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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    While the following may admittedly not be directly related to Nolan's above article, which deals with immigration enforcement rather than legal immigration, what can only be called the pathological hatred that Trump has shown toward illegal non-white immigrants as both candidate and president was also evident yet again in his demagogic, utterly false and despicable attacks on more than a million immigrants who have come to the US legally under the Diversity Visa program, many of whom have been naturalized and are therefore Americans just as much as Trump himself. See my December 15 ilw.com comment

    http://blogs.ilw.com/entry.php?10287

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    People responding to comments on this site are free to make up any of their own facts or assert any unsupported claims that they wish to. Bring it on!

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I have skimmed through the report that Matt mentions, and even based on just a quick glance, it alleges some horrendous abuses against immigration detainees by ICE officers that cannot help but recall things that went on in Nazi concentration camps - such as putting one detainee in prolonged lock down for the "offense" of sharing coffee with another detainee.

    If that is the way immigration detainees are being treated now, it can't be long before open torture, which Trump has expressed such a great fondness for, comes into style in these prisons, just as it was used against black prisoners in the South in the segregation era.

    To blame these abuses on Obama is misplaced; this report is not primarily about about abuses which took place in the past (though there was now excuse for those either), but about ones which are taking place now, under another president who has a different name from Barack Obama.

    Having said the above, it is impressive and encouraging to see John Kelly's name on the report as one of the people transmitting it. That could certainly be an indication that this administration recognizes that there is a problem and is trying to do something about it - a hopeful sign to be sure.

    Maybe it would be better if Kelly decides not to tell Trump about this report - the president might decide in his next tweet that it is only "fake news" and fire everyone responsible - for the report, that is, not the abuses.

    Or maybe not - let's hope not.

    But either way, this is not Obama's problem now - it is Donald J. Trump's.

    Given the almost pathological hostility that Trump has shown toward all non-white immigrants as both president and candidate, will he really do anything to stop the open cruelty and abuses against detainees described in this damning report by his own administration?

    In what is only the latest example of the president's delusional and maliciously false comments about non-white immigrants, witness his latest, utterly despicable attack on more than a million people from all over the world who have immigrated to the US legally under the Diversity Visa program, and many of whom are now naturalized US citizens and therefore the president's fellow Americans.

    See my comment originally posted in ilw.com on December 15.

    http://blogs.ilw.com/entry.php?10287

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 12-16-2017 at 08:50 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MKolken
    Ironically, it is the current administration that is taking the complaints seriously, when the previous administration did nothing despite having full knowledge of the problem: A Broken, Dangerous System - The New York Times
    I am glad that someone is looking at this objectively. Trump inherited the current detention system from the previous administration.
    Let's wait to see what he does to deal with this problem before blaming him for it.

    I couldn't read the New York Times article you cited. You can only see a few a month if you aren't a subscriber.

    Nolan Rappaport
    Updated 12-15-2017 at 07:59 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  5. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I am not making any excuses for the many, and serious, detention abuses under the previous administration or administrations. I am only pointing out who owns the system now, and who appears to be trying to expand the system to include more detainees than ever before by targeting people for deportation who were (at least officially) low priority under the previous administration.

    See Kathryn Johnson's shocking December 15 article in The Hill about the expansion of private immigration detention facilities by the Trump administration to benefit wealthy campaign donors:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-bl...-jails-planned

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 12-15-2017 at 12:34 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  6. MKolken's Avatar
    Ironically, it is the current administration that is taking the complaints seriously, when the previous administration did nothing despite having full knowledge of the problem: A Broken, Dangerous System - The New York Times

  7. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    No one is claiming that the movement toward Gulag-like conditions at America's immigration detention centers began with the current occupant of the White House. Clearly, it did not.

    But this current White House occupant is now the person who owns this increasingly dark and ominous system, which is coming more and more to resemble the incarceration systems used by some of the dictators whom our present chief executive admires so much against their own citizens.

    How long will it be before millions of Americans who are opposed to the immigration or other policies of our 45th president also become occupants of the developing Gulag system (a/k/a/ private detention centers) which now houses immigrants?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 12-15-2017 at 11:29 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  8. MKolken's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    And Roger''s anti-Trump accusations are going strong too. Not every day, but has there been an entire week when he hasn't made Trump accusations?

    Nolan Rappaport
    Highly doubtful.
  9. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    For those who do not want to look at the wider implications of Trump's deportation agenda, but prefer to consider it strictly in isolation from other issues, a good place to start is with a look and the historical background of Trump's deportation policies, going all the way back to the late 19th Century Chinese exclusion laws.

    One of the best introductions to this historical background appears in a February 26 article by Kelly Lytle Hernandez, an Associate Professor of History and African-American Studies at UCLA entitled:

    America's mass deportation system is rooted in racism

    https://theconversation.com/americas...n-racism-73426

    I will be discussing this article in more detail in my own forthcoming blog comment. Anyone who is concerned with the functioning of America's deportation system today can gain valuable insights by reading this article.

    This article shows that there is a direct line from America's policy of barring, first Asian and then Jewish and other Eastern European immigrants, on racial grounds in the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries; and Donald Trump's policy of deporting as many Mexican and other Latin American, Asian and black immigrants as logistics will allow, while barring immigrants from as many Muslim countries as the federal courts will let him get away with, today.

    With all due respect to Nolan, who argues that this is not the right place for a discussion of the larger context within which Trump's expanded deportation policies are being carried out, it is also worth pointing out that the open and unabashed racism of America's immigration system during the period from the 1890's to the 1930's coincided with "Gilded Age" economic policies favoring the super-wealthy white elite at the expense of the well-being of all other Americans - policies which led to the Great Depression.

    The Trump administration is not only attempting to return to the bigoted days of whites only immigration by attempting to deport 11 million or more non-white immigrants (however long that may take), but is also attempting to change the legal immigration system to favor mainly white European countries though the RAISE Act and other measures, including proposals to abolish the Diversity Visa and vastly reduce family immigration and less skilled immigration (for immigrants who don't happen to work at Trump's own resorts, that is); and- also - through his "Hire American" executive order - to cut back on primarily Asian skilled immigration such as H-1B.

    Trump is also returning to Gilded Age economic policies, which in view of the above history, is not coincidental, but something which goes hand in hand with his attempts to bring back a white supremacist immigration system and remove millions of non-white immigrants from America.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 12-15-2017 at 09:58 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  10. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    I gather that Nolan evidently disagrees with my point that Trump's immigration "enforcement" agenda is just one part of a larger social and economic policy agenda which hurts millions of Americans just as much as, or even more than, it hurts the brown skinned immigrants who are its principal targets. Nolan is entitled to express his views, as I am to express mine.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    I didn't write an article about his "larger social and economic policy agenda." It's about the failure of his immigration enforcement program.

    Nolan Rappaport
  11. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I gather that Nolan evidently disagrees with my point that Trump's immigration "enforcement" agenda is just one part of a larger social and economic policy agenda which hurts millions of Americans just as much as, or even more than, it hurts the brown skinned immigrants who are its principal targets. Nolan is entitled to express his views, as I am to express mine.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  12. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Roger says, "Nolan thinks this has nothing to do with his article. To the contrary, the consequences of Trump's promise to ramp up deportations (whether Trump is ultimately able to fulfill these promises or not) have everything to do with Nolan's article."

    My article is not about the consequences of Trump's campaign promises, a subject I am sick of hearing about. It's about the failure of his immigration enforcement program. As I indicated in my previous comment, it is very interesting that Roger isn't pleased by this development. My explanation is that his Trump hatred has blinded Roger to everything but his obsessive, extreme criticisms of Trump.

    I say, Trump's enforcement program is failing; Roger responds that Trump's economic agenda is destroying America. If it turns out that Trump's economic agenda is failing and I write an article about it, Roger will respond with an accusation on some other topic.

    Nolan Rappaport
  13. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    As my above comment makes clear, Trump's promises to "crack down" on "illegal immigrants" and his campaign of exploiting racial hatreds by demonizing primarily Mexican unauthorized immigrants as "criminals" and "rapists", and all Muslim immigrants as "terrorists", played a crucial role in putting him in the White House.

    Who is now paying the price for following Trump's Pied Piper tune of scapegoating immigrants for all of America's problems and promising to deport as many immigrants as possible as quickly as possible?

    The American people are paying the price, in terms of very likely economic hardship and devastation for millions of seniors, young people and ordinary working people of every demographic background.

    And all Americans are paying the price in the increased danger of losing our democracy, as Giroux's above article explains.

    Nolan thinks this has nothing to do with his article. To the contrary, the consequences of Trump's promise to ramp up deportations (whether Trump is ultimately able to fulfill these promises or not) have everything to do with Nolan's article.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 12-14-2017 at 12:22 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  14. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    America is facing a much bigger problem than the alleged "failure" to kick out millions of non-criminal, mainly Latino, black and Asian "illegal aliens" and break up their families, including millions of American citizens, as quickly as immigration opponents would wish.

    The bigger problem is that millions of middle class and working class white voters, taken in by Trump's false populist anti-immigrant rhetoric during his campaign, elected a president who, together with Congressional leaders in his party, is ramming though tax and budget policies favoring the same super-rich elite which Trump campaigned against as a candidate and which will ultimately devastate the economic well being of millions of Americans who voted for Trump by destroying Social Security, Medicare and the rest of the New Deal social safety net.

    The Trump/GOP agenda will also destroy the economic well being of millions of average American working people by gutting union rights, environmental and work safety regulations, minimum wage and equal wage protections.
    This is especially cynical in the light of Trump's support for the RAISE Act, which would vastly reduce non-European immigration, on the pretext that it would help American workers.

    Political analyst Henry Giroux, who is an expert on the history of fascism, writes about how Trump's blending of an anti-immigrant agenda with economic policies favoring the same corporate elite that he claimed to oppose as a candidate, are having an especially destructive effect on America's young people and moving this country in the direction of a fascist dictatorship.

    Ordinary Americans of all races, creeds, colors and backgrounds, including millions of people in Trump's white voter base, are beginning to pay a very heavy price for being taken in by Trump's anti-immigrant siren song.

    Giroux's December 13 article: Fascism's return and Trump's war on youth is at:

    https://theconversation.com/fascisms...on-youth-88867

    Which will benefit the American people more? Spending more resources and energy on rounding up, incarcerating and ultimately deporting millions of peaceful non-white immigrants, many of whom pay taxes, own businesses which provide jobs or essential services to Americans, or work in jobs which Americans don't want; or preserving the economic well-being of middle and working class Americans which is now being threatened by the economic agenda of Trump and his party that would ruin the economic lives of millions of ordinary Americans to put more money in the pockets of billionaire campaign donors and powerful corporations?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law


    What does this have to do with my article? It's interesting that Roger reads an article about Trump failing to implement his immigration enforcement program, and his reaction is to complain about Trump's economic agenda. Isn't it?

    Nolan Rappaport
  15. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    America is facing a much bigger problem than the alleged "failure" to kick out millions of non-criminal, mainly Latino, black and Asian "illegal aliens" and break up their families, including millions of American citizens, as quickly as immigration opponents would wish.

    The bigger problem is that millions of middle class and working class white voters, taken in by Trump's false populist anti-immigrant rhetoric during his campaign, elected a president who, together with Congressional leaders in his party, is ramming though tax and budget policies favoring the same super-rich elite which Trump campaigned against as a candidate and which will ultimately devastate the economic well being of millions of Americans who voted for Trump by destroying Social Security, Medicare and the rest of the New Deal social safety net.

    The Trump/GOP agenda will also destroy the economic well being of millions of average American working people by gutting union rights, environmental and work safety regulations, minimum wage and equal wage protections.
    This is especially cynical in the light of Trump's support for the RAISE Act, which would vastly reduce non-European immigration, on the pretext that it would help American workers.

    Political analyst Henry Giroux, who is an expert on the history of fascism, writes about how Trump's blending of an anti-immigrant agenda with economic policies favoring the same corporate elite that he claimed to oppose as a candidate, are having an especially destructive effect on America's young people and moving this country in the direction of a fascist dictatorship.

    Ordinary Americans of all races, creeds, colors and backgrounds, including millions of people in Trump's white voter base, are beginning to pay a very heavy price for being taken in by Trump's anti-immigrant siren song.

    Giroux's December 13 article: Fascism's return and Trump's war on youth is at:

    https://theconversation.com/fascisms...on-youth-88867

    Which will benefit the American people more? Spending more resources and energy on rounding up, incarcerating and ultimately deporting millions of peaceful non-white immigrants, many of whom pay taxes, own businesses which provide jobs or essential services to Americans, or work in jobs which Americans don't want; or preserving the economic well-being of middle and working class Americans which is now being threatened by the economic agenda of Trump and his party that would ruin the economic lives of millions of ordinary Americans to put more money in the pockets of billionaire campaign donors and powerful corporations?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law


    Updated 12-14-2017 at 10:56 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  16. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Trump is the one who is in effect begging for people who believe in our constitution, in racial equality and in democracy to condemn him, as USA Today has just done in an editorial which, according to the headlines I have seen, says that Trump is not fit to clean the White House toilets.

    No one would be able to point to anything that I have ever written to that effect, or close to it.

    But how can anyone who cares about racial equality, democracy or the Constitution hold back from condemning Trump over his support for Roy Moore, who openly praised the time of slavery and called for abolishing the constitutional protection against slavery and the amendments guaranteeing equal protection of the law, freedom of religion, due process of law and the vote for women, among other things? See:

    http://www.newsweek.com/roy-moore-ca...1-truth-743800

    If Trump does not share these obnoxious views himself, why did he support someone who does have these views?

    We are not just talking about whether immigrants from this or that country, religion or skin color should be allowed to come to or stay in the United States; we are talking about the basic rights of all Americans and about what kind of country we will have in the future.

    See my comments about the Alabama election at

    http://blogs.ilw.com/entry.php?10277

    I will say one good thing about Trump and the Alabama election, however. He should be commended for his gracious reaction in congratulating Moore's opponent, Democrat Doug Jones, who is by all accounts a very decent man who prosecuted KKK members for one of their killings some years ago, on winning the election.

    Trump has reportedly invited Doug Jones to meet him at the White House.

    That is the way America is supposed to work.

    Roger Algase
    Updated 12-14-2017 at 02:05 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  17. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    And Roger''s anti-Trump accusations are going strong too. Not every day, but has there been an entire week when he hasn't made Trump accusations?

    Nolan Rappaport
    Updated 12-13-2017 at 08:07 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  18. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Muslim admissions may be way down, but hate crimes against Muslims are reportedly way up under Dear Donald's Leadership.

    Roger Algase
    Updated 12-14-2017 at 01:30 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  19. JDzubow's Avatar
    My dear Noah, your ignorance of my motivations are matched only by your ignorance of our immigration laws.
  20. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    This is no doubt what Dershowitz believes. With all due respect to the professor, there is good reason to believe that the respected Jewish leaders from across the spectrum are showing a greater awareness then the Ban's defenders are showing of America's sad history of barring Jewish and other targeted immigrants from the US because of race or religion, using their countries of citizenship as a pretext; a history which Trump is now repeating with Muslims in place of Jews.

    Again, history is relevant and important in this context. For at least the first six decades of the 20th century, many American politicians and media figures targeted Jews in general as allegedly dangerous to America.

    Jewish immigrants were labelled as "anarchists" "Bolsheviks", "Communists", "internationalists" with loyalty only to a "Zionist state"; and even, during the Hitler period, potential "Nazi spies".

    Antisemitism and hatred against Jewish immigrants was spread by demagogues such as the popular radio figure Father Charles Coughlin, who accused Jews of wanting to control the world, and Henry Ford, a wealthy tycoon of the 1920's and 1930's period whose attacks against Jews in many ways anticipated Donald Trump's attacks on all Muslims (not just Jihadists) as in Trump's well-documented campaign statement: "Islam hates us".

    For more on how America's history of antisemitism led to barring most Jewish refugees from Hitler who had hoped to find safety in America, see:

    https://www.facinghistory.org/defyin...-and-holocaust

    Trump's Muslim ban orders are not the first time in our history that "national security" has been used as a cover for bigotry against a targeted group or groups of immigrants.

    The only thing that is new is that no other US president in modern history has made so many comments expressing open hatred for the targeted group concerned as Trump has done with Muslims.

    I would also point out that Alan Dershowitz, despite his distinguished reputation, is not the only professor who has taught at Harvard. Almost 200 Harvard professors opposed Trump's original version of the Muslim ban.

    http://www.thecrimson.com/article/20...gration-order/

    More recently, 45 constitutional law scholars from various US law schools have signed an amicus brief opposing the latest version of the Ban.

    https://news.law.fordham.edu/blog/20...rofessors-say/

    This last cited article also points out that Chad, one of the countries included in Trump's latest Ban list, has been an important counter-terrorism partner of the United States, fighting Al Qaeda and Boko Haram for years.

    The article states:

    "Already, in the aftermath of Travel Ban 3.0, Chad has pulled troops from the fight against Boko Haram in Niger."

    Does Donald Trump really care about America's national security?

    Or is he more concerned about the real reason for the "Travel" Ban -carrying out an agenda of hate which Trump first unleashed in his speech calling for a world-wide ban on admitting Muslims to the US two years ago; and which he has continued in numerous other statements and actions as president - most recently, only a week or two ago, by retweeting vicious anti-Muslim propaganda videos put out by a UK extremist with a reported history of Islamophobia to 43 million Twitter followers?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 12-11-2017 at 08:39 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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