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How Anti-Immigrant Extremists In Congress Are Shaping Trump's Policies. Roger Algase

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Update, May 12, 6:00 am:

Of course, it is not only Senator Jeff Sessions and Rep. Steve King who have helped to create Donald Trump. Trump's anti-immigrant bigotry comes out of a cesspool of anti-immigrant proposals which the Republican-controlled House has been supporting for more than a decade. See Nancy Pelosi's telling statement in Politico on May 11:

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/0...support-223058

But Trump has taken anti-immigrant prejudice to a new and dangerous level, where it could threaten America's entire democracy. While Trump is certainly no Hitler and has never advocated genocide, there is at least one analogy:

Just as the anti-Semitism which Hitler used in order to seize power had been rampant in Germany for at least a century before Hitler came on the scene, the anti-immigrant hate which Trump has been using so effectively has been part of American society for more than 150 years, going back to the time of the Know-Nothing movement which Trump's supporters so much resemble today.

Only the targets are different - Irish immigrants then, to be followed by Italian, Jewish, Eastern European and Asian immigrants in the later 19th and early 20th centuries - mainly Latino/Middle Eastern immigrants now.

Update, May 7, 7:53 am:

New York Magazine, in an article which appeared in April, confirms that Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), one of the strongest and most outspoken opponents of both legal and illegal immigration in the entire Congress, was responsible for Donald Trump's sudden U-turn on H-1B visas:

"A conservative source close to the campaign told me that Trump only truly consults one person, Alabama Republican senator Jeff Sessions: 'When Jeff calls, Trump listens.' It's hard to overstate Sessions' influence on trade and immigration policy within the GOP...

And when Sessions called Trump last month and criticized him for coming out in favor of H-1B visas, which allow companies to recruit high-level talent abroad, Trump promptly changed his position."

http://nymag.com/daily/intellegencer...-campaign.html

My original post appears below:

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) and Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) are two of the most active and vocal anti-immigrant figures in Congress. Few people have forgotten King's infamous attacks on DREAMERs as "drug mules", and Sessions has been a leader in almost every Congressional attempt to restrict immigration, legal as well as illegal.

Both have praised Trump's immigration policies, and Sessions was the first Senator to endorse Trump for president, well before Trump's nomination became all but inevitable. See the following AP report:

"...Trump and Sessions were out of touch until last June, when they held a conference call on immigration policy and Trump began courting Sessions' endorsement in earnest. Then Sessions defended Trump ;ast year when he called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants coming to the United States...

The Alabamian is best known for his opposition to the Senate's 2013 comprehensive immigration bill. But beyond his rejection of both a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and his support for a wall along the Southern border, he also believes the United States should lower legal immigration."

Is Sessions the reason that Trump suddenly changed his mind after supporting the H-1B program at one of the Republican debates and then came out in favor of cancelling that visa entirely, as well as eliminating green cards through labor certification, the following day or soon after?

According to the same report, Sessions' background of openly racist positions goes back more than 30 years:

"Sessions is familiar with controversy, racial and otherwise. In 1986, President Reagan nominated him for a federal judgeship. The ensuing confirmation process turned ugly over episodes from his past: the times he called the NAACP 'un-American,' prosecuted civil rights advocates for voter fraud and said, according to a colleague, that the Ku Klux Klan was 'OK'."

http://www.cortezjournal.com/article...tionship-began

At the same time, Steve King is quoted by Right Wing Watch on May 5 as saying the following about Trump, while not (yet) actually endorsing him:

"Expect me to say to Donald Trump: 'Thanks a lot for borrowing my immigration policy, you get to keep it and I'll help you with that, and let's see what else we can do, if we can work together to strengthen this.'"

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/conten...gration-policy

With help from Congressional fans like Jeff Sessions and Steve King, we can no doubt look forward to many more creative and innovative immigration proposals from a President Trump - aimed at keeping minority immigrants out of the US and sending as many as possible of those who are already here back to their countries.
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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 obtain work visas and green cards.

Roger believes that upholding the rights of immigrants, and opposing prejudice and discrimination against them, are essential to preserving the rights of all the people of America, and to maintaining the foundations of our democracy. His email address is algaselex@gmail.com


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Updated 05-12-2016 at 09:40 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Marcel Lecomte's Avatar
    Mr. Algase
    Have please the decency of investigating the people and institutions managing the Trump campaign (advisers and financiers) in regards to their real immigration agenda and do not justify your views by quoting statements made by Senator Sessions and Congressman King (a bunch of sophists).

    You may find out that many of those people pulling strings behind the scenes have deep connections with the Zionist regime or if you want to call it, the State of Israel (and the reality-show entertainer limits himself to recite a script written by these entities).

    Are you concerned that your comments criticizing Israel may be labeled as ?anti-Semitic? (and your reputation be destroyed as a result of that)?
    Full Definition of Semite (for your own defense):
    1
    a : a member of any of a number of peoples of ancient southwestern Asia including the Akkadians, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabs
    b : a descendant of these peoples

    2: a member of a modern people speaking a Semitic language

    Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Semite

    As stated before, the core issue here is not Donald Trump per se, instead ILW Blog should dedicate more time analyzing those imbeciles who blindly sympathize with Trump's immigration policies ?Mr. Algase, are you too embarrassed to label your fellow American Trump supporter as a bunch of stupid brutes easy to manipulate and subdue, extremely gullible and incapable to think for themselves (trained not to think critically)?always remember Leo Strauss? ?Vulgar Many,? a definition that perfectly fits on those Trump advocates:
    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.

    DIVIDE AND CONQUER?a superb job done by the real powers behind the curtain (Trump?s advisers and financiers), the picture below speaks for itself:
    ?Will we succumb to the tyranny of a political correctness and the temptation of radical politics and balkanization here at home ?... - Ted Cruz?s Speech on Dropping Out of the Presidential Race (05/03/2016) - not endorsing Senator Cruz's political views but he is 100% correct about the notion of "balkanization" taking place in America (and accelerated by the Trump campaign).
    http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2016/05/01/20160501_two.jpg
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