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  1. Trump's "Breeding" Tweet Dehumanizes Immigrants, Echoing White Supremacists and Nazis. But DHS Chief Won't Criticize Her Boss. Roger Algase

    The following is a revised version, as of 9:56 am on April 22, of my comment which was originally posted on April 21.

    On April 18, Donald Trump issued a tweet which not only hit a new low point in his racial attacks on immigrants but contained disturbing echoes of Nazi anti-Jewish propaganda as well as "American as apple pie" style white supremacy. The tweet, as has been widely reported, was as follows:

    "There is a revolution going on in California Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous crime infested & breeding concept. Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the border, but the people of the State are not happy. Want Security and Safety now."

    As in the case of many of Trump's other exercises in anti-immigrant demonization, the word "breeding" in this tweet appears to be ambiguous. It could refer, as the White House later claimed, only to "breeding" crime.

    But there is a darker and more ominous reference, namely to the of Mexican and other dark-skinned immigrants breeding too many children and thereby threatening America's white majority..

    According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and CNN, this is exactly the charge that Dan Stein, the head of one of today's most active and best known anti-immigrant groups, FAIR (Federation for Immigration Reform) made when he accused immigrants of "competitive breeding" in a 1997 WSJ interview, among the many other statements he has been reported as making accusing immigrants of undermining white "civilization" in America: See



    Stein is far from the only immigration opponent in America today using dehumanizing ways of referring to immigrants. Dana Milbank, in an April 20 Washington Post article, quotes two present Republican Congressmen, Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and Steve King (R-Iowa) as also making remarks comparing immigrants to animals. See:

    Is it a coincidence that Trump uses the language of white supremacy?

    (I do not have a working link to this article - please use Google to access.)

    Even more ominously, Milbank also mentions the following example of Nazi propaganda against the Jews. whom the Nazis described as"

    "... the product of the inbreeding of asocial, criminal, degenerate and rejected elements..."

    While Trump of course does not support antisemitism or genocide in any form, any statement implying that Hispanic or any other groups of non-white immigrants are "breeding", with all of that word's connotations of animal reproduction, should be taken with a great deal of concern.

    If Trump does not look at a particular group of immigrants as fully human, what kind of immigration policies can we expect from his administration? Without undue cynicism, one could answer that we might expect an anti-immigrant agenda very similar to the one which the Trump administration is now pursuing in order to reduce the number of nonwhite immigrants of every category - including legal as well as unauthorized immigration.

    There is, however, one context in which the term "breeding" had a positive connotation for the Nazis, namely in the "Lebensborn" program which was designed to "breed" "racially superior" children. Ironically, the biggest Nazi Lebensborn birth center was located in German-occupied Norway.

    There is no reason, of course, to think that Trump was aware of this when he made his infamous January 11 statement that he wanted America's immigrants to come from "Countries like Norway" instead of from what he called the "shithole countries" of Africa, Central American and the Caribbean.

    It is, however, disappointing to say the least, that Trump's DHS chief, Kirstjen Nielsen, whose name happens to suggests Norwegian ancestry, reportedly tried to convince a Senate committee at her conformation hearing that she did not know that Norway was mainly a white country!

    Nielsen also pointedly refused to speak out against Trump's latest "breeding" slur against immigrants who, we can be quite sure, are not from "Countries like Norway."

    How sensitive to the basic human and constitutional rights of non-white immigrants, both can we expect DHS policies to be under Nielsen's stewardship in Donald Trump's America?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 04-22-2018 at 02:22 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs


    by , 04-20-2018 at 09:35 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin guru, Charlie Oppenheim, hosts monthly meetings with the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Charlie Oppenheim is the Department of State’s Chief of the Control and Reporting Division. He is the officer who is responsible for producing the Visa Bulletin each month.

    This month’s Check In With Charlie featured predictions about EB2 and EB3, which are the most popular categories for readers of this Blog. Here are some of this month’s highlights:

    Categories in which final action dates will remain the same include-
    EB-1 China and India;
    EB-2 India;
    EB-3 China and Philippines;
    EB-4 El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, and
    EB-5 China.

    Categories with modest advancements-
    EB-2 China will move forward one month to September 1, 2014;
    EB-3 India will advance three months to May 1, 2008;
    EB-3 Other Workers China and India will advance one and three months respectively, to May 1, 2007 and May 1, 2008; and
    EB-4 Mexico will advance roughly five weeks to October 22, 2016.

    It is likely that most employment-based final action dates will hold at their May dates for the month of June with some changes possible in July. What occurs is entirely dependent on demand that may materialize, and continuing consultations with USCIS. The wildcard this year that could cause unanticipated fluctuations in the final action dates is the pace of USCIS field office processing of I-485s.

    Please read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at and You can also visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinknedIn.
  3. Trump's "Extreme Vetting" and Surveillance of Immigrants for Political Views are Bringing America Even Closer to Fascist Dictatorship. Roger Algase

    Again, I will begin this comment with an explanation to a few of my highly respected and well meaning friends who have been asking me why so many of my observations about immigration are focused on Donald Trump. Obviously, Trump does not personally write every USCIS guidance memo, adjudicate every petition or decide every Immigration Court case.

    In my experience at least, many, if not the great majority of immigration officials (in my practice, chiefly USCIS petition adjudicators) are still doing their jobs fairly and objectively (i.e. issuing approval notices!), without any noticeable interference from the top.

    To be sure, America is not yet at the stage of countries such as Russia, North Korea, or Hungary (whose right wing government - much admired by some of Trump's white nationalist supporters - is destroying democracy even as it builds a wall against African and Middle Eastern immigrants and engages in a nationwide propaganda campaign against a well-known Jewish financier, George Soros).

    But, just as no serious observer could get very far in writing about any aspect of government in the above three countries without mentioning Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, or Viktor Orban, it is becoming increasingly difficult to write about any aspect of administration or policy in America today without mentioning America's president.

    This certainly applies to immigration policy as much as, if not even more than any other issue, given the prominence that Trump has given to this area of governance both as a candidate and as the nation's chief executive - and the fact that immigration law is the province of the federal government in any administration.

    Moreover, many of the attempts to limit the rights of immigrants in Donald Trump's America constitute a clear and present danger to the most basic democratic rights of American citizens as well - including the right to free speech.

    In an April 20 piece in The Guardian, Carrie DeCell, a staff attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute, writes about the highly dangerous and disturbing surveillance that the Trump administration is conducting over the social media, cell phone messages and other communications of visa applicants from around the world, and the denial of visas or entry to people who have or might have views which are opposed to Trump's views on various issues.

    The above article lists a number of recent incidents where civil rights (or in one case a trans rights) activists, especially those with Muslim names (though coming from countries not on the Muslim country banned list) were denied visas or turned back upon entry for unexplained reasons.

    Harassment at points of entry to the US has not been limited to foreign citizens. DeCell writes:

    "American activists, too, have confronted increased government scrutiny at the border. Also this month, border agents interrogated the journalist and civil rights advocate Shaun King upon his return from a family trip to Cairo. Along with his exhausted wife and children, King fielded questions about his reasons for traveling to Egypt and his role in the Black Lives Matter movement. King reported that the officer who questioned him had 'clearly been reading my tweets and knew all about me.'"

    The same article also mentions instances of non-citizen activists in the US who have been detained or threatened with deportation for speaking out against Trump's immigration policies. It continues:

    "These recent
    incidents are part of a broader government scheme to wield immigration authority to since activists both within and beyond US borders. CBP and ICE agents conduct suspicionless searches of travelers' electronic devices - including their text messages, emails, social media posts and photographs - when they cross the US border. Under the rubric of 'extreme vetting', the administration now plans to require immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants to surrender their social media handles, including pseudonyms and aliases, in connection with their applications."

    The article concludes:

    "These extreme vetting measures threaten to chill the expressive and associative activities of any individual who may seek to enter or remain in the United States...

    Just as the travel ban effectively excludes individuals from this country on the basis of their religion, extreme vetting explicitly excludes individuals from this country on the basis of their statements and beliefs."

    In effect, immigration and visa officials are becoming something similar to an American thought police. There is a word for this. It is known as "fascism".

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 04-21-2018 at 01:26 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  4. ICE arrests 33 with history of human rights violation across the US during Operation No Safe Haven IV

    by , 04-19-2018 at 05:50 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    For Immediate Release
    For media inquiries about ICE activities, operations, or policies, contact the ICE Office of Public Affairs at (202) 732-4242.

    ICE arrests 33 with history of human rights violation across the US during Operation No Safe Haven IV

    • Photos and b-roll available here

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested 33 fugitives sought for their roles in known or suspected human rights violations during a nationwide operation this week.

    During the three-day operation that concluded Wednesday, the ICE National Fugitive Operations Program in coordination with the ICE Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center and the ICE National Criminal Analysis and Targeting Center (NCATC), arrested these fugitives via the ICE field offices of Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; New Orleans; New York City; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Seattle; San Francisco; and St. Paul, Minnesota.

    The foreign nationals arrested during this operation all have outstanding removal orders and are subject to repatriation to their countries of origin. Of the 33 known or suspected human rights violators arrested during Operation No Safe Haven IV, eight individuals are also criminal aliens with convictions for crimes including, but not limited to battery, weapons offenses, driving while intoxicated, and resisting arrest. This operation surpassed the number of known or suspected human rights violators arrested during the first nationwide No Safe Haven operation, which took place in September 2014.

    “This operation continues ICE’s work to ensure that the United States does not serve as a safe haven for those who commit human rights violations in their countries of origin,” said Thomas D. Homan, Deputy Director of ICE. “We will continue to pursue these individuals as priorities for enforcement— using our agency’s unique authorities to investigate criminal activity and to enforce immigration laws.”

    Those arrested across the country included:

    • Four Chinese individuals—some of whom were hospital employees—who assisted in or directly conducted forced abortions and sterilizations upon victims in China;
    • A former intelligence officer who surveilled and arrested dozens of targets subsequently tortured in Central America;
    • A soldier in Central America who guided the military to a specific village for the purpose of killing its residents;
    • A ranking intelligence officer from the Middle East whose surveillance information led to the arrest, torture, and murder of those his unit targeted;
    • A group leader in East Africa who used violence to force victims into Female Genital Mutilation.

    ICE is committed to rooting out known or suspected human rights violators who seek a safe haven in the United States. ICE's Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center investigates human rights violators who try to evade justice by seeking shelter in the United States, including those who are known or suspected to have participated in persecution, war crimes, genocide, torture, extrajudicial killings, and the use or recruitment of child soldiers. These individuals may use fraudulent identities or falsified records to enter the country and attempt to blend into communities in the United States.
    Members of the public who have information about foreign nationals suspected of engaging in human rights abuses or war crimes are urged to contact ICE by calling the toll-free ICE tip line at 1-866-347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. They can also email or complete ICE’s online tip form.

    The HRVWCC was established in 2009 to further ICE’s efforts to identify, locate and prosecute human rights abusers in the United States, including those who are known or suspected to have participated in persecution, war crimes, genocide, torture, extrajudicial killings, female genital mutilation and the use or recruitment of child soldiers. The HRVWCC leverages the expertise of a select group of agents, lawyers, intelligence and research specialists, historians and analysts who direct the agency’s broader enforcement efforts against these offenders.

    Since 2003, ICE has arrested more than 395 individuals for human rights-related violations of the law under various criminal and/or immigration statutes. During that same period, ICE obtained deportation orders against and physically removed 835 known or suspected human rights violators from the United States. Additionally, ICE has facilitated the departure of an additional 112 such individuals from the United States.

    Currently, HSI has more than 130 active investigations into suspected human rights violators and is pursuing more than 1,750 leads and removals cases involving suspected human rights violators from 95 different countries. Since 2003, the HRVWCC has issued more than 74,000 lookouts for individuals from more than 110 countries and stopped over 234 human rights violators and war crimes suspects from entering the U.S.

    The NCATC provided critical investigative support for this operation, including criminal and intelligence analysis from a variety of sources. The NCATC provides comprehensive analytical support to aid the at-large enforcement efforts of all ICE components.

    ICE credits the success of this operation to the combined efforts of the U.S. National Central Bureau-Interpol Washington, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

    Updated 04-19-2018 at 05:55 PM by MKolken

  5. ABA President Calls for Restructuring of Immigration Courts to Increase Independence

    by , 04-19-2018 at 09:07 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    Via The ABA Journal:

    ABA President Hilarie Bass called for an overhaul of the immigration court system in testimony Wednesday afternoon before a Senate subcommittee.

    ‘”We believe fundamental change is needed,” Bass said in her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration.

    Bass outlined the ABA proposal in a prepared statement submitted to the subcommittee. In the statement, Bass said immigration courts should be restructured as independent Article I courts, and immigrants should be given increased access to counsel and legal information. An ABA press release has a summary.

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