and the rule of law".

    (diken epistasai nomois te chresthai)

    Are these roundups and expulsions of Hispanic and other non-white immigrants the kind of

    "justice and rule of law"

    that America is learning to expect from Donald Trump?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 04-06-2017 at 09:10 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  17. MKolken's Avatar
    And see Dershowitz: "The statute on its face is Constitutional." http://www.mrctv.org/videos/alan-der...ity-travel-ban
  18. MKolken's Avatar
    Click on the video.
  19. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Given the overwhelming evidence of religious discrimination in the ban, this seems unreasonable.

    Did he say why he thinks the ban will be upheld? Do you have a link to his statement?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  20. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Very interesting.

    Nolan Rappaport
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