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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    To read my latest warning about how Donald Trump's Muslim ban (including reported mainly cosmetic revisions which would not affect its underlying purpose of excluding almost 200 million Muslims from the US because of their religion), taken together with his latest police-state ICE raids against non-criminal immigrants (exposing another one of his endless lies about his deportation and other immigration policies) and his latest executive orders making it easier to carry out the ethnic cleansing of up to 11 million immigrants are undermining our democtacy and could lead to its rapid extinction, see:

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Great idea! What will Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions be whispering in Trump's ear about this one?

    The chances of getting such a bill signed are even less than the almost zero chance of getting it passed in this Republican-controlled Congress.

    And why are the Democrats so weak on impeaching Trump? Are they going to wait until he proclaims the entire Democratic party an "Enemy of the People" and starts arresting everyone who voted for Hillary Clinton?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    For my updated February 18 comment on the disturbing resemblance between Trump's leaked plan to use the National Guard for immigration roundups and Hitler's use of the Gestapo for roundups of his political opponents right after taking power in 1933, see:

    With the admittedly very big exception of the anti-semitism and mass murder of Hitler's Holocaust,
    Donald Trump's program for America bears a very uncomfortable resemblance to the motto of Germany's leader of eight decades ago:

    Ein Volk. Ein Reich. Ein Fuehrer.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 02-19-2017 at 10:16 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    For a link to the New York Times letter written by 35 psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers saying that Trump is mentally unfit to hold office, see:

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  5. CMusillo's Avatar
    Thanks Nolan. Strictly speaking you are, of course, correct. Having said that, the administration appears to be interpreting it in a way favorable to green card holders.
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    More ranting and raving from our chief executive (who, by the way, is many things, but is not an anti-Semite - to paraphrase Steve Bannon, can the media please shut up about that particular nonsense?).

    Trump has a Jewish daughter and son-in law, both of whom he is very close to, and he certainly considers himself a friend of Israel.

    The reality of Donald Trump is already unhinged and dangerous enough for America and the world, without making up something for which there is no evidence whatsoever.


    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 02-17-2017 at 08:28 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  7. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    What about Trump's promise that only "criminal aliens" would be arrested and deported? Anyone who believes that promise might just as well believe that Trump's ban against entry by citizens of seven Muslim countries is also supported by a presidential finding that the tiny perscantages of Christians and Jews living in those countries pose a danger to the United States, along with the Muslims. and that Muslims are not being targeted specifically even though they are 99 percent of the population in most or all of these countries.

    Let's keep George Orwell out of our discussion.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  8. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Where was the presidential finding that Christians and Jews living in the seven targeted Muslim countries pose a danger to the United States?

    If there was such a finding, what is the rational basis for it?

    Matt has to know, as much as anyone else, that banning the tiny percentage of non-Muslims living in the affected countries as well as the the Muslim majority is just a cosmetic gesture to make it look as if Muslims are not the only targets. I doubt if there are very any children over the age of five who would be taken in by that kind of logic. My 8 and 10 year old grandsons would not be fooled, I am quite sure.

    Anyone who seriously thinks that Trump's ban is not aimed at Muslims based on their religion, might just as well believe that Trump is really only planning to deport immigrants who have actually committed crimes, and that he will leave the millions of other unauthorized immigrants who have no criminal records alone.

    If Matt believes that promise, then I would respectfully suggest that he should turn on his screen and take a look at the latest news.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 02-16-2017 at 07:57 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  9. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    To give credit where credit is due, Trump appears to have made a decent, sensible choice in his replacement Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta, an Hispanic who appears to be experienced and well qualified, to replace the absolutely hopeless Andrew Puzder, who was the cartoon character of a totally unfit choice for this position - only much, much worse.

    Trump must know plenty of decent, qualified people whom he could have picked for various cabinet and advisor jobs.

    Why in so many cases, did he go out of his way to pick the worst, least qualified people that he could possibly find for so many vitally important positions? One could argue that there is something psychological going on here, sort of like a naughty schoolboy who gets even naughtier and more out of control if someone tries to discipline him.

    But this is out of my area and I will say no more.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  10. MKolken's Avatar
    Are Jews and Christians also getting their heads cut off in Iran by ISIS?
    Updated 02-16-2017 at 06:50 AM by MKolken
  11. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Because the Jews and Christians don't want groups like ISIS to cut their heads off, I would imagine.

    If Trump concentrated on getting rid of the real terrorists and jihadists, instead of spinning his wheels trying to find ways to keep innocent people like an Iranian baby who needed life saving surgery and an Iraqi translator who risked his life to assist American soldiers, and thousands or millions of other people who mean no harm to America out of the United States because of their religion, America would be a safer country and the world would be a better place.

    Trump's ban reminds me of the famous saying of Abbot Armaud Amalric, who during the massacre of Albigensian "heretics" by Papal Christian soldiers around 1200 at Beziers in southern France, was asked by a soldier how to tell the "heretics" from the "true Christians". He reportedly said:

    "Kill them all - God will recognize his own."

    Trump's attitude is the same, only "Ban then all" instead of "Kill them all."

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 02-16-2017 at 12:04 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  12. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Is Donald the Would-Be Dictator, Trump the Would-Be Tyrant, turning out to be a "Very Weak Autocrat"?

    Greg Sargent of the Washington Post thinks so, writing on February 15. See:

    Donald Trump is suddenly looking like a very weak autocrat

    (Sorry, I don't have a link. Please go to Google.)

    And weak or strong, Trump is already showing such an autocrat's contempt for the other branches of government, and our Constitution, in the short time he has been in office, that the number of Congressional Republicans who must surely be thinking "Impeachment" even if they are still too timid to say it, has to be growing rapidly, along with all of the Democrats, which is a given.

    See also, E.J. Dionne, writing in the February 15 Washington Post:

    Admit it: Trump is unfit to serve.

    How long will it take the Congressional Republicans to admit this and to do what they have to do for the sake of America and our democracy?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 02-16-2017 at 01:32 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  13. MKolken's Avatar
    Why is it that 99.99 percent of the nationals of Syria and 99.4% of the nationals of Iran are Muslim? Why don't more Jews and Christians live in those countries?
  14. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Matt, I have already explained this in a previous comment. Most, if not all, of the population in the seven countries involved (which are almost certain to be increased of one reads the order carefully) are 99 percent Muslim.

    Yemen, for example, according to Wikipedia, is 99.99 percent Muslim. Yes, according to the same source, there are all of 50 Jews and 3,000 Christians in the country who can't come to America either (without a waiver which would almost certainly be granted). Haven't you ever heard of collateral damage?

    A banned country like Iran, admittedly, is more "diverse" than Yemen.

    Again according to Wikipedia, Iran is "only" 99.4 percent Muslim, not 99.99 per cent.

    Let's get real.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  15. MKolken's Avatar
    Weren't Christians and Jews from those 7 countries also banned from travel?
  16. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I agree with Nolan that Trump's travel ban, while initially directed against people from certain Muslim countries and against refugees, contains language which contemplates the possibility of effectively shutting down much larger parts of America's system for legal entry by foreign citizens from everywhere, not only from Muslim countries.

    As I have argued in several of my own Immigration Daily comments, the Muslim ban is very likely only the first step in a larger Trump/Bannon/Sessions anti-immigrant agenda, aimed at bringing America closer back to the "Nordics"-only 1924 immigration law which the new AG, Jeff Sessions, has praised in a recent (2015) immigration manifesto, and which Steven Bannon's Breitbart News also backed, at least by implication in one of its recent articles.

    The 1924 law which Sessions praised so highly and which Breitbart News expressed such nostalgia for (in an article by former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo), also had at least one other strong supporter - Adolf Hitler, who wrote in Mein Kampf that the US was way ahead of the rest of the world in making race the foundation of its immigration policy.

    However, as I have also explained in more detail in a recent Immigration Daily comment, the fact that the Muslim ban (if upheld by the courts which I think is much less likely than Nolan seems to believe - since America is still America, not yet a country of one man rule iike Russia or North Korea), may and almost certainly would be extended to cut off almost all immigration from outside Europe (with nice big quotas for Russia, to be sure!) does not mean that the current ban is not aimed against Muslims.

    Among other things, the 1924 law banned Jews - but not based on religion - just based on cutting off immigration from the countries that had large Jewish populations.

    That is exactly the same strategy that Trump is now using against Muslims who are hoping to come to the US in his January 27 executive order.

    Ultimately, as long Trump remains in office (unless he is impeached of his Russia ties, for which the departed Michael Flynn is probably only the fall guy, or over his ethics violations or some other abuse of power - stay tuned) the watchwords for immigration in his administration will be: 1924 deja vu, all over again.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 02-17-2017 at 08:00 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  17. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Are we supposed to believe this statement? Does Matt believe it?

    If the Trump administration is really planning to focus on dangerous criminals for deportation as its priority, instead of casting a much wider dragnet, why did the White House and DHS (allegedly) order ICE to cancel its scheduled meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss and answer questions about the raids?

    Isn't the cancellation one more indication, along with his claim in the 9th Circuit Muslim ban case that his power to make "national security" decision over immigrant entry to the US is "unreviewable", that Trump intends to rule as a dictator over immigration, not as the leader of a democracy?

    Roger Algase
    Attornney at Law
  18. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    Of course the 120-day ban on refugees is going to be extended, in all probability for as long as Trump is in office (If the executive order containing the ban is every reinstated by the courts, which, as long as America continues to be governed by a Constitution, may be a lot less likely than Nolan seems to believe).

    Everybody in America knows that the 120-period is purely cosmetic, and not a serious expression of Trump's real intentions.

    Nolan is certainly far too knowledgeable, experienced and intelligent to believe seriously that Trump has any plans whatsoever to let even a single refugee from anywhere in the world into America as long as he is in the White House, unless he is compelled to by the courts.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    You don't read very carefully, either the Executive Order or my articles. See in particular --

    Trump’s Seven-country Travel Ban Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg (February 6, 2017),

    Nolan Rappaport
    Updated 02-14-2017 at 11:21 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  19. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I am happy for your clients, and I am sure that there will be many more Muslims from various countries around the world who will be granted visas, entry and permanent residence in the early months, or even couple of years, of the Trump administration.

    It is obvious from careful reading of Trump's seven country ban executive order that banning immigrants from Muslim countries is to be done incrementally, with more Muslim countries and Muslim individuals added as time goes on. The order does this in 3 principal ways:

    1) Adding more countries to the banned list on the pretext that they are refusing to provide enough information about their citizens to ensure proper screening,

    2) Provision for uniform screening standards under which all Muslims (and also non-Muslims) would be screened in the same intensive ways that people from the targeted Muslim countries would be

    3) Requiring all Muslim (and even non-Muslim) immigrants and visitors to show that their admission to the US is in the "National Interest" - currently one of the most difficult tests imposed anywhere in the INA, as any NIW green card practitioners can attest.

    There is a parallel. Even in the early years of the Hitler period, and despite the 1936 Nuremberg Laws, many Jews living in Germany were more or less able to survive and lead a "normal". though vastly restricted, life.

    Then came 1938 and Kristallnacht.

    I do not mean to compare Trump's various proposal re: Muslims in America with the Holocaust.

    There is no possible comparison. But just as persecution of the Jews was incremental and took time at the beginning, the same can be expected of persecution of Muslim immigrants and Muslim Americans in the Trump years (without the ghastly "Final Solution" (Enloesung der Judenfrage) that took place in Germany, of course.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 02-14-2017 at 10:41 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  20. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Of course the 120-day ban on refugees is going to be extended, in all probability for as long as Trump is in office (If the executive order containing the ban is every reinstated by the courts, which, as long as America continues to be governed by a Constitution, may be a lot less likely than Nolan seems to believe).

    Everybody in America knows that the 120-period is purely cosmetic, and not a serious expression of Trump's real intentions.

    Nolan is certainly far too knowledgeable, experienced and intelligent to believe seriously that Trump has any plans whatsoever to let even a single refugee from anywhere in the world into America as long as he is in the White House, unless he is compelled to by the courts.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 02-14-2017 at 09:49 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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