ILW.COM - the immigration portal Immigration Daily

Home Page


Immigration Daily

Archives

Processing times

Immigration forms

Discussion board

Resources

Blogs

Twitter feed

Immigrant Nation

Attorney2Attorney

CLE Workshops

Immigration books

Advertise on ILW

VIP Network

EB-5

移民日报

About ILW.COM

Connect to us

Make us Homepage

Questions/Comments


SUBSCRIBE

Immigration Daily


Chinese Immig. Daily




The leading
immigration law
publisher - over
50000 pages of
free information!
Copyright
1995-
ILW.COM,
American
Immigration LLC.

View RSS Feed

Immigration Law Blogs on ILW.COM

Have Anti-Immigrant Extremists Been Creating Donald Trump For 20+ Years? Roger Algase

Rate this Entry
The hand-wringing over Donald Trump's likelihood of winning the Republican presidential nomination on the part of "moderate" or "establishment" Republicans borders on the comic, given the Grand Old Party's tolerance for, if not active support of, right wing politicians and pundits who have been demonizing and scapegoating Latino, Muslim, black, and Asian immigrants for more than 20 years, while warning about the decline of white "culture" and white majority status in the United States.

Certainly, Trump's attacks on Mexican immigrants as "criminals" and "rapists" are offensive, as well as his call for banning all of the world's more than one billion Muslims from entering the US as potential "terrorists" purely on the basis of their religion, without any evidence that they have jihadist ties or might harm the United States.

But wild and extreme as Trump's invective may be to Americans who believe that this country was founded on the principles of respect for diversity and the belief in equality of all people, his minority immigrant-baiting did not appear in a vacuum. To the contrary, it is based on a foundation that has been built up during at least the past 20 years by right wing anti-immigrant extremists and their supporters.

Here are just a few of the names of prominent political leaders and writers who have built their careers on attacking Latino and other minority immigrants as somehow dangerous or undesirable or America during the past two decades:

Governor Pete Wilson (R-California), Senator Tom Tancredo (R-Colorado), Patrick J. Buchanan (writer and former presidential candidate) late Harvard Professor Samuel Huntington; writers Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin and Peter Brimelow (the latter himself an immigrant to the US).

The above is not to mention more recent right wing anti-immigrant public figures who have been attacking Latino and other immigrants and promoting draconian anti-minority legislation since well before Trump came on the scene: Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R), Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), Sen Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) - the list goes on and on.

Among writers, Rich Lowry of the National Review and William Kristol of the Weekly Standard, who are now two of Trump's strongest critics on the right, were leaders in the successful effort to derail Comprehensive Immigration Reform back in 2012.

Therefore, it is not unreasonable to ask whether, in the words of Robert Kagan, writing in the February 25 Washington Post, it could be accurate to say that: "Trump is the GOP's Frankenstein monster."

(See the WP home page - I do not have a link.)

But merely naming names and repeating catchy newspaper oped titles is not enough to give a full understanding of how anti-immigrant agitation during the last two decades or more has given rise to what many Republican leaders, not only pro-immigrant advocates, see as the potential disaster of a Donald Trump nomination and, even worse, presidency.

In order to understand Trump, it is important to look at the history of the anti-immigrant movement, including legislation and legislative proposals, over the past 20+ years in detail.

This is exactly what a careful and thorough scholar of this period, Doug Brugge (now Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University) has done in his article Pulling Up the Ladder: The Anti-Immigrant Backlash, which was originally published in 1995 and has been more recently updated.

Even though Professor's Brugge's background is in medicine and environmental science, not law or political science, his article is essential reading by anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the significance of Donald Trump's anti-immigrant attacks today.

This article will be discussed in more detail in Part 2.

The link is:

http://www.publiceye.org/ark/immigra...ingLadder.html
_______________________________
Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, Roger has been helping mainly professional immigrants obtain work visas and green cards. His practice focuses on skilled worker employment (H-1B and Labor Certification), extraordinary ability (O-1 and EB-1) and permanent residence through opposite or same sex marriage.

Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com




Submit "Have Anti-Immigrant Extremists Been Creating Donald Trump For 20+ Years? Roger Algase" to Facebook Submit "Have Anti-Immigrant Extremists Been Creating Donald Trump For 20+ Years? Roger Algase" to Twitter Submit "Have Anti-Immigrant Extremists Been Creating Donald Trump For 20+ Years? Roger Algase" to Google Submit "Have Anti-Immigrant Extremists Been Creating Donald Trump For 20+ Years? Roger Algase" to StumbleUpon Submit "Have Anti-Immigrant Extremists Been Creating Donald Trump For 20+ Years? Roger Algase" to Reddit Submit "Have Anti-Immigrant Extremists Been Creating Donald Trump For 20+ Years? Roger Algase" to Digg Submit "Have Anti-Immigrant Extremists Been Creating Donald Trump For 20+ Years? Roger Algase" to del.icio.us

Updated 02-26-2016 at 11:39 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

Tags: None Add / Edit Tags

Comments

  1. Pipo's Avatar
    Is there a way to request the immigration records of Slovenian-born Melania Knauss (Trump?s current wife) or make them available in the public domain? She moved to New York City prior to any relationship with Donald Trump in 1996 and maintained a career as a model ? it is important to note that Melania did not marry Trump until January 2005.
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Melania Trump's immigration records are entitled to the same privacy protections as those of any other immigrant. From what is known, it appears that she came to the US as a model, which is a perfectly legitimate way of obtaining a work visa.

    I don't see what could be gained by trying to delve into her records. There is no indication I have ever heard of to the effect that her marriage to Trump was anything other than in good faith or otherwise involved any violation of law.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law



  3. Pipo's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    Melania Trump's immigration records are entitled to the same privacy protections as those of any other immigrant. From what is known, it appears that she came to the US as a model, which is a perfectly legitimate way of obtaining a work visa.

    I don't see what could be gained by trying to delve into her records. There is no indication I have ever heard of to the effect that her marriage to Trump was anything other than in good faith or otherwise involved any violation of law.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Thanks for the response; however under what criterion (or employment visa type) "modeling" fits? Perhaps H-1B (specialty occupation)? Your feedback on this issue will be greatly appreciated.

    Moreover, Mrs. Trump in her most recent interview with MSNBC leaves more unanswered questions on how she became a lawful resident back in 1996.
    http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/melania-trump-on-her-life-marriage-and-2016-630301251580
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    You are right. Models are included in the H-1B program. However, even if anyone were able to conjure up some kind of real or imagined irregularity in Melania Trump's immigration history, how would this be Donald Trump's fault? Who cares?

    Trump's unfitness for the presidency is entirely of his own making - his proto-fascist endorsement of torture and violence; his threats of retaliation against his opponents, his bigotry and use of the Big Lie. He doesn't need his wife's immigration record, whatever it may be, in order to be a clear and present danger to our democracy himself.

    (Of course, if she were a Muslim, that would be something else.)

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 02-26-2016 at 10:04 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
Put Free Immigration Law Headlines On Your Website

Immigration Daily: the news source for legal professionals. Free! Join 35000+ readers Enter your email address here: