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    Update, March 22 at 12:16 pm:

    In my March 21 Immigration Daily "Blogging" post, I predicted that if Trump were elected president, it might only be a matter of time before he would impose a total moratorium on immigration, which right wing bigots who are now supporting him, such as Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) and the columnist Ann Coulter have been proposing for some time.

    It look as if my prediction has been borne out a good deal earlier than the election. Just one day after my post, on March 22, Trump, in reaction to a new ISIS terrorist attack in Brussels that has killed at least 34 people so far and reportedly wounded dozens more, says that he wants to close America's borders completely until further notice. His argument is based on the enormous lie, as quoted in The Hill;

    "We are taking in people without real documentation."


    Clearly, America, and the world, needs to do everything possible to combat and eliminate the scourge of violent Islamist extremism. But turning America into a Republic of Fear and making scapegoats of all immigrants, from around the world, including people who are not even Muslims, let alone having any conceivable connections with Islamic terror groups, is not a strategy that has any relation to genuine security concerns.

    But is a strategy that would accomplish Trump's real goal, which is not to make America "great" again, but to diminish America by making it white again.

    My original post follows:

    So much nonsense is being written about Donald Trump's campaign, which one particularly pretentious commentator, Law Professor Stanley Fish. in an evident attempt to show off his erudition, has just compared to the writings of the great 16th Century French philosopher Michel de Montaigne (although one has to wonder if Trump has ever heard of Montaigne) that it is easy to overlook the essence of Trump's appeal and his chances of winning this fall's election. See:

    With all due respect to Professor Fish, an eminent figure in the history of thought such as Montaigne has no more connection with Donald Trump's vile racist insults against Mexican and Muslim immigrants than Montaigne has, to use the expression of the immortal ancient Greek poet Hesiod (6th Century BC) "with an oak or a rock". ("peri dryn ei peri petron" )

    Yes, I can be erudite too, but at least in order to try to make some sense, unlike the Professor, whose attempt to equate Donald Trump with Montaigne makes no more sense than saying that an oak tree is the same as a rock.

    Fortunately, there is one commentator who is staying on course and not letting himself be distracted by all the attempts to ignore or soft-pedal the ugly reality of Donald Trump and his presidential campaign. This reality is that Trump's entire presidential campaign, and his chances of winning the election depend on on using overtly racial attacks against Mexican and other Latino, Asian and Middle Eastern immigrants in order to attract mainly working class white votes. This commentator is Juan Williams, writing in The Hill (see below).

    Racial attacks are the alpha and the omega (the beginning and the end) of Trump's electoral strategy. This tells us everything we need to know about his immigration policies - building a Wall against Latino immigrants while deporting 12 million Latino, Asian and black immigrants who are already in this country; barring all of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims, most of whom are from the Middle East and other parts of Asia, from entering the United States; and, last but not least, abolishing the H-1B visa and skilled worker green cards through Labor Certification, which are overwhelmingly used by computer and other professionals from India and China. (It is also impossible to overlook the racism underlying Trump's rants against China's and Japan's allegedly unfair foreign trade practices - no one should imagine that Trump's attempts to exploit racial hatred for political advantage are limited to immigration policy).

    Williams describes the racial purpose underlying Trump's campaign strategy as follows:

    (Trump plays the race card, March 21) See:

    "The gap between whites supporting Trump and non-whites opposing him has Grand Canyon dimensions.

    It lets Trump off the hook to describe him merely as a populist. On the other side of the partisan divide, Bernie Sanders is running a populist campaign attracting strong support among white Democrats - but there is none of Trump's anger against Muslims, racial minorities and immigrants...

    But now
    Trump has so alienated Hispanics with his harsh immigration policies - and the rhetoric that accompanies those policies - that the Republicans are racially isolated again. Their only hope in the November general election is to generate extremely high turnout among whites."

    Williams continues:

    "In other words, the only way relying on high white turnout as a winner for the GOP is if racial tensions hit an explosive high.

    That is why the damage being done by Trump is particularly hard on the future of the [Republican] party, specifically the party's need to grow among Hispanics...

    Let's agree that he [Trump] is not a racist. Maybe he is just a man bringing and unrepentant racial strategy to 21st Century national politics."

    One might have some questions about the accuracy of Williams' next-to-last sentence quoted above, in the light of Trump's history of obviously racial "birther" attack against President Obama, his characterization of Mexican immigrants as "criminals" and "rapists", and his attacks on Muslim immigrants as "terrorists" who are filled with "hatred" toward America.

    But Juan Williams has accurately described the heart and soul of Donald Trump's campaign - an appeal to America's worst instincts and racial divisions in a way that no presidential candidate has done since George Wallace in the 1968 election campaign, and which David Duke, the former head of the KKK whose support Trump had such a difficult time in disavowing this year, has become the symbol of now.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 03-22-2016 at 11:46 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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