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Back to 1924? Rivera: Purpose of Trump's Wall is to Make US Less Hispanic; Stephen Miller Plans to Ban Most Non-White Immigrants. Roger Algase

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Immigrant advocacy group ThinkProgress reports that popular Fox News Host Geraldo Rivera has publicly admitted an obvious fact that every single politician, media reporter and immigration analyst in America, from the president on down, of course has to know, but has been unwilling to say in public, because of a taboo against speaking the truth on this issue which no one is apparently willing to break.

This fact is that Donald Trump's border Wall has little or nothing to do with preventing drug cartels or criminal gangs from coming to America, despite Trump's attempts to vilify all Latino immigrants as MS-13 "animals". Instead, it has everything to with what Rivera euphemistically calls putting a stop to America's "changing demographic makeup", i.e. keeping Latino and other brown immigrants out of the US.

This is Rivera's statement made in the course of a Fox News segment, as the above site reports:

https://thinkprogress.org/geraldo-ri...-c809f1b227bb/

"The wall, I think, will cut down on the 'Juan and Maria,' the fruit picker, the you know, the babysitter, the lawnmower, the dishwasher - those immigrants will be, I think, kept out by the wall."

Rivera added:

"Psychologically,we need the wall on the southern border because we are scared that the demographic makeup of the country is changing...There are so many people coming in, We need some enforcement."

At least Rivera is being honest when he says that the opposition to immigration isn't about crime or the economy (where would America be without agricultural, child care and food service workers?) but it is about skin color and keeping America white.

Rivera's comments apply not only to the Wall, but to Trump's entire immigration agenda, which, as I have shown in numerous previous ilw.com comments, has the same purpose. And, with all due respect to this well-known TV figure, there appears to be something missing in his sense of history.

This is not the first time that America has built a "Wall" against immigrants in order to stop changes in this country's demographic makeup. We once had such a "Wall", known as the "National Origins" immigration act of 1924. This law, which remained on the books until 1965, among many other things kept out thousands of Jewish refugees who were trying to escape the Nazis. Many of those refugess died in Hitler's ovens and gas chambers as a result.

The same openly bigoted law also barred Italian, Polish, and all other Southern and European immigrants, as well as most other immigrants of the world who were not from the "Nordic" countries of Western Europe in order to preserve America's perceived "demographic makeup".

Today, Trump and his supporter rant and rave about "MS-13". They would do well to study up a little more on the history of another MS - the MS St. Louis.

This was a ship carrying Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany in 1939 which was barred from landing in the US and forced to return to Hitler's Europe. Most of the passengers subsequently died in Nazi extermination camps - so America could maintain its "demographic makeup."

The above is only one of countless examples showing that appealing to hatred and prejudice to keep minority immigrants out of the United States on whatever pretexts is nothing new - nor has it by any means disappeared, as Donald Trump's current speeches and actions are continually showing.

Greg Sargent sums up these policies as follows in his July 13 Washington Post column with the title:

Trump's cruelty and hate are creating a defining moment for Democrats

"We know from three years of public and private statements from Trump that the desire to keep away desperate people fleeing horrible conditions - and the efforts to cut legal immigration, and the thinly veiled Muslim ban - are rooted in white nationalism, bigotry and hate."

(I do not have a direct link - please go to Google to access.)

This is what many of Donald Trump's supporters really mean when they worry about the effect of immigration on America's "demographics" due to the fact that most of today's immigrants are coming from non-white parts of the world - a statistic which the Center for Immigration Studies which advocates for substantial reductions in immigration, confirms in a recent report:

https://cis.org/Report/US-Immigrant-...7-Million-2016

Meanwhile, America's Voice, on June 25, decribes the numerous connections that Trump's top immigration guru (or Svengali), Stephen Miller, has managed to form and maintain even though he is only 32 years old, and on the ominous ways in which these associations, as well as Miller's own racist attitudes toward Hispanics (going back to his high school days, according to many reports) have influenced his plans for putting Trump's own Eurocentric ("Countries like Norway") immigration agenda into action. See Is Stephen Miller a White Nationalist?

https://americasvoice.org/blog/steph...e-nationalist/

This report leaves no doubt as to the white supremacist ideology which led to the disastrous "zero tolerance" family separation program that has without question left lifetime scars on up to more than 2,000 children, many of whom have still not been reunited with their families after having been held in shackles in dog cages and ICE boxes, in what can only be called as an act of ethnic cleansing which Miller is widely believed to be responsible for and had strongly defended.

But that was far from being Miller's only plan to keep America white by barring Hispanics and other immigrants of color, legal as well as illegal. In the above cited report, America's Voice lists the full extent of his agenda as follows:

- Implementing a Muslim bad (which Stephen Miller wrote)

- Turning away asylum-seekers at the border, even women and children fleeing violence, though this is a violation of international law

- Separating and detaining children at the United States Mexico border

- Deporting mothers and fathers who have lived in the US for decades, who have U.S. citizen children, and who have committed no crimes

- Cancelling temporary protected status (TPS) for the hundreds of thousands of immigrant-Americans that the program protects

- Drastically reducing the number of refugees admitted by the United States

- Eliminating the diversity visa

- Changing 'legal' immigration routes like family migration https://americasvoice.org/blog/family-migration/

This list did not include, but might well have included, the devastating attack that the Miller/Trump administration is launching against legal skilled and professional immigrants from every part of the world by vastly increasing waiting times, the number of groundless RFE's and other obstacles put in only for the purpose of obstruction and delay in order to discourage and exclude the very same "merit-based" immigrants whom Trump claims to be favoring as an excuse for trying to eliminate most family and all diversity immigration.

I will be writing about this last feature of the Miller/Trump agenda in more detail beginning in September.

The above America's Voice report summarizes Miller's role as follows:

"Stephen Miller has used his position in the Trump White House to push through an anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim agenda that has received praise from hate and extremist groups...

Miller's troubling ties to white nationalist Richard Spencer and anti-immigrant jate groups...show the direct line to power that extremists have in this administration."

If and when the revulsion of the American people against this administration's white supremacist immigration policies, of which Miler is very arguably the chief architect, reaches the point where impeaching Donald Trump starts to be taken more seriously (as I will also be writing about in more detail next month); surely, appointing someone with Miller's views and agenda, not to mention his role in the child separation policy which has, not without justification, been called a "crime against humanity",* to such a high position and giving him so much control over immigration policy should be included in one of the Articles of Impeachment against the president.

I wish all ilw.com readers a good remainder of the month of August and will look forward to resuming my comments in after Labor Day.

*With regard to whether or not the Miller/Trump/Sessions child separation policy met the definition of a "crime against humanity", a June, 2016 Yale Law School Human Rights Clinic article argues that the way in which the administration of President Obama (whose own cruelties and abuses against detained immigrant families very arguably formed the basis of and paved the way for Donald Trump's inhuman actions - something which does not in any way excuse or justify what Trump is doing now)treated legitimate asylum seekers, including the use of indefinite detention and expedited removal, amounts to this crime. For a further discussion of this issue and link to the Yale Law School analysis, see:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/...-humanity.html
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Roger Algase, a New York immigration attorney and graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, who has been practicing in this field for 40 years, is a lawyer with two obsessions: obtaining legal visas and green cards for mainly skilled and professional immigrants; and writing about the dangers to America's immigration system and our democracy from the current administration's pursuit of ethnic cleaning against non-white immigrants - both legal and unauthorized, as well as their American children.

Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com












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Updated 08-10-2018 at 09:48 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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