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  1. Trump Faces Lawsuits From Both Sides of Immigration Divide: Will His Agenda End, Not With a Ban But a Fizzle? Roger Algase

    According to the latest news reports, Donald Trump is now facing the possibility that his administration may have to defend against lawsuits from both ends of the immigration spectrum, left and right.

    POLITICO reports on June 29 that the State of Hawaii is suing in federal district court to challenge the Trump administration's guidelines to US consulates in the six almost 100 percent Muslim countries affected by the president's entry ban order ("Muslim ban").

    According to the report, Hawaii is contending that these guidelines take an erroneously narrow view of what constitutes a bona fide family relationship within the meaning of the Supreme Court's June 26 decision reinstating part of the Muslim ban order temporarily for the next 90 days.

    The same report also states that at the last moment, just before the ban was about to go into effect, the State Department suddenly changed its position to state that fiances of US citizens will now be considered as having a bona fide relationship with the US for the purpose of being exempt from the ban order.

    However, while the DOS guidance, which was issued behind the scenes and not initially made public, defines step-relations and in-laws of U.S. citizens as people with a bona fide relationship for the purpose of exemption from the ban, it excludes grandparents of US citizens from this exemption.

    Since the whole purpose of Trump's ban order was ostensibly to protect against terrorists, this has led to justified questions about why grandparents of US citizens are deemed to be more dangerous to the US or more likely to commit terrorist acts than in-laws or step-relations are.

    As a result, the BBC reports that many people have posted pictures of their grandparents under the mocking Twitter hashtag #grandparentsnotterrorists

    It would appear that Trump's Muslim ban attempts, which began this past January in a momentous atmosphere of Sturm und Drang, are now ending as farce.

    In his poem "The Hollow Men", T.S. Eliot famously wrote:

    This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.

    Are Donald Trump's attempts to keep Muslims out of the United States at all costs, which were launched with such great fanfare in December 2015 and meant to be actualized by his executive orders beginning in January of this year, now ending not with a ban but a fizzle?

    In another development, Univision reports that the Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, joined by political leaders of nine other Republican-controlled states, is threatening to sue the Trump administration if it refuses to phase out the DACA program.

    For the full story and a link to the text of their letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, see:

    Evidently, even whatever vestiges of common sense, compassion and humanity toward Latino and other minority immigrants there are still remaining in the Trump administration, which, commendably, has so far refused to rescind DACA and is still issuing new DACA permits, are anathema to the nine Republican state attorneys general (and one governor) who cannot seem to tolerate the idea of allowing non-white immigrants, even those who were brought to the US by their families as children through no choice or fault of their own, and who are American in all but documentation, to remain in the United States.

    It will be interesting to see if AG Sessions, who, as a Senator was one of the fiercest opponents of both legal immigration and of the unauthorized variety in the entire U.S. Congress, will be willing to defend DACA if the 10 state officials involved make good on their threat to sue.

    But whatever happens with the DACA lawsuit, and whether Trump gets sued by state officials in his own party or not, one point is clear;

    The Republican party has a very big problem with race and immigration which goes back to a time long before Donald Trump came on the scene, more than 50 years back, all the way to 1965.

    If this party doesn't fundamentally change its attitudes toward racial minorities in the US of every stripe, the GOP's immigration race problem, arguably amounting to a sickness in its inner core, may continue for a long time to come, well after Trump's time in the White House is over.

    See POLITICO's excellent, perceptive August 2016 report:

    The 1965 Law That Gave the Republican Party Its Race Problem

    My best 4th of July weekend wishes to all Americans, and to all those who are not yet Americans but who wish to become Americans and are qualified to do so under our laws; as well as all those who are American in spirit and are contributing to this country and our society, regardless of their citizenship or status.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 06-30-2017 at 08:57 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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