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U.S. Church Leaders Condemn Trump's Immigrant Attacks. Why Not Lawyers? Roger Algase

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It's not only about Muslims. A group of fifty U.S. Christian church leaders, spanning many different denominations, and quoting the 20th Century anti-Nazi German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who said:

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil."

has issued a statement condemning Donald Trump's attacks on Mexicans, Muslims and other immigrants in the strongest possible terms. See Huffington Post, April 29, Christians called to resist Trump's bigotry

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-wa...b_9809222.html

The Huffpost article, by Jim Wallis, a Christian leader, includes the following comment:

"Racial tensions have indeed ungirded this campaign season, with Trump and other candidates launching attacks on Mexicans and other immigrants, calling to refuse admission to all Muslims entering the country , and other instances of intolerance...

There are far too many examples of Trump statements that single out people based on race, religion or gender. The statement says, 'Inflammatory messages of racial, religious and nationalist bigotry compel confessional resistance from faithful Christians..."

The same statement continues:

"Donald Trump is exploiting the legitimate economic grievances of marginalized white Americans with false and ugly racial blame."

​It also says:

"Donald Trump's message and the way he communicates it is the antithesis of Christian values, and it is time for faith leaders to say so. The media concerns itself with its own ratings and the political polling on the messages of Donald Trump, but faith leaders should focus on the morality of his message.

The demographics of the United States are changing. Soon, this country will no longer be a white-majority nation, but a majority of minorities...But Donald Trump has pitted himself against the more diverse America that we are becoming. He defends the status quo of white majority power and privilege...As Christian leaders, we reject these ugly racial and sexist attacks on our brothers and sisters...

His divisive rhetoric, laced with racist, bigoted and hateful attitudes and wrapped in nationalistic xenophobia, is being enthusiastically embraced by millions - including many self-identified Christians who are allowing their racial identity to trump their faith...

Trump's...vicious attacks against Mexicans and inflaming the fear of immigrants more broadly, his claims that most Muslims hate America and his call to 'ban' them from our country, his advocacy of torture and the killing of terrorists' families and children, are all of deep concern to many of us as religious leaders..."

The Christian leaders' statement continues:

"Reports of the bullying of Hispanic and Muslim children on school playgrounds indicate the danger in the culture of such messaging. Therefore, it is time for both Republicans and Democrats of moral conscience to speak out against this message. The rise of open bigotry and effective demagoguery requires more than a political response - rather, it demands a moral, and even religious declaration of opposition and theological resistance."

The full statement, which also points to "...the politics of race and violence " which "have been used repeatedly against people of color in our history" and the "exploitation of racial minorities" by both political parties as creating "fertile ground for the rise of a leader like Donald Trump, can be accessed at:

http://calltoresist.org

The above religious leaders' statement also raises another question. As lawyers, do we not also have a responsibility for taking positions concerning the morality of the laws we are called upon to interpret and give advice about?

Can we stand by, any more than religious leaders can stand by, in silence, while our elected officials, or any one seeking election to high office, advocates using our immigration laws as instruments of racial or religious bigotry and oppression against minorities?

And, above all, does the legal profession not have an overriding obligation to warn and take action against attempts to use police state "immigration enforcement" methods, such as Obama's already existing "immigrant detention center" concentration camps or Trump's proposed mass deportation "Task Force", which would be more appropriate in Russia, China or North Korea, to destroy democracy for everyone in the United States, immigrants and U.S. citizens alike?
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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 ethnic and religious backgrounds obtain work visas and green cards. Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com





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Updated 05-02-2016 at 12:01 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Unregistered222's Avatar
    This is awesome Roger! You should watch youtube videos from the anti-Trump protests in California. Violent illegal aliens promising to hack people to death with Machetes if Trump is elected. Carrying Mexican flags and slogans "Make America Mexico". Behaving like violent subhuman animals and throwing rocks at the police and cars. This is awesome - illegal aliens do campaigning for Trump. Go, president Donald, go!

    PS. Once president Donald elected hopefully he will hire deportation force advisers from Russia. They will make sure there is no riots and animalistic behavior from illegal aliens. They surely are very good at it. No such behavior exists in Russia
  2. Unregistered222's Avatar
    This is just getting better and better by the moment. Look at this video of so-called "dreamers" behaving like violent animals. Trump is really a genius for exposing illegal aliens for who they really are. I guess we can say good-bye to extended DACA/DAPA and say hello to house-to-house searches and deportations in handcuffs.

    http://www.theamericanmirror.com/shock-video-children-flip-off-shout-expletives-at-trump-supporters/
  3. Marcel Lecomte's Avatar
    Mr. Algase,
    Your diatribe is targeting only that buffoon called Donald Trump; however, why don't you focus your attention on the people behind the reality-show entertainer, the ones that pull strings behind the scenes (advisers and financiers)? Perhaps you may find unpleasant realities about those people and organizations, which by the way have a clear Zionist driven agenda (just remember that Judaism is NOT Zionism).

    That's your homework Mr. Algase, to investigate those people and institutions - they are indeed faithful practitioners of Mossad's motto "By way of deception thou shalt do war"

    DIVIDE AND CONQUER, courtesy of Trump's campaign team (a superb job done by these people):
    http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2016/05/01/20160501_two.jpg
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    As I have pointed out previously, many people initially thought that Hitler and Mussolini were clowns and buffoons too. That is not the way things turned out later on.

    There are people who are now saying the same thing about North Korea's Kim Jong Un. Tell that to the hundreds of thousands, or millions, of people who are starving in that country or have been condemned to a hellish life in its slave labor camps.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 05-02-2016 at 12:10 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  5. Marcel Lecomte's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered222
    This is just getting better and better by the moment. Look at this video of so-called "dreamers" behaving like violent animals. Trump is really a genius for exposing illegal aliens for who they really are. I guess we can say good-bye to extended DACA/DAPA and say hello to house-to-house searches and deportations in handcuffs.

    http://www.theamericanmirror.com/shock-video-children-flip-off-shout-expletives-at-trump-supporters/
    That's the core grievance of Unregistered222 (a.k.a Abdulaziz Al-Bakri): a frustrated H-1B visa holder from Asia whose legal presence in the US is about to expire due to employer's unwillingness to sponsor him for a green card (right now Desi is training a DACA recipient recently hired by his bosses for the same job he's about to lose).

    Unregistered222 must accept the fact that those former unlawfully present immigrants have the same skills and talent as him but they possess one valuable asset that Desi lacks: most of them speak Spanish.

    The United States of America is a de-facto bilingual country where English and Spanish are spoken equally. Most DACA recipients are college graduates who have been raised in the US according to the "American way of life," so there is no difference between them and natural born citizens at all.

    Nevertheless, from an economic perspective these guys are regrettably seen as cheap labor by Corporate America (cheaper than H-1B visa holders); thus it makes total sense for these corporations to hire DACA recipients while stop sponsoring H-1B visa holders (and most immigration attorneys may find economically sound to focus their services on that new market).

    As stated before, Unregistered222 should seek professional help because it appears that he's developing the early stages of misanthropy.
  6. Marcel Lecomte's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    As I have pointed out previously, many people initially thought that Hitler and Mussolini were clowns and buffoons too. That is not the way things turned out later on.

    There are people who are now saying the same thing about North Korea's Kim Jong Un. Tell that to the hundreds of thousands, or millions, of people who are starving in that country or have been condemned to a hellish life in its slave labor camps.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Do your homework Sir, investigate who are the people behind that buffoon called Donald Trump (advisers and financiers) and stop using diverting tactics.

    Start wondering if you have some sort of sympathy (or allegiance) towards the Zionist regime...just remember, Judaism is NOT Zionism.


    *******
    A book worth reading:
    Hitler's Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military
    Bryan Mark Rigg
    University Press of Kansas
    ISBN-10: 0700613587
    http://www.amazon.com/Hitlers-Jewish-Soldiers-Military-Paperback/dp/0700613587

    And here a documentary on that subject: Hitler's Jewish Soldiers
    https://archive.org/details/HitlersJewishSoldiers-Nazi-jewsInHitlersArmy
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