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Cruz Out-Trumps Trump: Picks Muslim Immigration Opponent as Adviser. Roger Algase

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Update, March 19, 7:21 am:

Frank Gaffney is not the only prominent Islamophobe whom Cruz has added to his list of advisers. Ali Gharib, writing in The Nation, lists the following

"Seeming eager to prove that he is endorsing this [Gaffney's anti-Muslim] bigotry, Cruz added a few more prominent Islamophobes' names to his list of advisers, Fred Fleitz, a disgraced former top aide to...John Bolton, and Claire Lopez...both work for Gaffney's Center for Security Policy. A Bloomberg View report on Cruz' advisers also included Gaffney's combative deputy Jim Hanson...Next there's Andrew McCarthy, a former prosecutor, and Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin...both of whom share Sharia conspiracy theories and otherwise agree with Gaffney a whole lot."

The Nation's article continues:

"None of this love for Gaffney should come as a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to what Cruz has been saying. In November, Cruz all but called for an explicit religious test to determine which refugees fleeing conflicts abroad can come to he United States..."

See, The Nation: Ted Cruz Is an Anti-Muslim Bigot, Too

http://www.thenation.com/article/cruz-islamophobia-bigot-trump/

While Trump's call to ban every Muslim in the entire world (including US citizens, since Trump has never listed any exception to this ban) from entering the US may test the extremes of religious intolerance (and contempt for the spirit, if not the letter, of the US Constitution) Cruz is also making clear that he deriving his policies concerning Muslim immigration to the US from the same polluted reservoir of anti-Muslim bigotry as Trump.

My original post follows:

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) who is now being touted as the last line of defense against a Donald Trump Republican presidential nomination, is now trying to out-Trump Trump by appointing a national security adviser who has openly and enthusiastically supported Trump's proposal to ban all Muslims throughout the world from entering the United States. While the media assume that this ban would apply only to immigrants and foreign citizen visitors, Trump has never stated that Muslim US citizens would be exempt from his proposal, despite the obvious conflict that would arise with the First Amendment's guarantee of free exercise of religion.

Frank Gaffney, who has just been appointed as a member of Cruz' national security team, not only supports Trump's Muslim entry ban, but has his own record of wild Islamophobic statements, against Muslim immigrants and US citizens alike, that are so extreme as to make Trump sound like a pro-Muslim advocate by comparison.

The Huffington Post has full details. See:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...003a640a69fc3b

Whether appointing someone as an advisor who is even more opposed to Muslim immigrants than Trump himself is the best way to avoid putting Trump in a position as president to impose his own agenda of an entry ban against Muslims and mass deportation of millions of Mexicans and other primarily Latino and Asian immigrants is a question beyond the scope of these 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 primarily skilled and educated immigrants obtain work visas and green cards.

Roger believes that maintaining our democracy in the face of attempts to substitute one-man rule, and upholding our traditions of tolerance and equality for immigrants from every part of the world, and from many diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds, is the only way to keep America great. His email address is algaselex@gmail.com


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Updated 03-19-2016 at 03:42 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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