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Trump's Address on Terrorism and Immigration: A Recipe For US Fascism? Roger Algase

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Update, June 14, 6:18 pm:

In a June 14 statement that the word "delusional" would not even begin to be adequate to describe, Donald Trump is now accusing President Obama of "continuing to":

"prioritize our enemy over our allies, and, for that matter, the American people."

Is this the way that policy discussions about immigration or any other issue are normally conducted in a democratic society? Or is it rather the kind of irrational, deranged, ranting that we are used to hearing from dictators or would be dictators in authoritarian counties around the world?

What does a statement like this tell us about how long we could expect America's democracy to survive under a Donald Trump presidency?

See:

http://www.thehill.com/blogs/ballot-...merican-people

For the horrified reaction among Senate Republicans to Trump's above latest unimaginable attack on President Obama over the Orlando shooting, see:

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/0...orlando-224339

My original post follows:

On June 13, in further reaction to the Orlando shooting, Donald Trump posted an "address" on "Terrorism, Immigration and National Security" on his website. See

https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-r...ional-security

As Americans, we must ask ourselves in all seriousness whether this address is not a further step in the Trump campaign that could bring this country ever closer to becoming a fascist dictatorship. Let us take a look at Trump's seven-page statement in detail.

It starts off, commendably, with a statement of sympathy and solidarity with the victims that no one could possibly argue against:

"We express our deepest sympathies to the victims, the wounded , and their families.

We mourn, as one people, for our nation's loss - and pledge our support to any and all who need it."

And then, after calling for a moment of silence: a welcome statement of tolerance and support that, unfortunately, not all of Trump's Republican colleagues and voters would necessarily agree with, least of all the supporters of North Carolina's notorious transgender bathroom law:

"Our nation stands together in solidarity with the members of Orlando's LGBT community."

Unfortunately, after this stirring and heartwarming opening (which neglected, however, for some reason, to mention that most of the victims were Latino - since it was reportedly "Latino night" at the club - maybe Trump didn't know this yet) it is as if Trump had said: "Now let the lies and hatred against immigrants, and Muslims in general, begin."

Trump's statement continues:

"A radical Islamic terrorist targeted the nightclub not only because he wanted to kill Americans, but in order to execute gay and lesbian citizens because of their sexual orientation."

Was the Orlando killer really a "radical Islamic terrorist"?

The FBI had investigated and interviewed him several times - and concluded that there was not enough evidence of his being a terrorist supporter to warrant further action -or even to stop him from buying a gun, or working as a security guard for a firm which had a federal contract to protect government buildings.

Nor is there any evidence so far that the killer had any connection with ISIS or other terrorist organization, despite a last minute phone call purporting to pledge allegiance to that terrorist group.

Even the killer's father, an avowed Taliban supporter, has publicly apologized for his son's killing and said that he has no idea what the motive could have been, other than possible homophobia touched off by the sight of two men kissing. Islamic terrorists, or their supporters, are not known for apologizing for their killings to anyone.

Based on the evidence that has been publicly released to date, it is impossible to rule out the possibility that the gunman was a mentally disturbed, obviously homophobic, lone wolf, just as the Sandy Hook killer and countless other gun users who take the lives of tens of thousands of Americans every year are written off by the NRA as "lone wolves".

Indeed, if the Orlando shooter had not been a Muslim, it is highly likely that gay rights and gun control opponents would be calling him exactly that.

Moving on to his next lie, or at least false innuendo, Trump continues:

"The killer, whose name I will not use, or ever say, was born to Afghan parents who immigrated to the United States. His father published support for the Afghan Taliban, a regime which murders those who don't share its radical views. The father even said how was running for president of that country.

The bottom line is than the only reason the killer was in America in the first place was because his family helped him to come here...

We have a dysfunctional immigration system which does not permit us to know who we let into our country, and it does not permit us to protect our citizens."

The charge that the killer's parents were allowed into the US because of a "dysfunctional immigration system", or that immigration had anything to do whatsoever with the Orlando mass murder is simply mind-boggling in its duplicity.

The Orlando killer was 29 years old and was born in America. That means that his parents had to have come here no later than in the mid-1980's when Ronald Reagan was president, both 9/11 and ISIS were still in the future, and the Taliban, or its predecessors, in Afghanistan were regarded by the US administration as allies against a possible Soviet takeover of that country!

The idea that the Orlando shooter's father was allowed to come to the US because of lax US immigration policies toward Islamic terrorists is simply delusional. When the killer's father was admitted to the US, could any immigration official have predicted that his unborn child might commit a horrible mass murder 30 years later, for whatever motivation?

As we proceed further into Trump's "address" it will become clearer and clearer, that instead of adopting a rational approach to dealing with the terrorist threat based on the best possible intelligence gathering and screening, and working together with our friends and allies, including those in Muslim countries, to combat radical Islamic extremism, Trump is trying to stir up fear and hatred toward Muslims and immigrants in general.

He is using Islamophobia and anti-immigrant prejudice to attack and smear his political opponents, while presenting himself as the only person who is "strong" enough to save America, very much as Adolf Hitler did in the case of the Jews in order to seize power in Germany.

Is America moving in the direction of repeating that history, only with Muslims and other immigrants as the scapegoats instead?

I will discuss this further in Part 2 of this comment, to follow.
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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 diverse parts of the world and ethnic/religious backgrounds, obtain work visas and green cards.

Roger believes that combating prejudice and discrimination against immigrants by reason of their ethnicity, religion or national origin is essential to maintaining America's democracy and the freedoms that all of us, US citizens and immigrants alike, hold dear. His email address is algaselex@gmail.com








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Updated 06-14-2016 at 06:38 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Ferkol's Avatar
    100% PROOF Orlando Shooting Was a STAGED HOAX...This Is All You Need To See
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wiLk-V9DFpc&time_continue=364
  2. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Wow Roger, looks like this infidel-killing fun never stops for your mozlem buddy-buds Another one started shooting and hostage-taking in Amarillo, TX Walmart. Luckily, police arrived in time and turned this guy into a good mozlem pretty quickly ))


    What can I say...More votes for our future president Trump, who is 100% correct ) Spreading the word far and wide...
  3. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Wow Roger, looks like this infidel-killing fun never stops for your mozlem buddy-buds Another one started shooting and hostage-taking in Amarillo, TX Walmart. Luckily, police arrived in time and turned this guy into a good mozlem pretty quickly ))


    What can I say...More votes for our future president Trump, who is 100% correct ) Spreading the word far and wide...

    "Police have identified the suspect who opened fire at a Walmart store in Amarillo this afternoon as Mohammad Moghaddam, 54.Mohammad Moghaddam, an immigrant, came to Amarillo with his family eight years ago from Iran."
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