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  1. Trump's Racist Road to One-Man Rule: Abolish Immigration Courts; Send "Invaders" Back Without Hearings, Due Process or Protection of Law. Roger Algase

    This comment has been slightly revised and updated as of June 25 at 2:03 pm.

    Donald Trump made clear in a June 24 tweet that his open antagonism toward Latino and other non-white immigrants has reached the point where he wants to overthrow the rule of law entirely, when the rights of immigrants are concerned. This could be the beginning of the end of democracy as we know it in America.

    The Guardian reports that Trump, in his tweet, referred to immigrants (whom he accused of "infesting" America only a few days ago) as "these people" who "invade our country" in the classic language of far right anti-immigrant vilification. He also said that he wants all unauthorized immigrants deported without any hearing or judicial process at all. This goes against everything America stands for and strikes at the heart of our democracy.

    The Guardian's report is available at:

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...tion-dhs-texas

    The Chicago Tribune reports the exact text of Trump's tweet as follows:

    "We cannot allow all these people to invade our Country. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came."

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/n...624-story.html

    Admittedly, this is somewhat tortured English, but it is obvious that Trump means that he wants to send unauthorized immigrants back where they came from without any judicial process whatsoever. To be sure, US law already provides for expedited removal without a judicial hearing in many cases, but this tweet indicates a desire to abolish the legal process in removal cases entirely.

    This is quite a remarkable statement from a chief executive who is sworn to uphold the laws and constitution of the United States.

    There may have been a time when comparing Trump's attacks on brown-skinned immigrants who are not from "Countries Like Norway" as a means to seize absolute power to Hitler's attacks on the Jews for the same purpose may have struck many people as extreme and beyond the bounds of legitimate comment.

    After all, Trump does not advocate or support genocide or mass murder, and he is not in the least anti-Jewish. But as time goes on, with each passing tweet, rally and other expression of venom and vituperation against non-white immigrants, and with each new attack on the rule of law in America, it becomes more and more difficult to ignore the alarming parallels between the way that Trump is using anti-immigrant prejudice to overthrow democracy and the rule of law in America, and the way Hitler used hatred against the Jews to destroy democracy and take absolute power in Germany.

    See, 11/16/2017The Independent (UK):

    Donald Trump's attempt to control the US Justice System is alarmingly similar to Hitler's strategy in Nazi Germany.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/voices...-a8059031.html

    And for another perceptive, very much on-point comment about Trump's relentless drive toward absolute power, see Heather Digby Parton on alternet.org: (June 25)

    Donald Trump's Authoritarian Power-Grab: Due Process is For Wimps

    https://www.alternet.org/donald-trum...-process-wimps

    Yes, its all about immigrants. But it's not only about immigrants. It's about Americans too.

    Anyone who thinks that Trump's attempts to deprive brown, non-European immigrants of all legal rights will not ultimately lead to the extinction of freedom and democracy for American citizens as well is engaging in self-delusion.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    algaselex@gmail.com

    Updated 06-25-2018 at 01:05 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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