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Trump Calls for DACA "Bill of Love". But He Wants to End Visa Programs for Black Immigrants From "Shithole Countries". Roger Algase

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Update: January 16, 5:00 pm.

A correction to my comment below quoting the president of the United States' racist comment about Haitian and African immigrants may be in order. According to a January 15 report in The Guardian, Trump may have used the term "shithouse" countries instead of "shithole" countries in referring to the above parts of the world.

I always try to quote the president and anyone else I mention in my comments correctly, and I apologize to readers if I quoted Trump inaccurately by saying that he accused black immigrants of coming from "shithole" countries, when he reportedly might really have said "shithouse" instead.

My previous comments follow:

Update, January 11, 11:01 pm:

As reported by nearly every major news outlet in America, Trump hot a new low in deranged racist ranting against immigrants of color when he made the following comment at a January 11 White House meeting on DACA and related immigration issues:

"What do we want Haitians here for?
Why do we want all these people from Africa here? Why do we want all these people from shithole countries?...We should have people from places like Norway."

Before Trump's above horrifying, venomous attack on black immigrants, which revealed the full, despicable depths of Trump's racist views and how they underpin his entire immigration agenda, while dragging all of America into the cesspool of hatred in the depths of Trump's own dark psyche, I wrote the following comments, which Trump has now just made obsolete with his vile expression of hate against immigrants of color.

My original comment is as follows:

In an open, bipartisan, televised White House meeting on January 9, Trump showed a remarkable and welcome example of democracy in action by appearing to welcome suggestions on immigration by Senators and Representatives on both sides of the immigration issue and suggesting that the two parties are not far apart on a solution for DACA and even a larger Comprehensive Immigration Reform Deal.

Trump also called for a "Bill of Love" on DACA.

The meeting did a great deal to dispel the closed-off, rigid, authoritarian image of a president with an inflexible white nationalist bias against immigrants from non-European parts of the world which Trump has built up during the past 2 and a half years in many of his other statements and actions as a presidential candidate and president.

Perhaps most encouraging of all for immigration advocates, Trump drew withering criticism from columnist Ann Coulter, a strong opponent of all immigration from what she has called the "Third World", i.e. non-European countries. Coulter tweeted that Trump's "DACA lovefest" hurt him more than anything in a recent book by journalist Michael Wolff which questions the president's mental stability, as The Guardian also reports in the above story.

However, a closer look at the details of the meeting, as also reported above, shows that if Coulter was afraid that Trump was changing his support for an agenda of reducing immigration to the US from outside Europe, she did not have much to worry about.

According to the same news story:

"[Trump]...said that a compromise must include an end to the family-based immigration policy, which he refers to as 'chain migration', and the elimination of the 'visa lottery' program, which he mischaracterized as an initiative that allows countries to 'give you the people they don't want.'"

This continues Trump's recent policy of attacking and demonizing millions of legal family immigrants and Diversity Visa lottery immigrants who have come to the United States in the past few decades and made major contributions to American society. Yes, there are no doubt a small number of these immigrants who have committed crimes, with a crime rate that, according to some studies, is lower than that of native born US citizens.

And two members of these immigrant groups, one family-based immigrant who came to the US as a child and later on became radicalized and killed 8 people in a terror attack; and another, radicalized, Diversity Visa immigrant, who tried to commit a terror attack are now being held up as examples by the president of the "danger" allegedly presented by some 30 or 40 million family immigrants and more than a million Diversity Visa immigrants who have used these two visa programs.

As noted immigration law professor and former USCIS general counsel Stephen Legomsky wrote in an opinion piece discussed in ny January 9 Immigration Daily comment, this makes no sense at all. Neither does Trump's wild and delusional claim that the deranged lone wolf immigrant who ran over and killed 8 people recently in New York had sponsored 22 or 23 of his relatives for immigrant visas make any sense.

As I also pointed out in a previous
Immigration Daily comment, even the well known anti-immigrant advocate Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, who basically supports Trump's immigration agenda, said that Trump's claim was impossible or made no sense.

What is the real reason why Trump and many of his fellow Republicans want to end "Chain Migration?

Dana Lind explains on on December 29, 2017:

"For people whose biggest fear regarding immigration is that immigrants will change the face of America - that they'll trample the country's 'traditionally' white, Christian majority - there's little more potent than the idea of immigrants bringing over huge families, replanting their communities whole in American soil."

For the past half century, ever since the landmark 1965 immigration reform law abolished the openly racist "national origins" immigration quotas of the 1924 immigration act which had cut off immigration from most parts of the word outside of norther Europe, family immigration has been the foundation of America's immigration policy.

Trump's attempts to demonize tens of millions of legal family immigrants and over a million legal immigrants who have come to the United States through the Diversity Visa as "criminals" and "terrorists" because of the actions of exactly two individuals only who have used these visas is just one more part of his agenda of moving back toward the almost exclusively whites only immigration regime of 100 years ago.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law

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Updated 01-16-2018 at 03:59 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I am encouraged that Roger is willing to acknowledge Trump's efforts to bring the parties together on a solution for the DACA dilemma. However, I disagree completely with his nonsense about chain migration being an effort to maintain the country's white Christian majority.

    Trump just wants to restrict family-based immigration to the nuclear family, spouses and minor children. The other relatives would have to use some other basis for immigrating, just as everyone else in the world has to if they want to immigrate to the United States. In other words, they just won't get preferential treatment any more.

    This is not a new concern. The chairman of the bipartisan U.S. Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy, Reverend Theodore Hesburgh, said in 1981, that we should not continue a preference system that makes an ever-increasing demand for visas that is disproportionate to the number of visas available. This creates unacceptably long backlogs.

    As of November 2017, there were 4 million aliens with approved family-based visa petitions on the visa waiting list, and that list will grow exponentially when we have a legalization program.

    But the primary basis for Trump's policy is his view that immigration should be based on a merit system. We can't take everyone, so let's select the ones that will be of most benefit to our country by using the kind of merit based systems that are being used in Canada and Australia.

    It if fine to disagree and argue for retaining the present system, despite the fact that it is not working very well. But calling it a way to maintain white supremacy is just another way of saying Trump is a bigot, so everything he does is bigoted. Argumentum ad hominem.

    Nolan Rappaport
    Updated 01-10-2018 at 09:29 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Revised response, as of January 11, at 11:13 pm.

    In view of Trump's horrifying, utterly despicable attack on black immigrants and their "shithole countries" quoted above, and reported in almost every major new outlet in America, there cannot be any other possible conclusion other than that Trump is a vile bigot and racist, and that every additional moment that he sits in the Oval Office to continue spewing his hatred and venom against immigrants of color is a disgrace to America and to Americans of every race, color and creed.

    Stating the obvious fact that Trump's entire immigration policy is motivated by this kind of despicable racism, which echoes Adolf Hitler in holding a "Nordic" country (Norway) out as an example of racial purity in immigration, is not an "ad hominem" attack. It is simple reality, which Trump has now confirmed out of his own mouth

    My earlier comment follows:

    The argument that somehow family immigration in its present form is bad for America (Trump called it "horrible" in a recent tweet - does Nolan agree with that?) is just a warmed over version of the bigoted "national origins" strategy of almost 100 years ago which was used in the 1924 immigration act to keep out Jews, Asians and almost all other non-"Nordic" immigrants without actually mentioning race or religion in the statute.

    The supporters of reducing "chain migration" know very well from the history of the past 50 years which countries and areas of the world would be most adversly affected by making large cuts in family immigration and eliminating the Diversity visa lottery - they would not be white, European countires.

    I have also written on the hypocrisy of Trump's claim that he only favors "merit-based" immigration, while at the same time attacking the H-1B visa, which is more than 80 percent used by Chinese and Indian professionals, which benefits the most highly skilled, highly educated immigrants and which Trump said during the campaign that he wanted to abolish. I refer readers to my January 6 comment:

    Moreover, if Trump were only interested in a different conceptual approach to immigration instead of inflaming hatred and prejudice against non-white, non Christian immigrants, he would not be blaming 30 or 40 million family based immigrants for the recent terror attack by one such immigrant. Nor would he be inventing an utterly fictitious, delusional story that the NYC Halloween attacker sponsored 22 or 23 relatives to come to the US though family-based visas.

    As I have pointed out elsewhere, even Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, which for many years has supported vastly reduced immigration along Trump's own current lines, and which agrees with most or all of Trump's policies, said that this claim by Trump was "impossible."

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 01-12-2018 at 03:56 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    This comment has been revised and updated as of January 11 at 10:30 pm in the light of Trump's disgusting, appalling, horrifying attack on black immigrants earlier the same day as reported in multiple media outlets and not denied by the White House:

    Specifically, Trump made the following comments at a White House discussion of DACA and related immigration issues:

    "What do we want Haitians here for? Why do we want all these people from Africa here? hy do we want all these people from shithole countries?...We should have people from places like Norway."

    Can there still be any doubt why Trump is so insistent about wanting to end "Chain Migration" - and the Diversity Visa lottery which has been especially helpful helpful to immigrants from Africa?

    Here are Trump's comments about "chain migration", as reported in a recent New York Times interview:

    "We have to get rid of chainlike immigration, we have to get rid of the chain. The chain is the last guy that killed...The last guy that killed the eight people...So badly wounded people...Twenty-two
    people came in through chain migration. Chain migration and the lottery system. They have a lottery in those countries.

    They take the worst people in the country, they put 'em in the lottery, then they have a handful of bad, worse ones, and they put them out. 'Oh, these are the people the United States...'...We're gonna get rid of the lottery..."

    Anyone with the slightest knowledge of family immigration and the Diversity lottery knows that this barely coherent statement which Trump made during an impromptu interview at his Mar-a-Lago resort, but which is consistent with other similar statements he has made about these same visas, is a bald, barefaced lie from beginning to end.

    Foreign government do not pick Diversity lottery winners or throw their "worst people" into the lottery. That is delusional nonsense, along with the equally weird claim that the Halloween NYC attacker had sponsored 22 (or 23) relatives for immigrant visas.

    As I have pointed out above, even Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a long time advocate of sharply reduced immigration, who generally supports Trump's immigration agenda, was quoted as saying:

    "There's no way that in seven years someone would be able to bring 23 people to the United States. Chain migration doesn't work that fast."

    But when Trump made these statements, he surely knew that the countries he was talking about as sources of "chain migration" and the Diversity lottery were, with few exceptions, not white European countries.

    This is not only delusional language, but it is also the language of hate. There is no possible justification for this kind of language - especially coming from a president of the United States.

    Inflammatory statements of this type, with their obvious racial connotations, simply cannot be excused by blaming them on defective "staff research" or staff preparation.

    This is pure Donald Trump fantasy, the language of a demagogue at his worst, not a rational discussion of the relative merits of family or Diversity lottery immigration as compared with some other forms of immigration.

    After Trump's vicious, vulgar and venomous attack on black immigrants as reported above and confirmed in virtually every major news outlet in the United States (maybe not Fox News) there cannot possibly be any other word that is adequate to describe Trump and his immigration agenda except for one word only - Bigot.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 01-11-2018 at 09:35 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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