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Letters of the Week: February 1 - February 5

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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I find it very interesting that almost all the press commentary about Donald Trump's loss in the Iowa caucus on February 1 looks for reasons other than Trump's actual statements, behavior and personality. One comment blames his narrow loss to Cruz on Trump's "unsophisticated" ground game in Iowa. Another article, citing Rubio's strong showing right behind Trump, says that the Republican establishment should not be underestimated. Etcetera. Etcetera.

    But one writer, Huffpost's Amanda Terkel, has put her finger squarely on the reasons for Trump's defeat - the implied decency and good sense of Iowa's Republican voters.

    While, in fairness, pointing out that Trump made an uncharacteristically decent and gracious concession speech after the results came in (without any of the "birther" nonsense about Cruz' supposed lack of "natural born" US citizenship based on his birth in Canada to an American mother) Terkel also wrote:

    "Note to our readers: Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe,. racist, misogynist, birther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims - 1.6 billion members of an entire religion - from entering the

    At least there is one writer who is keeping her eye on the ball. Bravo, Amanda!

    There are still many primaries ahead before we will know for sure if America has dodged the electoral bullets of anti-immigrant xenophobia, white supremacy and authoritarian rule that are coming from the arsenals of Donald Trump and his supporters

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 02-02-2016 at 03:05 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  2. julianort's Avatar
    It's funny how politicians, diplomats and institutions in general will use you and abuse you, and even ask you to chip in $ for electoral campaigns; then then want your vote. But, will they ever say: May I help you? Or: " I got your letter". Well, not a chance. I spent a lot of time and money sending letters (even international FedEx) with my desperate cry for help with my immigration case for my spouse. They all ignored me, as they usually do. They only remember about you when they need you or your money, especially for their paycheck. As a teacher, how can I ask my students to believe in institutions, authorities, etc.? At my old age, I finally understood why extremism exists, illegal immigrants defy the law and many feel a great disbelief regarding the system... ?It?s the authorities, stupid.?
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    The latest news reports say that Trump is now accusing Cruz of "stealing" the Iowa primary through "fraud". Evidently, Trump is not such a gracious loser as it initially seemed from his concession speech.

    Perhaps Trump could use a lesson in democracy, a system which can involve losing elections, not always winning them, as in the dictatorships for which Trump seems to have so much sympathy.

    It may also too be much to expect that someone who has expressed as much hate for Muslim and Latino immigrants as Trump has been doing could be normal or harmless in all other respects.

    Huffington Post blog writer Paul Slansky calls Trump (and I am trying to pick one of the milder things that Slansky says about him):

    " whose myriad hatreds define him like no American has been defined by hate in many decades"

    See Paul Slansky: Trump makes Nixon seem normal

    Slansky's piece is a good starting point for anyone who may be wondering what could be in the future for America, and the world, if a man who owes most, if not all, of his political success to date to spewing anti-immigrant hate and poison ever winds up with his finger on the nuclear trigger.

    Roger Algase
    Atorney at Law
    Updated 02-04-2016 at 11:14 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  4. Peyman Attari's Avatar
    Grassley and Leahy Pawns

    Having read the editorial in the February 1st edition of the Immigration Weekly, titled ?Grassley and Leahy Pawns?, I felt compelled to write to you. In reference to THAT opinion piece, I wanted to tell you what I think THAT is:

    That is one of the best editorials I have read to-date about the state of the EB-5 industry. That is gutsy, gloves-off, no holds barred, and right on target commentary. That is the marching orders to legislators and regulators to get it done already. That?s a five-alarm call to the stakeholders that the fraud and the unscrupulous sales tactics will drag us all down. That?s everything the agents don?t want to hear.

    Really nice piece. Respect!

    Peyman Attari
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