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Letters of the Week: May 16 - May 20

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  1. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    If you are outraged by the recent deportation of families that have final orders of deportation., what is your response to the question Rep. Cuellar raises in this quote:

    Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), a member of the Hispanic Caucus who represents a border district, said such enforcement is vital if the country hopes to control its borders.
    ?I?m more one of those law-and-order Democrats,? he told The Hill recently. ?Once you go through the immigration process ... [and] you have some sort of representation, then at that time, if there?s a final, non-appealable order, then you should be deported. Otherwise, why have immigration judges? Why have border security? Just open the borders.?
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    As an update to this letter, there is a highly instructive May 16 report in The Guardian by Amana Fontanella-Khan:

    How Donald Trump emboldens bigots across the world

    The report describes how far right Hindu nationalists in India are offering prayers to Donald Trump as "The Savior of Mankind" because of his anti-Muslim attacks, while neo-fascist parties in Europe are also looking to Trump for inspiration See:

    My original letter follows:

    This is a revised version of a comment which I posted on May 16 on my blog space in response to a comment that I am too harsh in my comments about Donald Trump.

    It is easy to engage in wishful thinking about Trump; I have even done this myself in a recent post expressing the hope that he might "mellow" on immigration. Maybe he will change. Maybe he will become more responsible if he takes power. Maybe he doesn't really mean everything he says. Maybe he was just following a script written by his staff, etc., etc.

    But taking Trump's many comments about immigration during this campaign at face value, there can be no question that he is basing his appeal in very large part on stirring up hatred and fear against immigrant groups such as Latinos and Muslims, similar to tactics which have been used by many other dictators or would-be dictators, past and present, to seize power.

    When this is put together with his other actual statements and actions - they are all in the record - of supporting torture, of contempt for international law, bullying and threats against political opponents, advocating for a Gestapo-like task force to carry out ethnic cleansing of Latino and Asian immigrants on a scale unheard of in America, this adds up to a candidate who is more at home with dictatorship than democracy (without even taking into account his admiration for Russia's Vladimir Putin).

    With regard to immigration specifically, Trump is not just interested in tweaking the system to beef up protections against terrorism and illegal immigration, goals which all of us share, but he wants to destroy a major part of our employment-based legal immigration system - labor certification green cards and H-1B visas, as well build a Wall which would inevitably bear comparison to the Berlin Wall, or even the Wall which sealed off the Warsaw Ghetto during the Nazi period - though of course, Trump has never advocated genocide or mass extermination and I am not suggesting that he is a Nazi or Nazi sympathizer.

    But Trump's anti-immigrant scapegoating, his labeling of all Muslims in the entire world as potential terrorists based solely on their religion, and his condemning Mexican immigrants as mostly violent criminals in order to exploit long standing prejudice against Latino immigrants, are typical of appeals to popular prejudice against minorities used by authoritarian rulers everywhere.

    Donald Trump is a danger to our democracy, not just our immigration system, and if we as a country fail to recognize this, we may live to regret it.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 05-17-2016 at 05:49 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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