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The RAISE Act and the Charlottesville Rally: Two Sides of the Same White Supremacist Immigration Coin. Roger Algase

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The president has come under intense criticism from leaders in his own party, as well as wide segments of the American public, for not speaking out more directly against the white supremacist and neo-nazi organizers of the violent Charlottesville rally on August 12. But his reluctance to speak out against them is not surprising. They both share the same white supremacist immigration goals which are embodied in the RAISE Act that is now before Congress.

Richard Spencer, one of the leading organizers of the rally and a self-styled leader of the "Alt-Right" movement (which is nothing but a euphemism for the neo-nazi movement) had the following to say about the the immigration objectives that he and his supporters are promoting, in an NPR interview in November, 2016, shortly after the presidential election (in which almost 3 million more Americans nationwide voted for Hillary Clinton than voted for Donald Trump).

"Immigration is the most obvious one. And I think we need to get beyond thinking about immigration just in terms of illegal immigration. Illegal immigration is not nearly as damaging as legal immigration. Legal immigration - they're here to stay. Their children are here and so on.

Spencer continued:

​"And I think a really reasonable and I think palatable policy proposal would be for Donald Trump to say, look; we've had immigration in the past. It's brought some fragmentation in the past. It's brought division. But we need to become a people again. And for us to do that, we're going to need to take a break from mass immigration. And we'e going to need to preference people who are going to fit in, who are more like us. That is European immigration.

http://www.npr.org/2016/11/17/502476...administration

Is it any surprise that after his openly nationalist Warsaw speech claiming that European culture, "traditions" and "values" are superior to those of all other parts of the world and promising to defend America's borders against all other traditions and values; and his strong support for the RAISE Act, which would cut off or drastically reduce legal immigration from most parts of the world outside Europe, Trump has refused to join almost every other leader in his own party, as well as responsible and decent Americans of every background, ethnicity and political orientation, in issuing a clear and outright condemnation of the Charlottesville rally's white supremacist leaders?

Also to the surprise of no one, Spencer himself has praised the RAISE Act, saying that it "sounds awesome".

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...b04061313a3090

Spencer and his fellow white supremacists have also vowed to continue to promote the same agenda which lead to the death of an innocent young woman protester against this movement at the Charlottesville rally, which Spencer called an "amazing, spectacular, demonstration".

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics...olence-w497446

One can be quite sure that the RAISE Act, which both Trump and the white supremacist leaders whom he has been so hesitant to criticize support so enthusiastically, will continue to be front and center of Spencer's agenda, and that of his fellow "Alt-Right" white nationalists.

The only question is: how can any of the Republican leaders who, unlike the president have openly condemned the white supremacist Charlottesville rally continue to support the RAISE Act?

If the responsible Republican leaders are really against bigotry, racism and white supremacy as much as they say they are, how can they permit the RAISE Act to move forward in Congress?
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Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, Roger has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from diverse parts of the world obtain work visas and green cards.

Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com

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Updated 08-17-2017 at 06:34 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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