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  1. Trump Rejects Compromise on Cutting Non-White Legal Immigration and Building Wall; Suggests Deporting Americans Who Oppose His Agenda. Roger Algase

    In a May 24 Fox News interview, Trump dashed any hope of a reasonable compromise on immigration that would try to accommodate the needs of both parties (as well as resolving the dispute between moderate and "conservative" Republicans), and said that he would reject any package that did not include funding for his border wall, elimination of the diversity visa lottery (which has been especially valuable for immigrants from Africa, Asia and Latin America) and sharp cuts in family immigration - a move also designed to reduce immigration from outside Europe.

    As if this were not already authoritarian enough in pursuit of an immigration agenda whose only purpose is to make America whiter, Trump, in a May 24 Fox News interview also suggested that US citizen NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem as a protest against his racial policies do not belong in America.

    There could not be a clearer example of how Trump's racially motivated immigration policies cannot be looked at just in isolation, but are instead a key part of a broader movement toward authoritarian rule in America under his administration.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 05-24-2018 at 01:41 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. Update on Husband of Army Chaplain Facing Deportation

    by , 05-24-2018 at 09:23 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    Via the Military Times:

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has granted a reprieve to allow a Fort Bragg Army chaplain’s husband, who was facing imminent deportation, to remain in country, their attorney said Tuesday.

    ICE decided to release Avila-Rodriguez and allow him to continue residing in the United States under supervision while he and Brown work on getting him legal permanent residency, attorney Patrick Hatch said.

    Click here for more.
  3. A solution to the stalemate on a permanent fix for DACA participants. (Article was posted previously.)

    Trump, Dems can solve the DACA problem by redefining it
    By Nolan Rappaport

    © Greg Nash

    President Donald Trump and Republican congressmen have been trying unsuccessfully to cut a deal with the Democrats that would provide lawful status for the undocumented aliens in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

    The negotiations have seemed promising sometimes, such as when Trump offered a legalization program for 1.8 million undocumented aliens with his Framework on Immigration Reform & Border Security, but the Democrats would not agree to the concessions he was demanding in this four-pillar proposal.

    hope the Democrats are not holding out for a DREAM Act like the American Hope Act of 2017, which would have legalized millions of undocumented aliens who came to America as children. I call it “The False Hope Act” in a previous article I wrote about it.

    DREAM Acts have been pending since 2001. The Democrats could have passed one during Barack Obama’s administration. From January 2009 to January 2011, they had a strong majority in the House, and until Scott Brown’s special election in 2010, a filibuster-busting majority in the Senate. But they chose not to do it.

    It might be more productive at this point to put negotiations about DACA and DREAM Acts aside and try a different approach. My suggestion is to work on creating a place in the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) program for the DACA participants.
    This little-known humanitarian program makes lawful permanent resident (LPR) status available to undocumented alien children in the United States who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by one or both parents and who should not be returned to their own countries.

    The SIJ Program


    Published originally on The Hill.

    About the author. Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years; he subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years.

  4. Report Reveals that From 2009 to 2014 CBP was Abusing Immigrant Children

    by , 05-23-2018 at 02:07 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via the ACLU:

    Documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union featured in a new report released today show the pervasive abuse and neglect of unaccompanied immigrant children detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The report was produced in conjunction with the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School.

    The report is based on over 30,000 pages of documents dated between 2009 and 2014. The documents were obtained by the ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties and the ACLU Foundation of Arizona through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit co-counseled with Cooley LLP. The documents feature numerous cases of shocking violence and abuse against migrant children, many of whom arrived in the United States fleeing violence in their home countries.

    Examples of the documented abuses include allegations that CBP officials:

    • Punched a child’s head three times
    • Kicked a child in the ribs
    • Used a stun gun on a boy, causing him to fall to the ground, shaking, with his eyes rolling back in his head
    • Ran over a 17-year-old with a patrol vehicle and then punched him several times
    • Verbally abused detained children, calling them dogs and “other ugly things”
    • Denied detained children permission to stand or move freely for days and threatened children who stood up with transfer to solitary confinement in a small, freezing room
    • Denied a pregnant minor medical attention when she reported pain, which preceded a stillbirth
    • Subjected a 16-year-old girl to a search in which they “forcefully spread her legs and touched her private parts so hard that she screamed”
    • Left a 4-pound premature baby and her minor mother in an overcrowded and dirty cell full of sick people, against medical advice
    • Threw out a child’s birth certificate and threatened him with sexual abuse by an adult male detainee.

    Click here to read the report.


    Updated 05-23-2018 at 02:42 PM by MKolken

  5. Trump Again Demonizes Children and Other Latino Immigrants as "MS-13 Members"; Attacks "Worst Immigration Laws" for Helping "Animals". Roger Algase

    Update, May 23, 9:57 pm:

    This is an extract from Trump's demagogic May 23 MS-13 "Roundtable", according to the White House official transcript. After emotional speeches by the parents of two MS-13 gang victims, Trump stated:

    "Their beautiful daughters, Kayla and Nisa, were murdered by MS-13 gang members, many of whom exploited glaring loopholes - and we have the biggest loopholes of any country anywhere in the world. We have the worst immigration laws of any country anywhere in the world. But they exploited the loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors. They look so innocent; they're not so innocent."

    This is not only a vicious attack on Central American unaccompanied children who are fleeing from gang violence in their countries, not participating in it, but it also implies that America's entire immigration system is rotten - the worst in the world.

    This goes far beyond the issue of gang violence, and strikes at the foundation of the entire non-discriminatory immigration system which America has had for the past 50 years - a system which Trump has consistently attacked because it enables immigration not only from Europe, as was the case before 1965, but from what Trump calls "shithole countries" because their citizens have darker skins, not white ones as in Trump's preferred "Countries Like Norway".

    This latest Roundtable was only about dealing with criminal gangs on the surface. Its real purpose was to stir up more hatred against non-white immigrants in general - and to take America back to the spirit of the bigoted "Nordics-only" 1924 "national origins" immigration act which Adolf Hitler (who also considered Jews and other Untermenschen to be less than human - i.e. like "animals") had such high praise for because of its racist foundations.

    My earlier comment follows:

    In his latest demagogic attempt to stigmatize and demonize all Latin American immigrants as criminals and gang members, Donald Trump is hosting a "Roundtable" in Bethpage, Long Island, New York with a group of evidently fawning, sycophantic, ICE, DOJ and local police officers focusing on MS-13. However, based on a few minutes watching the live video, which is ongoing as this is being written, it is clear that Trump is also trying to conflate MS-13 with the entirely separate issue of unaccompanied children showing up that the US border to try to escape from gang violence in Central America as if they were also criminals.

    I will update this comment as the "Roundtable" progresses. It can be watched on you tube by going to the Washington Post home page and following the link.

    Update, May 23 at 3:20 pm:

    After I watched one or two sycophantic speeches from local police officers praising Trump for his "great leadership" regarding MS-13, the mother of one of this gang's victims took the microphone and launched into an emotional speech which could only have the effect of arousing more hatred against all Latino immigrants, not only gang members.

    This of course, doesn't imply any lack of sympathy for her terrible loss, but one also has to wonder when Trump might be planning to hold a similar youtube Roundtable with the parents of the schoolchildren in Texas, Florida and other states who were murdered by gun violence.

    We should not hold our breath waiting for that Roundtable, since it would not provide the president with any chance to demonize and spread hatred against Latino and other non-white immigrants.

    When the victim's mother started to praise Trump for calling the gang members "animals" I had to stop watching. That is is enough dehumanization for one afternoon.

    Again, this is not to express any sympathy for the brutal, horrible MS-13 gang members. But the entire nation knows that, just as Trump used ISIS as an excuse to attack all Muslims, his focus on MS-13 is meant as an attack on all Latino, and by extension other non-white immigrants - who most studies show as having a lower crime rate than native born Americans.

    Don't expect Trump to mention this at any of his immigration Roundtables.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 05-24-2018 at 05:23 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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