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  1. Trump's Big Lie: Shutdown Was Caused by Democrats' Support for "Illegal Immigration" Instead of Trump's Own Attack on Legal Immigration. Roger Algase

    Donald Trump is now continuing the inflammatory falsehoods about non-white immigrants which have characterized every stage of his campaign and presidency from the beginning up until now by accusing the Democrats of causing the government shutdown which began on January 20 because they allegedly want "unchecked illegal immigration", according to a report in The Hill.

    Nothing could be further from the truth. To be sure, the Democrats have been insisting on protection for DACA recipients as the price for their agreement to keep the government open. But Trump himself has stated many times that the DREAMERS need legal protection from Congress. He has himself repeatedly called on Congress to provide such protection - after he created the crisis in the first place by cancelling DACA.

    Recently, Trump even called on Congress to pass a "Bill of Love" for DREAMERS.

    DREAMERS, even though though they were brought to the US without permission through no fault of their own, are not by any stretch of the imagination an example of "unchecked illegal immigration", and the president has never claimed that that they are.

    Neither DACA, nor any dispute over illegal immigration in general, was the sticking point that caused the government shutdown. To the contrary, there can be no question that the shutdown was caused by Trump's demand for sharp reductions in legal immigration, affecting potentially tens of millions of immigrants from non-white parts of the world, as the price for an agreement to help DACA recipients.

    On January 11, a small bipartisan group Senators came to Trump with a proposed DACA legislative solution, and that Trump angrily rejected the proposal. His rejection did not have anything to do with DACA itself, or with the DREAMERS.

    Instead, Trump rejected the proposal because it did not include massive cutbacks in legal immigration - specifically, abolishing extended family immigration - pejoratively called "chain migration" by Trump's white supremacist supporters - which has been central to America's immigration system for the past 50 years and has enabled 30 or 40 million immigrants from non-white parts of the world to come the the US legally during this period.

    Attempting to label legal family-based immigration. as well has the Diversity Visa lottery, which which Trump now also wants to abolish because it has been especially advantageous for legal immigrants from what has Trump reportedly called the "shithole countries" of Africa,"unchecked illegal immigration", is nothing more or less than using the Big Lie technique of Adolf Hitler.

    Trump has been using this same technique in many other statements he has made about extended family immigration and the Diversity Visa, in which he has tried to link both of these legal immigration programs to recent lone wolf terrorist-related attacks by exactly two people who has immigrated to America with one or the other of these visas - out of many millions of other legal immigrants who have used the same visas to immigrate without causing any harm or danger to this country.

    Trump made his position on a DACA deal clear in a December 29, 2017 tweet:

    "The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can ve no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & the ridiculous lottery system of immigration, etc."
    (Italics added.)

    When the president told Senate negotiators two weeks later, on January 11, that a DACA deal was "dead" unless they agreed to change the law in order to favor legal immigration from white countries such as Norway instead of black African countries or Haiti, he was saying the same thing as he did in above previous tweet.

    The president's insistence on forcing immigration supporters to agree to abolish legal visa categories which have been been used primarily by immigrants from non-white countries, so that he can achieve his stated goal of enabling legal more immigrants to come from Scandinavia in the future and fewer to be admitted from Africa and the Caribbean, is the only reason why we now have a government shutdown.

    As Jamelle Bouie explained succinctly on on January 19:

    "Last week, the president scuttled the deal [to reach a legislative solution for DACA] brokered by Sens. Lindsay Graham and Dick Durbin, following a now-infamous meeting where Trump called both Haiti and various African nations 'shitholes'. Since then, the White House has been silent on what it wants from a deal, even though Trump's priorities are not hard to discern - he wants more white immigrants and fewer immigrants from countries whose citizens are largely black and brown."

    Indeed, one could accurately say that, with few if any exceptions, all of Trump's immigration statements and actions as candidate and president, from his initial slurs of Mexican and Latino immigrants as "criminals" and "rapists"; his Muslim and refugee ban orders; "extreme vetting" of immigrants; ramped-up arrest and deportation dragnet; support for the Eurocentric RAISE Act's emphasis on skilled over family immigration while taking many steps to make H-1B and other skilled immigration visas harder to obtain, and to slow down legal immigration processing in general: all of these are ultimately aimed at making America's immigration system whiter and more European.

    Trump's attempt to blame the shutdown on his opponents' alleged support for "unchecked illegal immigration" is a blatant use of the infamous Big Lie technique. It is unworthy of a president of the United States.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 01-20-2018 at 11:16 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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