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Trump's Border Wall is Racially Divisive and "Environmentally Catastrophic". But It Will Benefit Americans - Wall Street CEO's. Roger Algase

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The following comment has been revised and expanded as of November 18 at 9:26 pm.

One of the main arguments in favor of Trump's anti immigrant agenda is that ramping up deportations (such as in the case of CBP guards who recently waited outside a hospital room to arrest an undocumented 10 year old Mexican girl with cerebral palsy); barring certain grandparents of Muslim US citizens from entering the US (as Trump's DOJ unsuccessfully argued in favor of doing in federal circuit courts); backing the RAISE Act (which would cut off most family and less skilled immigration from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America); while at the same time Trump seeks to reduce or eliminate H-1B and other high skilled immigration (mainly from Asia) through his "Hire American" executive order, are all meant to benefit Americans.

This is based on the false and demagogic propositions, which Trump has urged from the time that he began his candidacy with a vicious attack against Mexican immigrants as "criminals", "rapists" and drug dealers up to the present moment, that the interests of "immigrants" (by which he means primarily Latin American, Asian, Middle Eastern and African immigrants - see vox.com article below) and American citizens are inherently opposed to each other; and that immigrants are to blame for most, if not all, of America's problems.

https://www.vox.com/2016/6/14/119205...igrants-muslim

There is no greater sign of Trump's antagonism and contempt toward Latin American and other non-white immigrants than Trump's pet project, his Mexican border Wall. The Wall, even though as yet unfunded, has become a symbol of his policy of inflaming racial tensions and exploiting racial prejudices, just as the Berlin Wall was a symbol of Communist tyranny and the Warsaw Ghetto Wall was a symbol of Nazi genocide against the Jewish people.

In addition to being a symbol of racial hatred and humiliation, Trump's Wall has also been labelled as "environmentally catastrophic" by thinkprogress.org, because it would cross through wildlife refuges and national parks, and require waiving dozens of environmental protection laws in the affected areas, including the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Air Act.

https://thinkprogress.org/border-com...-25266cc2b216/

But Trump claims that the Wall, like the rest of his anti-immigrant agenda, will benefit the American people.

Which Americans might those be? Certainly not the landowners along the American side of the border who are suing the federal government to stop the Wall's destruction of their property.

Certainly not ordinary working class and middle class Americans, whose minimum wage and union rights are being bitterly opposed by Trump and his GOP supporters, even as they push for legislation which would cause tens of millions of average Americans to lose their health insurance and pay higher income taxes.

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-bl...y-thinks-about

But surely there must be some Americans who are benefiting from Trump's Wall, which is the most prominent symbol of his attempt to move America back in the direction of the 1924 white Europeans only immigration regime which governed US immigration policy for the next forty years until it was finally abolished in 1965.

But who are these lucky American citizens who will not only benefit from Trump's Mexican Border Wall, but may actually reap a huge bonanza from it? Where can we find them?

The answer is not so mysterious. We can find the people who may stand to make millions off of the Border Wall - on Wall Street and in the boardrooms of other big companies which are investing heavily in a company which is engaged in build a prototype for Trump's Wall.

According to a November 16 article in alternet.org, this company is called Sterling Construction, and it is receiving financing not only from a company owned by far-right billionaire and Trump backer Robert Mercer, but also by BlackRock, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. The latter two companies are also, according to the same story, big financial supporters of the private prison industry, which incarcerates thousands of immigrants in what has been called "nightmarish conditions".

https://www.salon.com/2017/05/16/pri...shows_partner/

For further details, see:

Wall Street Stands to Make a Killing From Building Trump's Border Wall: Report: Hate is profitable for the Mercers, BlackRock, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo


http://www.alternet.org/immigration/...er-wall-report

The Alternet article also warns about "a growing alignment between the financial elite and the white nationalist right". ilw.com readers may recall another country where a similar "alignment" took place - in 1930's Germany.

Trump has often been accused of making untruthful statements about immigrants and immigration. But when he says that the American people will benefit from his Border Wall, no one can claim that he is misleading the public. Trump is absolutely right - as long as we are clear about which Americans will be benefiting the most.

Just in case there are still any doubts about who these Americans are, Alternet quotes one immigration advocate, Ana Maria Archila of the Center for Popular Democracy, as follows:

"It's always been clear that Trump's border wall had no real benefit or justification - and now it's clear that it could serve to further enrich his wealthy friends."


Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
algaselex@gmail.com


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Updated 11-18-2017 at 10:38 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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