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Trump's Betrayal: Millions of Americans May Lose Social Security, Other Safety Nets, in Return for Supporting Racist Immigration Agenda. Roger Algase

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Update: December 26, 9:16 am:

Millions of Americans may soon pay a terrible price for supporting Trump's increasingly openly racist immigration policies in the 2016 election by losing their Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and many other safety net programs in order to reduce a budget deficit of over a trillion dollars that has just been created by the huge Republican tax giveaway for the wealthiest GOP campaign contributors.

This enormous Christmas gift to Trump's wealthiest backers, which the president reportedly boasted to them about as making them "a lot richer" in a comment at his Mar-a-Lago resort

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-m...hristmas-trip/

was passed by the Republican Congress on December 20 without a single Democratic vote and signed into Law by Trump on December 22.

As predicted by the tax bill's Democratic opponents, Republican leaders, especially House Speaker Ryan, are losing no time at all in making plans to destroy the social safety net programs, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other "entitlements" on which millions of Americans who voted for Trump because of his promises to reduce or cut off immigration from non-white parts of the world and to deport millions of Latin American, Asian, Caribbean and African immigrants depend for their financial security, in order to reduce the enormous budget deficit which Trump and the Congressional Republicans themselves haves just created by their huge tax giveaway to the rich.


https://www.vox.com/policy-and-polit...ocial-security

But how did so many American voters who stood to lose so much put Trump and his party in a position where they can do such terrible damage to the economic welfare and standard of living of the great majority of Americans who are not billionaire plutocrats?

The answer is that many millions of American voters let themselves be taken in by Trump's racist siren song of demonizing Mexican, Muslim and Asian immigrants as "criminals", "rapists". "drug dealers" "terrorists" who also "steal American jobs". For the latest (December 26) article by Salon.com writer Chauncey DeVega, on how Trump's appeal was and continues to be based on open and blatant racism, especially toward immigrants, see:

https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-po...l-trump-racist

My original December 21 comment appears below.

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump claimed that our current immigration system, which has allowed tens of millions of people of all ethnic origins, skin colors, religions, occupations and income levels to come to the United States legally during the past fifty years, without (very much) discrimination based on race or national origin, in contrast to the northern Europeans only 1924 immigration law which had been in effect for the previous four decades, was:

"nothing more than a giveaway to the corporate patrons who run both parties".


He also promised:

"Real immigration reform puts the needs of working people first - not wealthy globetrotting donors."

Both of the above statements are still on Trump's campaign website, which has not been taken down, under the heading:

Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again

https://assets.donaldjtrump.com/Immi...form-Trump.pdf

On December 20, the American people found out what a cynical lie the above statements about immigration were when, with Trump's active support, the Republican party rammed through a tax "reform" bill that gives huge tax breaks to its wealthiest campaign donors and to America's biggest corporations without any discussion or debate, and without much indication that most of the legislators who voted for the bill even knew what was in it.

The bill, which Trump is now about to sign into law. will also create at least a trillion dollar deficit that is already being used as an excuse for Republican plans to cut back on or eliminate Medicare, Social Security and many other government programs on which America's middle class and working class people depend.

For for just of the many analyses of the bill which have appeared which show the appalling deceptiveness and betrayal of Trump's fraudulent promises to better the lives of America's middle class and working class citizens by fighting back against the wealthy "corporate elite" on immigration, among other issues, see the following article by Steve Pressman, Professor of Economics at Colorado State University:

GOP tax plan doubles down on policies that are crushing the middle class

https://theconversation.com/gop-tax-...le-class-89047

Pressman writes:

"Specifically, the plan [Republican tax bill] will significantly reduce taxes on the wealthy and large companies, which will have to be paid for with large spending cuts in everything from children's health an education to unemployment insurance and social security. Tax cuts will require the government to borrow more money, which will push up interest rates and require middle income households to pay more in interest on their credit cards or to buy a car or home."

Pressman continues:

"The benefits of the Republican tax bill go primarily to the very wealthy, who will get 83 per cent of the gains by 2027 according to the Tax Policy Center, a non-partisan think tank.

Meanwhile, more than half of poor and middle class households will see their taxes rise over the next ten years; the rest will receive only a small fraction of the total tax benefits."


See also two articles n the Washington Post:

The age of betrayal is back
(E.J. Dionne Jr. , December 20)

and

Trump just admitted the GOP's tax cuts were deceptively sold (Aaron Blake, December 20)

(Both of the above W.P. articles are available through Google.)

But what does tax policy have to do with a site that is devoted to immigration law, not economic issues? As the ancient Greek poet Hesiod wrote some 2,700 years ago, long before the beginning of the current era:

alla tiei moi tauta peri drun ei peri petron

("What is this to me more than an oak or a rock?")

The answer is two-fold. First, it shows that Trump, with the support of his party, was able to appeal to the anti-immigrant racial prejudices of large sections of the American electorate to persuade them to vote against their own economic interests - something for which which millions of white voters (including some Latino and even a few Muslim US citizens) who supported Trump will be paying a very heavy price in the years to come.

But beyond that, the tax bill shows cements the unholy alliance - devil's bargain would be a better word - between the plutocratic wing of the Republican party, which is not necessarily anti-immigrant (and to this extent only, there may be a very few tiny grains of truth in Trump's above statement); and the white nationalist wing of the party, which cares most of all about making America white again by expelling millions of brown skinned immigrants and barring the gates against legal immigrants from outside Europe.

As a writer by the name of Kuver Sinha wrote in May, 2016, when Trump was still on this way to the Republican presidential nomination:

"The modern Republican party is a precarious arrangement between two competing class interests: much of the (white) business elite and large swathes of the white working class, particularly in rural areas. The alliance between these two natural class enemies is forged through several factors, the principal one being racism."

Sinha continues:

"The business elite promotes neo-liberal economics and dismantles the social safety net; the Republican-voting white working class has traditionally lended support to the elite during elections, even as it watches its wages stagnate, its seniors go penniless, and its healthcare ruined by an unforgiving healthcare industry. This arrangement is sustained through the narrative of racism -"

And, further:

"The hostility of the white working class to any expansion of the social safety net is rooted in the perception that African Americans, and, increasingly, 'illegal immigrants' are the primary undeserving recipients of such services...

The Republican party is this led by a tiny neoliberal/neocon elite who maintain their hold over the brutalized masses through the twin legs of racism and Christian fundamentalism."


https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05...mp-phenomenon/

It would be hard to find a clearer explanation of why America now has a president who is a) about to sign a tax bill into law that will have a devastating economic effect on millions of white Americans who voted for him in large part because of his promise to expel millions of non-white immigrants from the US and close its doors to legal non-white immigration; and b) who is also supporting the RAISE Act which would return this country to a mainly Europeans only immigration system, such as the one that America had for 40 years beginning in 1924.

I will return to this subject in a forthcoming comment.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
algaselex@gmail.com


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Updated 12-26-2017 at 01:55 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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