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Immigration Is What Makes America Great. Donald Trump, Please Take Note. Roger Algase

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What is it that really makes America great? Is it closing borders, building walls, carrying out mass deportation and banning all members of a major world religion from entering the United States? Or is it America's diversity, its tradition of equal opportunity for all as a nation of immigrants?

Vinita Gupta, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and the first Indian-American woman to take her company public, writes an eloquent defense of immigration as the engine for America's greatness in a May 24 Huffington Post article:

Dear Donald Trump immigrants Like Me Make America Great

See:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vinita..._10123926.html

She states:

Silicon Valley is a place where boundaries of race, color, traditions, religions, melt, and the multiplicity of cultures strengthens the fabric which has fueled America's economic engine of innovation. it goes against the grain of Siliconers, with the upcoming presidential primaries in California, when Donald Trump declares he 'will make America great by building walls, by keeping Muslims out, and by bringing jobs back to America through reduced work visas.'"


The article continues with Gupta's own story as an immigrant and an entrepreneur contributing to America's innovation and prosperity. Would keeping immigrants like her out of this country really be the way to make America great?

We should not forget that Trump is not only in favor of draconian immigration enforcement, but he has also promised to eliminate H-1B visas and Labor Certification green cards, thereby banning America's most skilled and highly education immigrants from our shores, not only "terrorists", "criminals" and "rapists".

What assurance is there that Trump, whose presidential hopes depend in large part on attracting nativist and xenophobic votes, would not declare a total moratorium on immigration by executive order on his first day in office? This would most likely be only "temporary", of course - until Trump figures out "what the hell is going on" with immigration - at the end of his term or terms as president.
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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 permits and green cards.

Roger's practice is concentrated in H-1B specialty worker and O-1 extraordinary ability visas, and in green cards through labor certification or through opposite sex or same sex marriage. His email address is algaselex@gmail.com



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Updated 05-26-2016 at 12:02 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Roger, did you see illegal aliens recently rioting against Trump under Mexican flags and promising to hack people with machetes if Trump is elected I wonder how many votes did this generate for Trump? Probably many many 1000s

    I do not see how some indian programmer writing in Huffington post changes that On the other hand Disney software engineers being forced to train their indian H1B replacements before they are thrown on the street, will definitely produce another 1000s of votes for Trump

    By the way, are you ready to go to sleep and wake up with President Trump being in charge for the next eight years? I sure am ready.
  2. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Roger, you quite funny again. Look what this indian programmer writes "My attire, Indian accent, and lack of work visa were definite impediments, but did not stop me from landing a job...?. So she worked without work visa? She broke US laws and now has the guts to moralize about Trump. Destroys her credibility completely.
  3. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    Immigrants are good for this country but illegal immigration isn't. This is a distinction that Roger doesn't seem to be willing to make or even to consider. We need aliens who come here for a better life, no aliens who come here to sell women and children into sexual slavery, to sell hard drugs to our children, to join violent street gangs, and so on. If you don't think such aliens exist, see my article, Analysis of the April 28, 2016, hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on, ?Criminal Aliens Released by the Department of Homeland Security." (May 20, 2016), http://discuss.ilw.com/content.php?6449- Article-Analysis-of-the-April-28-2016-hearing-before-the-House-Committee-on- Oversight-and-Government-Reform-on-%93Criminal-Aliens-Released-by-the- Department-of-Homeland-Security-By-Nolan-Rappaport



    We have to be able to screen out the immigrants who should not be allowed into the country. Should deportations be restricted to deportable aliens who have criminal records? (March 17, 2016), http://www.ilw.com/articles/2016,0317-Rappaport.pdf

    And we need more effective enforcement to remove the criminal aliens that we do not identify until after they have been convicted of a crime in the United States.
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    What connection do Nolan's comments have with the article I am discussing in this post, which is about a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who has obviously benefited this country and who, from the content of her article, appears to be a legal immigrant in every respect?

    Ms. Gupta's article says that at one time she didn't have a work visa. She does not say that she ever worked without having such a visa, and there is no basis for such an assumption. Nor, according to her article, has she done any of the other heinous things that Nolan mentions in his comment. I was writing about educated, highly beneficial, legal immigration oranges, and Nolan is talking about criminal immigration apples.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 05-25-2016 at 04:23 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  5. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    What connection do Nolan's comments have with the article I am discussing in this post, which is about a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who has obviously benefited this country and who, from the content of her article, appears to be a legal immigrant in every respect? Ms. Gupta's article says that at one time she didn't have a work visa. She does not say that she ever worked without having such a visa, and there is no basis for such an assumption. Nor, according to her article, has she done any of the other heinous things that Nolan mentions in his comment. I was writing about educated, highly beneficial, legal immigration oranges, and Nolan is talking about criminal immigration apples. Roger Algase Attorney at Law
    You start your article with these comments, "What is it that really makes America great? Is it closing borders, building walls, carrying out mass deportation and banning all members of a major world religion from entering the United States? Or is it America's diversity, its tradition of equal opportunity for all as a nation of immigrants?"

    That's saying that we should disregard enforcement of our immigration laws and forget about border security so we can benefit for the diversity that immigration offers. My response is that the diversity you want can and should be obtained with LEGAL IMMIGRATION, not not illegal immigration. You won't face that point. Why? Is it because you can't justify allowing illegal immigration to continue and you realize that a lot of bad people are coming into the country with the ones who just want to work and have a better life?
  6. Marcel Lecomte's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nolan Rappaport
    We need aliens who come here for a better life, no aliens who come here to sell women and children into sexual slavery, to sell hard drugs to our children, to join violent street gangs, and so on
    What sort of moral authority are you trying to convey with such[personal invective deleted] statement? Since you have been involved in government affairs in the past why don‘t you first perform a mea culpa and accept responsibility for all the execrable crimes committed by the institution you once represented in other parts of the world, still accountable today under International Law (i.e. invading countries under false pretenses and destroying their public infrastructure, killing innocent people to which the US Military calls “Collateral Damage,” fomenting crime and drug trafficking in countries like Afghanistan, Colombia, Mexico, etc) before preaching to the four winds such stupid assessment.

    In the end, if the problems you see happening now in your beloved America, it is simply called KARMA: WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND.
    Updated 05-26-2016 at 06:30 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  7. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    There is not a single sentence or word in my above post saying that we should not enforce the laws against immigrants who commit serious crimes. I am opposed to mass deportation, because this would constitute expulsion of 12 million people who may be in violation of our immigration laws, which are for the most part civil offenses, but are not violent or other dangerous criminals.

    Nolan's litany of serious crimes committed by some immigrants has nothing to do with the question whether America should close its borders to the most educated, accomplished and productive of all immigrants, such as the one whose article I have mentioned above.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 05-25-2016 at 07:07 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  8. Marcel Lecomte's Avatar
    Still unconvinced about the levels of violence coming to America if a Trump presidency enacts detrimental decrees targeting the undocumented population currently living in the US?

    And this is only a sample of what the MAJORITY (specifically Mexican Americans and Mexican nationals) in a state like New Mexico can deliver...and just remember, these people are also the majority and predominant ethnic group in CA, NV, AZ, TX, CO, OR, UT, fairly surpassing the 80+ million mark (1 out of 4 Americans is Mexican by heritage).

    Riot Police and Protesters Outside Trump Rally Violent Protest New Mexico Albuquerque Burnout Cars
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxLtF0WWtRY

    Definitively, the people pulling strings behind the Trump campaign (advisers and financiers) must be celebrating the Balkanization of America...DIVIDE & CONQUER
  9. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Thank you very much! So, the common opinion is that is not an "illegal immigration" but a full-blown military-scale invasion to bring down violence on US. I wonder what would be legal consequences of that? Can we now treat an "illegal alien" as a foreign invader combatant, who is entered the country illegally and trying to overthrow the US government? I think we can.

    By the way Roger, what kind of legal protection exists for citizens arresting foreign/spies combatants trying to overthrow US government?



    Quote Originally Posted by Marcel Lecomte
    Still unconvinced about the levels of violence coming to America if a Trump presidency enacts detrimental decrees targeting the undocumented population currently living in the US?

    And this is only a sample of what the MAJORITY (specifically Mexican Americans and Mexican nationals) in a state like New Mexico can deliver...and just remember, these people are also the majority and predominant ethnic group in CA, NV, AZ, TX, CO, OR, UT, fairly surpassing the 80+ million mark (1 out of 4 Americans is Mexican by heritage).

    Riot Police and Protesters Outside Trump Rally Violent Protest New Mexico Albuquerque Burnout Cars
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxLtF0WWtRY

    Definitively, the people pulling strings behind the Trump campaign (advisers and financiers) must be celebrating the Balkanization of America...DIVIDE & CONQUER
  10. Marcel Lecomte's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered222
    Thank you very much! So, the common opinion is that is not an "illegal immigration" but a full-blown military-scale invasion to bring down violence on US. I wonder what would be legal consequences of that? Can we now treat an "illegal alien" as a foreign invader combatant, who is entered the country illegally and trying to overthrow the US government? I think we can.
    it seems that you really have lived not too many years in America to comprehend who the Mexicans-Americans and Mexican nationals are in the United States.
    here is another LEGAL FACT for your consideration:

    Selective Service System
    https://www.sss.gov/Registration/Immigrants-and-Dual-Nationals
    Immigrant Men Are Required to Register
    If you are an immigrant man (documented or undocumented) living in the United States, age 18 through 25, you are required to register.

    It is the law.

    You want to protect yourself for future U.S. citizenship and other government benefits and programs by registering with Selective Service. Do it today.


    According to law, a man must register with Selective Service within 30 days of his 18th birthday. Selective Service will accept late registrations but not after a man has reached age 26. You may be denied benefits or a job if you have not registered.


    Perhaps in the country you were born the chances of escalating the ladder of success were so limited due to your social and economical status -thus no access to real education- and living in America has proven to be a real fiasco as well.

    (Note: I have edited out portions of this post containing personal invective. This site is for discussion of issues, not posting insults against other people who may wish to make comments.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law)
    Updated 05-26-2016 at 06:26 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  11. Unregistered222's Avatar
    (The following comment has been edited to eliminate obscenity and personal insults.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law)

    You did not my answer though

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcel Lecomte
    ...it seems that you really have lived not too many years in America to comprehend who the Mexicans-Americans and Mexican nationals are in the United States.

    here is another LEGAL FACT for your consideration:



    .
    Updated 05-26-2016 at 06:24 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  12. Unregistered222's Avatar
    You're one little confused..., aren't you boy

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcel Lecomte
    In the end, if the problems you see happening now in your beloved America, it is simply called KARMA: WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND.
    (Obscenity has been deleted from this comment,

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law)
    Updated 05-26-2016 at 06:20 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  13. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    On May 26, Huffington Post is running a headline on its website:

    American Horror Story: Trump Cinches Nomination

    That says it all. No further comment is necessary for anyone who cares about the survival of America's immigration system as we now it; and beyond that, our democracy.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 05-26-2016 at 12:03 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  14. Unregistered222's Avatar
    But why is it a surprise? It has been known weeks ago that he has enough delegates to do that

    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    On May 26, Huffington Post is running a headline on its website:

    American Horror Story: Trump Cinches Nomination

    That says it all. No further comment is necessary for anyone who cares about the survival of America's immigration system as we now it; and beyond that, our democracy.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
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