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Far Right Islamophobic Parties Set to Take Power in Austria. What Do They Tell Us About Trump's Immigration Agenda? Roger Algase

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Update, October 17, 5:06 pm:

Judge Derrick Watson of the Federal District Court in Hawaii has blocked implementation of the president's latest version of the Muslim entry ban, except for the two non-Muslim countries on the list, North Korea and Venezuela, which would not have been affected by the ban to any noticeable extent anyway, and which were obviously thrown in to the latest order purely as window dressing.

In essence the Court ruled that the latest version of the ban does not differ materially from the discredited first two versions, in terms of discriminatory intent against the Muslim religion and abuse of presidential power in issuing the ban.

POLITICO'S news story and link to the full 40-page decision can be accessed at:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/1...n-order-243875

Judging from the news story (I have not yet read the full decision), and from court actions regarding previous versions of Trump's Muslim ban, the bedrock American Constitutional principle of separation of powers is still working well enough in this country to prevent Trump from banning immigrants from entering the US solely because of their adherence to a major religion with some 1.6 billion members throughout the world, purely by executive diktat.

I am not familiar enough with the workings of the Austrian system of government to know whether the courts in that country have enough power to protect against similar religious bigotry on the part of the executive or legislature.

In all likelihood, especially if the so-called Freedom Party, which was reportedly founded by former Nazis, is invited to join the government along with the equally Islamophobic People's party (see my comments below) there would not be any independent checks on the power of the government to bar Muslim refugees or immigrants.

We all know where similar attitudes, and lack of effective checks against racial/religious bigotry on the part of a given country's Leadership (Fuehrer) toward a different minority (one which claims descent from the same Middle Eastern patriarch, Abraham, that Muslims also look back to) led to in the past in Europe.

For this reason, it is all the more essential for the United States to preserve its Constitutional principles of freedom of religion and separation of powers, which are now threatened by our current president as never before, at least in our modern history, if ever.

My earlier comment appears below.

The following comment has been updated and expanded as of October 17 at 9:56 am:

Sebastian Kurz, the 31-year old leader of the right wing Austrian People's Party, has been elected as the next Chancellor of Austria, largely by exploiting fears and animosity against Muslim refugees. His election has raised fears that he may partner with an even farther right wing party with even more extreme anti-Muslim right wing views, the Freedom Party, which was originally founded by ex-Nazis (real ones, not "Neo-Nazis" such as the ones who demonstrated in Charlottesville) in order to form a new government in Austria.

The possibility that the two right wing parties, which came in first and second in the election by trying to outdo each other in promising harsh action to close Austria's borders to Muslim immigrants, might join together to form a government, was worrying to the leaders of Jewish organizations in particular, given that country's past history.

Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, issued the following statement regarding the Freedom Party's anti-Muslim immigrant platform:

"It is sad and distressing that such a platform should receive more than a quarter of the vote and become the country's second party...It is still full of xenophobes and racists and is, mildly put, very ambiguous toward Austria's Nazi past. My only hope is that they won't end up in government."

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallel...new-chancellor

Donald Trump also won power in large part by exploiting fear and prejudice against Muslim immigrants. His administration is still fighting in the Supreme Court and other federal courts for the power to ban almost all immigration from a number of almost 100 percent Muslim countries, using constantly shifting pretexts ("terror sponsorship", replaced by "extreme vetting") for the ban.

For the latest developments in the federal District Court in Maryland concerning the Trump administration's ongoing Orwellian attempts to convince the courts that the latest version of Trump's Muslim ban executive orders is not really a Muslim ban based on religion, just as the WW2 Japanese-American internment order (mentioned by Maryland District Judge Chuang during the October 16 oral argument) was a "ban" based on race, see:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/1...aryland-243840

Trump is also escalating his rhetoric and executive orders to try to exclude more and more non-white immigrants from every part of the world through his support of the heavily Eurocentric RAISE Act.

Most recently, he has also launched an assault against family immigration, which benefits legal immigrants who are mainly from Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and which Trump refers to by the same derogatory term "Chain Migration" favored by the Alt-Right, Neo-Nazis and other American white supremacists.

http://thehill.com/latino/355654-tru...tion-proposals

For an example of the use of ​"Chain Migration" as a pejorative term referring to family immigration by non-European immigrants, see the following article in the publication American Renaissance, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified as having been associated with white supremacist and white nationalist views, See:

https://www.amren.com/news/2017/09/i...ain-migration/

and

https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-h...an-renaissance

Could the Austrian election be a warning of the direction in which America could be heading - in which the same kind of bigotry against minority immigrants becomes the country's governing policy in the US as is now taking place in that central European one, with all of its dark history from the not-so-distant past?

And if this happens, will America's democracy be strong enough to survive the effects of a government based on a foundation of racial and religious discrimination, such as that which led to the extinction of freedom in Europe within the living memory of many people today, and which many people are worried could happen again in the near future?

Or will America go the way of what Senator John McCain (R-AZ), in an obvious reference to Donald Trump and his immigration policies, called:

"...some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems"

and which McCain also condemned as

"unpatriotic as an attachment to any tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history"

while also saying:

"We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil." ?

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/16/john-mccain-nationalism-constitution-243848?lo=ap_b1


Where did the phrase "Blood and Soil" which McCain, in his above remarks, in effect accused the Trump administration as adopting as its policy toward immigrants and other racial minorities in America (including Puerto Rican US citizens, whom Trump is still, horrifyingly, blaming for their own misfortune in the wake of the climate change related worst hurricane in their history),

http://www.politico.com/magazine/sto...p-maria-215718

come from?

Ask the founders of Austria's extreme right wing Freedom Party, which may now be on the verge of becoming part of that country's government.

They would know what "Blood and Soil" (Blut und Boden in German) means.

Any readers who do not know the origin of this phrase, which the US Neo-Nazi white supremacists whom Donald Trump was so reluctant to condemn also chanted at their Charlottesville rally, can find out at:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/12/us/cha...lly/index.html
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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 practice is concentrated primarily on H-1B specialty occupation and O-1 extraordinary ability work visas, J-1 training visas and green cards through Labor Certification (PERM) and though opposite sex or same sex marriage and other family relationships. His email address is algaselex@gmail.com

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Updated 10-17-2017 at 08:00 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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