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German Hate Group Holds Anti-Immigrant Rally: Is America Next? By Roger Algase

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Update: October 22, 2015, 9:20 am:

For another important story about the significance of the right wing German anti-immigrant movement, led by PEGIDA (Patriotische Europaeer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes - "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West"), see POLITICO:

German anti-refugee movement sparks fears
: Officials warn a resurgent far right has seized on the crisis to incite hatred and violence (October 19)

http://www.politico.eu/art/asylum-pe...s-as-traitors/

Of course, this would not be the first time in modern German history that an extreme right wing politician has sought to exploit hatred against a particular group of unpopular people in order to seize power. That is why there is so much concern today.

Nor should this concern be limited to Germany or Europe. America now has a presidential candidate who has risen to the top of the primary polls in one of our two major parties by stirring up hate against Latino, Asian and Muslim immigrants and promising a huge border wall with mass deportation on a scale yet unheard of in America's history.

He also wants to take away US citizenship from millions of American-born children, based on their parentage, just as the German politician I am referring to took away citizenship from an entire race of people in the 1930's Nuremberg Laws, before ultimately trying to exterminate them.

(And no, Dr. Ben Carson, giving the Jews guns would not have prevented the Holocaust. Did you ever hear about an event that you might want to do a little historical research into known as the Warsaw Ghetto uprising? The Jews had guns. How many of them survived?)

Germany's democracy did not survive a regime which owed its existence to hatred directed against a particular group of people. If a politician with a similar program comes to power in America, it is not only our immigration system that could be destroyed. Would our democracy survive?

The following post has been revised and expanded as of 9:15 am on October 21:

Huffington Post has published an October 20 Reuters report about a rally of about 15,000 to 20,000 people demonstrating against Middle Eastern immigrants held by the anti-Muslim group PEGIDA outside the historic opera house in the German city of Dresden.

See Germany's Anti-Islam Group Hold Biggest Rally In Months

http://huffingtonpost.com/entry/germ...b0bce34702951a

PEGIDA, according to the above report, almost "fizzled out" last year when its leader resigned after a photo of him posing as Hitler was published.

Also according to the above story, the marchers shouted "Deport! Deport! and "Merkel must go!"

Meanwhile, a counter-demonstration in favor of the refugees with around 14,000 people also took place. One of its leaders was quoted by Reuters as saying:

"We're for diversity and an open, colorful society, not hatred and violence...the people who incite with right-wing slogans add fuel to the fire of the arsonists."

Reuters also quoted Thomas Jaeger, a political scientist at Cologne University, as saying that feeling against people of different cultures is now "being exploited by some political forces."

Could it just possibly be that Germans on both sides are simply being more open about the immigration issue than Americans are? The Germans, at least, don't seem to try as hard as Americans do to pretend that immigration is only about the economy, law enforcement and security, rather than prejudice, pure and simple, against ethnic and religious minorities.

The German PEGIDA organization, whose name in English means
"Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West" may sound like an extremist group of the kind that could never be taken seriously in America.

But is Donald Trump's pledge to send back home any Syrian refugees who might already have been let into America if he becomes president (on what legal grounds?) any less extreme than the cries of "Deport!" "Deport!" in front of the German opera house?

Is Ben Carson's statement that no Muslim could act as president consistent with the US Constitution any less of an expression of hate than PEGIDA's rants against Angela Merkel, who has promised to accept up to a million Syrian refugees into Germany?

And these are the two front-runners for the presidential nomination of one of America's two major political parties.

How long will it be before anti-immigrant extremists move out of the stadiums at Donald Trump or Ben Carson rallies and start taking to the streets of America? And where are the voices of the decent Americans who believe in the guarantees of religious freedom embodied in the First Amendment to our Constitution?

Fifty years ago, the 1965 Immigration Act was adopted based on the principle that prejudice based on race or religion should no longer have any place in America's immigration laws.

Now, some of our leading public figures are trying to turn back the clock. Will one of them be elected president next year? Will the most important reform in the entire history of our immigration laws itself become history?
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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 30 years, he has been helping mainly skilled and professional workers obtain work visas, green cards and US citizenship.

Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com

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Updated 10-23-2015 at 07:30 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Hey, why don't you concentrate more on getting educated on immigration law instead of spending your time on anti-Israel bigotry. In my opinion you need to augment your knowledge of INA in order for your to prevent making arguments again H1B being a non-immigrant visa. I wonder what your clients think of your spending so much time on political activism shifter towards the enemies of Israel.
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    If you actually know anything about the H-1B law, you have done an excellent job of concealing it.

    And your absurd and malicious charge of anti-Israel bigotry (there is not a single word about Israel in my above post - it is about Germany - or can't you tell the difference?) merely underscores your ignorance of what I am writing about - which is arguably the world's most important mass immigration event since WW2, one with profound implications for American, not only European, immigration law and policy.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 10-21-2015 at 01:29 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Wrong again Roger. We all know that H1B is a non-immigrant visa. Care to post the proof of reverse?

    Like I said - Israel is doing a great job by not letting these fake "refugees" in. US should do the same. Moreover, now as president Obama and Czar Putin in agreement how to deal with ISIS it will be over soon. So, a lot of working hands will then be needed to rebuild Syria. I think US should contribute in this humanitarian cause by sending all available "refugees" back to Syria. They are really needed there not here. I will keep calling my representative and senators with that idea.

    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    If you actually know anything about the H-1B law, you have done an excellent job of concealing it.

    And your absurd and malicious charge of anti-Israel bigotry (there is not a single word about Israel in my above post - it is about Germany - or can't you tell the difference?) merely underscores your ignorance of what I am writing about - which is arguably the world's most important mass immigration event since WW2, one with profound implications for American, not only European, immigration law and policy.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Unregistered 222 seems to be hopelessly unable to understand the H-1B concept of "dual intent" under which an H-1B worker can be a "non-immigrant" temporary worker and an "intending immigrant" green card applicant at the same time.

    Sure, this sounds like a contradiction, and it may defy the laws of logic, like many other things in immigration law. But that has in fact been the law for the past 25 years, whether Unregistered 222 is capable of understanding this or not.

    He can try to twist and distort highly technical legal terms of art such as "non-immigrant" visa around as much as he wants, but to use an old Yiddish expression: Es vet dir gornisht helfen ("It won't help you.")

    Unregistered 222 also wants to keep dragging Israel into the picture, even though my posts are only about refugee issues affecting Europe and America.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 10-22-2015 at 09:52 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  5. Unregistered777's Avatar
    It would be extremely entertaining witnessing an anti-immigrant rally lead by Mr. Trump in Los Angeles, CA...not even sure if LAPD and other agencies will be able to provide the needed protection for Trump and his sympathizers.

    One thing is sure: Donald Trump is indeed one of finest reality show characters that mainstream media has produced in recent years and he knows how to keep entertained and distracted the brute and ignorant masses in America.

    "People as uninformed and as gullible as Americans have no future. Americans are a dead people that history is about to run over." Dr. Paul Craig Roberts - November 20, 2014.
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Donald Trump is tapping into what is unfortunately a long American tradition of hate and intolerance toward immigrants and other minorities. From the time of the anti-Irish Know-Nothings in the mid-19th century, through the anti-Asian, anti-Jewish and anti- African-American demagogues of the 20th century up until the 1960's civil rights movement, all too many politicians and media figures have tried to build careers by appealing to prejudice.

    In the 1920 and 1930's there was the anti-Semitic Henry Ford, another successful business mogul, who wrote about an "international Jewish conspiracy".

    He was followed by Father Charles Coughlin and Gerald L. K. Smith. In the 1950's and 1960's white supremacist Alabama Governor George Wallace, with his cry of "Segregation Forever", became America's most famous bigot.

    Now, in the post civil rights era, we still have Patrick Buchanan, with his history of anti-Jewish and anti-Latino writing, and, of course, Ann Coulter, who has recently written that Mexican immigrants are a greater danger to America than ISIS.

    And these names are only the tip of the iceberg. It would be dangerous to dismiss Trump as a buffoon who can never get elected. Many people thought the same thing about a certain right wing German politician back in the 1920's, who was also satirized and made fun of, even to the point of being the subject of a famous comic movie by Charlie Chaplin. We all (except perhaps for another bigoted, demagogic presidential candidate, Ben Carson, who thinks that the NRA could have prevented the Holocaust), know what happened next.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 10-22-2015 at 01:32 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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