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Will Trump Hold DREAMERS Hostage to the RAISE Act in an Effort to Take America Back 100 Years to a Europeans Only Immigration System? Roger Algase

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The opening two sentences of the following comment have been revised as of September 16 at 5:39 pm:

To be sure, Trump has showing encouraging signs of backing away from at least one of his trademark attacks against minority immigrants, by becoming the target of vitriolic criticism from his anti-immigrant right wing base over indications that he might make a deal with Democratic leaders to agree to sign a law protecting DREAMERS from deportation, without insisting on funding for his pet border Wall project of humiliating Mexican, and by extension all non-white, immigrants.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administ...ulter-ingraham

However, a POLITICO report on the afternoon of Friday, September 15 once again shows signs that the president may be moving back in the other direction on immigration, where he seems to be most comfortable. The report states that White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders has indicated that the president might tie support for the RAISE Act to agreement to make a deal for a legislative fix for DACA.

According to the report, Sanders stated that while specific administration immigration priorities will only be announced over the next 7-10 days, supporting the RAISE Act was one of the things "we would probably like to see" in return for an agreement on DACA.

In other words, if this statement is accurate (and it may very well be, in view of the strong support that Trump has already expressed for the RAISE Act), the president would in effect be asking Congress to overturn a half century of legislation opening up immigration to qualified applicants from every part of the world as the price of granting relief from deportation to the nearly 800,000 young people who are now protected by the DACA program which Trump has just cancelled and is now phasing out over the next six months.

This would be a heavy price indeed. Enacting the RAISE Act would repeal the 1965 immigration act that ended four decades of bigoted, mainly Europe-only immigration quotas under the previous 1924 law, and would replace it by a heavily Eurocentric system that would also be skewed in favor of native English speakers. This would take America a long way back toward the infamous 1924 "national origins" system - which Adolf Hitler, among others, praised because of its inherent racial biases in favor of immigrants from the so-called "Nordic" countries of northern Europe.

Tying relief for DACA recipients into an agreement to return to a system of white supremacist immigration of nearly a century ago would in effect be the same as opposing any relief for the DREAMERS at all.

Moreover, by raising the RAISE Act (no pun intended, of course) as a possible bargaining chip in return for agreement on DACA, the Trump administration would not be only showing a lack of interest in reaching making any serious attempt to help the DREAMERS whom Trump himself has had many supportive words for in his recent statements (even while pulling the rug out from under them), but it would be indicating the ultimate purpose of all his immigration policies - namely returning to Europe-only immigration as it was in 1924, or something resembling that system.

One cannot forget that Adolf Hitler was not the only person who wrote (in Mein Kampf) that he supported the 1924 Johnson-Reed immigration act. See, The Guardian (2004):

Hitler's debt to America

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2004/feb/06/race.usa

Donald Trump's own attorney general and top immigration adviser, Jeff Sessions, also supported this same Coolidge-era 1924 law less than 3 years ago in his January, 2015 immigration "Handbook" for Congressional Republicans; and again in a radio interview later that year with Breitbart News editor Stephen Bannon, who would also later (until very recently, when he was finally thrown out) become a top immigration adviser in the Trump administration.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics...ration/512591/

The POLITICO report is available at

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...42778?lo=ap_d1

In which direction will the president go toward from now on - the direction of reason, humanity, racial equality and compassion for minority immigrants which he has indicated in some of his positive recent statements in support of the DREAMERS? See:

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-polit...ca-deal-tweets

Or will he turn back toward the white supremacist foundation for America's immigration system of nearly a century ago, as his own attorney general and the president's alt-right supporters are in effect urging him to do, and as many of his own campaign statements and immigration actions as president have also indicated he prefers?

As an example, for his latest statement in support of a "larger" and "tougher" Muslim ban, see:

http://www.politico.eu/article/donal...lim-countries/

This statement does not exactly indicate any softening or pivoting by the president toward immigration policies that would show more tolerance for non-European immigrants; nor does it indicate acceptance of America's role and, yes, identity, as a diverse, multicultural, multiracial (and multilingual) nation of the 21st century, rather than as a white supremacist country of the past.

Donald Trump cannot go in both directions, forward toward a more tolerant and accepting immigration future based on America's founding principle that all people are created equal, or back toward a white supremacist, Europeans-only immigration past, at the same time.

He must choose one of these directions, or the other.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
algaselex@gmail.com


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Updated 09-16-2017 at 04:39 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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