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Has America Changed Its Mind on Immigration? Part 1. By Roger Algase

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Here is what a certain well known billionaire business figure and TV celebrity by the name of Donald Trump was saying about immigration only four short years ago, right after the 2012 presidential election:

"Republicans don't have anything going for them with respect to Latinos and with respect to Asians...

The Democrats didn't have a policy for dealing with illegal immigrants, but what they did have going for them is that they weren't mean-spirited about it...they were kind...

He [Romney] had a crazy policy of self-deportation which was maniacal...and he lost all of the Latino vote. He lost the Asian vote. He lost everybody who is inspired to come into this country."

See:

http://www,newsmax.com.Newsfront/Don...1/26/id/465363

What has made Donald Trump change his mind? Has America changed its mind on immigration? If so, why?

In my February 17 comment on this site, I introduced a December 15, 2015 article in the Huffington Post by John Tirman, Executive Director, MIT Center for International Studies, called: The Origins of Intolerance in America.

See:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-t...b_8812476.html

Tirman writes:

"In the last few weeks, the alarming rise of anti-immigrant, xenophobic rhetoric from the right wing has alarmed a large segment of the American people, but equally disturbing is how much support these noxious views are getting from the public."

As a candidate who called for a more tolerant and inclusive approach toward minority immigrants just a few years ago now appears to be sweeping his way toward the presidential nomination of a party that he then called "mean-spirited" toward immigrants for supporting policies that were nowhere near as harsh as his own current proposals for a Border Wall, mass deportation of 12 million people and a ban on entry to the US by Muslims from every part of the world, it is worth taking a look at Tirman's analysis in greater depth.

I will do this in the next part of this series of comments.
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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 35 years, he has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from many different parts of the world and ethnic/religious backgrounds obtain work visas and green cards.

Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com

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Updated 03-01-2016 at 09:27 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Pipo's Avatar
    What has made Donald Trump change his mind? Has America changed its mind on immigration? If so, why?
    The answer to your question is very simple: Americans' ignorance and gullibility

    In times of economic upheaval there will always be a scapegoat, and this time the undocumented population seems to be perfect target to justify all America's problems.

    However, a Trump presidency will be the weakest administration ever seen in US history since America no longer has the leverage it used to enjoy decades ago (today is a superpower in decline) plus the internal and external backlash Donald Trump will face for every single policy he may try to implement.

    The recent beatings against KKK members in Anaheim, CA clearly represents the "Trump effect" (and this is only the beginning) - https://youtu.be/AylKVWon2wQ
    Demographics have already (and dramatically) changed the American landscape in many states, and enforcing stringent immigration policies will be virtually impossible.

    Also, the following quotes perfectly describe what the American populace is all about:
    "The vulgar many are lovers of wealth and pleasure. They are selfish, slothful, and indolent. They can be inspired to rise above their brutish existence only by fear of impending death or catastrophe."
    Leo Strauss - German-American political philosopher and classicist

    "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 - Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy during the Reagan administration

    End of story.
  2. Unregistered222's Avatar
    LOL Roger turned the supposedly professional immigration lawyer website into the political sandbox for immature kiddies Congrats Roger to you and congrats to whoever pays ilw.com hosting fees ))
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I don't blame Unregistered222 for being upset about reading that his hero, Donald Trump, has not always been as reliably hostile to immigrants as many people would like to think, and that he might not turn out to be as hostile to them in the future if elected as America's Leader-in-Chief.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  4. Pipo's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered222
    LOL Roger turned the supposedly professional immigration lawyer website into the political sandbox for immature kiddies Congrats Roger to you and congrats to whoever pays ilw.com hosting fees ))
    Donald Trump was 100% correct when he said "I love the poorly educated" and the fallacious reasoning quoted above proves that.

    A self-fulfilled prophesy indeed:
    "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 - Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy during the Reagan administration

    End of story.
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