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Letters of the Week: August 14 - August 20

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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    From anti-immigrant persecution and hatred of non-white minorities launched by the Trump regime, to administration-supported and encouraged neo-nazi violence at Charlottesville, to the end of freedom of speech and the onset of pure fascism in America, the line runs straight and can no longer be ignored.

    Trump's vicious, racially motivated attempts to bar Muslim immigrants from coming to the US because of their religion, his efforts to engage in mass deportation of and build a wall of hatred against Latino immigrants, and his agenda of restricting South and East Asian skilled immigrants by attacking the H-1B program, not to mention his support for the RAISE Act which seeks to close off America to most non-European immigrants in the spirit of his white supremacist Warsaw address, are all part and parcel of the white supremacist agenda which led directly to the violence at Charlottesville, which Trump now blames on the "alt-left", rather than on the neo-nazis who organized the rally as a tribute to Trump's own "leadership" and "inspiration".

    But the Trump-inspired white supremacist bigotry and hatred which was so much in evidence in the violence at Charlottesville is itself only one more step, albeit a big one, on the road that leads to overt fascism in America.

    The Guardian now reports (on August 14) that Trump's Justice Department, led by his loyal (though sometimes abused by Trump himself) henchman, Jeff Sessions, is now trying to force the owner of an anti-Trump website to turn over information about more than a million visitors to the site - in an obvious attempt to intimidate people from even looking at the site.

    This attempt not only to prevent people from speaking freely but even from looking to see what other people have said is not democracy - it is fascism, pure and simple.

    While it would be an exaggeration to call Charlottesville America's Kristallnacht, there is an unmistakable parallel between Trump's progression from hatred and persecution of minority immigrants, to violence against American citizens opposed to the neo-nazi movement at Charlottesville, to the fascist attempt to wipe out free speech in the DOJ's action against the Dreamhost website and anyone who viewed the site.

    This parallel is with Adolf Hitler's rise to power in the 1930's, beginning with his attacks on Jews as scapegoats, moving on to violence and repression against all perceived opponents of the regime, and finally the total extinction of freedom for all Germans.

    This is not to say that Trump has genocide or elimination of an entire race of people as his goal as Hitler did with the Jews; clearly Trump does not and has no such objective or wish.

    But the movement from singling out a vulnerable group of people for persecution, as Hitler did with the Jews and as Trump is doing with non-white immigrants, to total dictatorship cannot be ignored.

    Many people may still not believe or be willing to accept the fact that Trump has this as his ultimate goal, but many people also refused to recognize Hitler's real purpose at the beginning either.

    Anyone who wants to gain a true understanding of the real purpose and significance of Donald Trump's anti-immigrant agenda should read The Nation. February 28, 2017:

    A Warning From History: A new biography of Hitler reminds us that there is more than one way to destroy a democracy

    by Cambridge University Professor Richard J. Evans.

    (Sorry, I do not have a direct link - please go to Google; it is well worth the time and effort.)

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 08-16-2017 at 08:24 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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    David Rothkopf, a visiting professor at the Columbia University School of International Affairs writes the following in his August 16 Washington Post column in reaction to Donald Trump's appalling, unbelievably disgraceful refusal to pin the blame for the violence in Charlottesville where it belongs - on the white supremacists and neo-nazis who themselves admitted that they were inspired by Trump in organizing the rally which took three innocent lives:

    President Trump must go

    (Four words with every decent-minded American, everyone who cares about racial equality and equal justice for all, must agree with in his or her heart):

    In Rothkopf's words:

    "No one who values the best of what the United States has stood for could watch without feeling revulsion, anger or heartbreak. No one who comes from a past such as mine, which includes similar mobs rising up and ultimately collaborating in the murder of dozens of my family members in Hitler's Europe, could view Trump's performance without a degree of fear as well."

    Appalling and revolting to the conscience of every civilized person in America as Trump's despicable attempts to shield the neo-nazi instigators from blame and shift it onto a nonexistent "alt left" instead, Charlottesville, and Trump's implied support the rally of hate and violence that took place there this past Saturday, are not the main issues.

    The main issue is that America now has a president who, in so many of his speeches and actions as candidate and president, lives, breathes and exudes racist white supremacy from every pore, every fiber of his being.

    Nowhere is this clearer than in his anti-Latino, anti-Muslim, anti-Asian and anti-black immigration policies.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 08-16-2017 at 08:26 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    According to multiple news reports, "Bannon the Bigot" (my designation) has been fired from the White House by the president.

    In view of the enormous influence that, by all accounts, Bannon has had on Trump's immigration policies, could this mean that we may now have a "kinder', gentler", less racist immigration agenda in the Trump administration; or could it mean that Trump has now gone so far over in the direction of the neo-nazi white supremacists whom he so pointedly refused to single out for condemnation over Charlottesville that even Bannon is too "liberal" for the president on immigration and race relations?

    As Trump himself might say, we will have to see what happens.

    Or, could Bannon's exit, hopefully for everyone who cares about preserving America's tradition of welcoming immigrants of all ethnic backgrounds, religions and skin colors, which has been in place for the past 50 years and which Trump and Bannon have been trying to destroy, be a prelude to Trump's own resignation as president?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 08-18-2017 at 03:41 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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