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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I am honored that a respected and distinguished legal authority such as Nolan is taking the time to read my comments and share them with his friend.

    Unfortunately comparisons between the way that Hitler came to power and the way that Trump is trying to seize absolute power in America are inevitable.

    I recommend that all ilw.com readers who are interested in learning more about Trump-Hitler resemblance and its danger to our immigration system and our democracy look at an August 6 alternet.org article by Chauncy de Vega based on an interview with respected history professor Richard Frankel, an expert on Nazi Germany

    https://www.alternet.org/expert-nazi...people-will-do

    If Nolan would also like to share this article with his friends, he is welcome to.

    And, by the way, in everything I have ever written about Trump, I have made clear that Trump is NOT a Nazi, NOT a Hitler supporter, NOT anti-Jewish and NOT an advocate of mass extermination or genocide.

    If Nolan can find one single word or sentence to the contrary that I have ever written, let him point it out and share it with ilw.com readers.

    We also happen to live in a country where criticizing or disagreeing with the president is not against the law - not a crime.

    How much longer this will continue to be true is now in doubt - it could depend in large part on what happens in this November's election, which might be just as pivotal for America as the 1932 election was for Germany.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 08-06-2018 at 08:36 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    With the highest respect to Matt as a distinguished authority on immigration law and a highly regarded advocate for immigrant rights, Hillary Clinton is not the president of the United States (though she probably would be if we had a really democratic electoral system in which the person who gets the most votes actually wins, and if the Russians hadn't installed Trump - but that is beyond the scope of this discussion).

    My point is that Trump is the president. Immigration is his responsibility and his responsibility alone. What someone else did or might have done in his place is not the issue.

    And I have never called Trump a Nazi, a Nazi supporter, or an antisemite. I have always made clear that he is none of the above, though he has used some of the Nazis similar tactics and slogans - see below.

    I have often warned, however, that Trump is a threat to America's democracy in a way that no previous president has been in modern times (or perhaps at any time in our history - has any US other president referred to a free press as the "enemy of the people"? Not that I have ever heard - but Stalin and Mao Zedong both have, and Hitler called the media luegenpresse, which translates into English as "fake news").

    https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/the-...acks-1.5438960

    ).

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 08-02-2018 at 06:29 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. MKolken's Avatar
    And if Hillary had won would you be calling her a Nazi almost daily if she continued Obama's policies like Trump has, policies she previously endorsed as a candidate, and as a member of his administration?
  4. MKolken's Avatar
    Note that Dilley is where the child who died was jailed.
  5. MKolken's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    However, I have not seen any news reports indicating that President Obama was planning to extend their use, as Donald Trump is doing in what, again based on news reports, appears to be a stomach-churning quid pro quo for campaign cash payola from the industry.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    I have.

    August 14, 2016


    DILLEY, Tex. — As Central Americans surged across the U.S. border two years ago, the Obama administration skipped the standard public bidding process and agreed to a deal that offered generous terms to Corrections Corporation of America, the nation’s largest prison company, to build a massive detention facility for women and children seeking asylum.

    The four-year, $1 billion contract — details of which have not been previously disclosed — has been a boon for CCA, which, in an unusual arrangement, gets the money regardless of how many people are detained at the facility.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/busin...=.abffb874fda3August 14, 2016
    Updated 08-02-2018 at 12:48 PM by MKolken
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Sure looks like the "Trump-haters" are piling in on our poor, much maligned Leader- in Chief over his inhuman and barbaric child separation. First Melania, and now, Et Tu? Ivanka.

    Oy veh!

    Yes, Obama locked up immigrant children too. Coolidge signed the racist 1924 "Nordics-only" Immigration Act which Adolf Hitler had such kind words for in Mein Kampf and Trump's own AG, Jeff Sessions, praised nine decades later as a Senator writing in a January 2015 immigration "Handbook".

    Franklin Roosevelt wouldn't let (very many) Jewish refugees from the Nazis into America, even though his wife, Eleanor, actually did complain about that, to the best of my knowledge and understanding.

    Not a very high point in Franklin Roosevelt's legacy either.

    No, no one ever said that Trump was the only bad apple in charge of immigration.

    But he is the one who is running the show now. Calvin Coolidge is not. Franklin Roosevelt is not. Neither is Barack Obama.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 08-02-2018 at 02:12 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  7. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I have revised and clarified my above comment based on additional news reports which I cite. President Obama was not, according to these sources planning any cutbacks in DHS immigration prisons, and I have corrected my comment accordingly.

    However, I have not seen any news reports indicating that President Obama was planning to extend their use, as Donald Trump is doing in what, again based on news reports, appears to be a stomach-churning quid pro quo for campaign cash payola from the industry.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 08-02-2018 at 11:30 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  8. MKolken's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    I have provided a link above to the media report which says that President Obama's administration was at least moving in the direction of cutting back on the use of private immigration prisons and of exercising some oversight oversight over them.
    I have first hand professional experience that says that media report is completely inaccurate.

    Do you have any hands on professional experience representing refugee children held in deportation internment camps?
  9. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I have provided a link above to the media report which says that President Obama's administration was at least moving in the direction of cutting back on the use of private immigration prisons and of exercising some oversight oversight over them.

    Also NPR reported on February 23, 2017, when Donald Trump had been in office for only about a month, that AG Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama administration order directing the DOJ to reduce the use of private prisons

    https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-...rescinds-order

    This would indicate that, far from following President Obama's policies in this respect, Donald Trump lost no time in trying to reverse them.

    Admittedly, the rescinded Obama era order directing cutbacks in the use of private prisons did not apply to DHS facilities, where most immigrants are incarcerated, and to that extent, Matt's point about the similarities between the two administrations is well taken.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...ice-department

    But I have not seen any news reports indicating that President Obama was planning a big increase in the use of private immigration prisons, as Doland Trump has been doing, while huge amounts of money flow from that industry into his own campaign coffers

    Does this mean that the Democrats have always had entirely clean hands in this area? Obviously it does not, and I am not making any such claim.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 08-02-2018 at 11:17 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  10. MKolken's Avatar
  11. MKolken's Avatar
    " it is a matter o record that President Obama's administration at least tried to put some brakes on the private immigration detention system by establishing an oversight mechanism and making plans to phase out the use of private prisons. "

    This is false.
  12. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    An August 1 report from ThinkProgress, an immigrant advocacy group, states that details on this fatality, and whether or not it was detention related, are not yet available. It is also not known whether the toddler had been separated from his family under Trump's "zero tolerance" policy or not.

    However, the same report says that the facility, Dilley detention center, which is operated by a private prison company, is the largest ICE detention facility, with the capacity to hold up to 2,400 women and children.

    The report also says that, beginning in 2015, there have been a number of complaints of neglect or mistreatment at this immigration prison, which an ACLU attorney has described as an "internment camp".


    https://thinkprogress.org/toddler-di...-863fcd5e357e/

    Without in any way trying to downplay, overlook or excuse the numerous allegations of horrific abuse against immigrant detainees, including children, under the Obama administration
    , it is a matter o record that President Obama's administration at least tried to put some brakes on the private immigration detention system by establishing an oversight mechanism and making plans to phase out the use of private prisons.

    This contrasts with the sickening corruption and profiteering connected with Trump's expansion of the abusive private immigration prison system. See: NPR.

    Big Money as Private Immigrant Jails Boom

    https://www.npr.org/2017/11/21/56531...ant-jails-boom

    I will leave it to ilw.com readers to guess which president is reportedly receiving major campaign contributions from this industry.

    https://www.citizensforethics.org/following-super-pac-support-private-prison-company-wins-trump-admin-contract/



    The private immigration prison company. GEO, held a festive bash last October at one of Trump's resorts to celebrate receiving a big contract from the Trump regime.

    Readers who are able to control the nausea they are likely to feel in the pit of their stomachs are welcome to read further details in the Denver Post's report:

    With business booming under Trump, private prison giant gathers at president's resort


    https://www.denverpost.com/2017/10/2...-trump-resort/

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 08-02-2018 at 07:26 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  13. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Roger, you make baseless allegations of constitutional violations without showing any indication that you even know the procedure that has to be followed for denaturalization.

    I expect my friend, Eli Rosenbaum, who was the head of DOJ's Nazi hunters, to be very offended when he reads your comparisons of Trump and Sessions to Hitler.

    When the Nazi war criminals were gone, they transferred him to the office that prosecutes hate crimes. I am going to send him some of your hate filled blogs that verbally assault the president of the United States and the Attorney General to see if what you are doing constitutes a hate crime.

    Nolan Rappaport
    Updated 07-06-2018 at 04:52 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  14. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    And, with due respect to those who object to any comparison between Trump and Hitler, since Trump obviously opposes both mass extermination and antisemitism, does this attempt to denaturalize and deport perhaps thousands of non-white US citizens based on what will almost certainly turn out to be mainly technical defects in citizenship applications filed long ago, not remind anyone of the Nazi Nuremberg laws which took German citizenship away from the Jews?

    If the Republican-controlled Congress had even the slightest guts, it would stop this latest move by the Trump regime dead in its tracks.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 08-06-2018 at 05:03 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  15. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Might not this be the first step toward redefining the 14th Amendment and revoking the citizenship of, and deporting, tens of millions of Latino and other non-white Americans to whom, this regime might argue (and an extreme right wing Trump-dominated Supreme Court might agree), US citizenship should never have been granted in the first place because birthright citizenship was, according to their theory, being interpreted too broadly?

    Anyone who thinks that this might not be on Trump's agenda could be deluding himself or herself.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 08-06-2018 at 05:02 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  16. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    Is this because FGM is really such a serious problem in the US, or is it part of a campaign by the Trump regime to stigmatize and vilify African and other non-European immigrants as vicious and inhuman mutilators of women in the same way that Trump is trying to depict all Latino immigrants as MS-13 gang members and all citizens of Muslim countries as terrorists?

    This is not to say that measures to prevent FGM from happening in the US should not be employed. But what is the real motivation in this instance?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Yes, FGM is a serious problem in the US. See may article, "Female genital mutilation is a crime in the US so why is it rarely prosecuted?" at http://thehill.com/opinion/immigrati...y-is-it-rarely


    Nolan Rappaport
  17. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Is this because FGM is really such a serious problem in the US, or is it part of a campaign by the Trump regime to stigmatize and vilify African and other non-European immigrants as vicious and inhuman mutilators of women in the same way that Trump is trying to depict all Latino immigrants as MS-13 gang members and all citizens of Muslim countries as terrorists?

    This is not to say that measures to prevent FGM from happening in the US should not be employed. But what is the real motivation in this instance?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  18. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Welcome to Donald Trump's fascist America.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  19. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    Of course, this a wonderful oped and it is great that The Guardian published it. Congratulations to Matt!

    Just one point, out of curiosity. According to all the reports if have seen, some 2,000 children, some as young as babies, have been torn away from their parents by the Trump administration in just the last month or so alone. My understanding is that the Obama administration showed the same kind of heartless cruelty to less than 700 children total during its entire 8 years in existence,

    Trump's figure comes to around children 500 a month separated so far since he adopted his inhuman "zero tolerance" policy, using these very rough figures.

    Obama's figure would average about 7 children a month being separated. That is 7 children per month too many, to be sure.

    And this is assuming Obama was responsible for all of these separated children. As I understand it, a few of these separations took place under G.W. Bush.

    Isn't 500 a much bigger number than 7? Don't we have a hugely bigger and more terrible problem now?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Roger seems to be determined to put a terrible spin on everything Trump does. While I agree that Trump should not have separated 2,000 children from their parents, Roger's statistical analysis of that situation is extremely misleading.

    Sessions announced the policy on April 6, 2018, which wasn't even two months ago. Two thousand children were caught up in it because it was unexpected. Unless we assume that aliens coming here illegally are really, really stupid, knowledge of what just happened will have a deterrent effect, i.e., we will see far fewer asylum seekers entering without inspection in the future.

    The reality of this situation that Roger isn't going to acknowledge is that genuine asylum seekers don't have to sneak across the border. They can present themselves at a port of entry for a credible fear determination. They might have to wait in Mexico until CBP can process them, but they won't be in detention and their kids won't be taken away from them.

    That should be greatly preferable to exposing your children to the perils of an illegal crossing.

    Nolan Rappaport
  20. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Of course, this a wonderful oped and it is great that The Guardian published it. Congratulations to Matt!

    Just one point, out of curiosity. According to all the reports if have seen, some 2,000 children, some as young as babies, have been torn away from their parents by the Trump administration in just the last month or so alone. My understanding is that the Obama administration showed the same kind of heartless cruelty to less than 700 children total during its entire 8 years in existence,

    Trump's figure comes to around children 500 a month separated so far since he adopted his inhuman "zero tolerance" policy, using these very rough figures.

    Obama's figure would average about 7 children a month being separated. That is 7 children per month too many, to be sure.

    And this is assuming Obama was responsible for all of these separated children. As I understand it, a few of these separations took place under G.W. Bush.

    Isn't 500 a much bigger number than 7? Don't we have a hugely bigger and more terrible problem now?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 06-20-2018 at 10:41 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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