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Trump Allegedly Lied About Ancestry, While Fans Lie About Immigrants. Roger Algase

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Update, 9:35 am, July 19:

I could not help noticing the many comments in the July 18 issue of Immigration Daily about topics such as EB-1 retrogression and EB-5 regional centers. I have no intention of overlooking the importance or relevance of these subjects.

I do not practice in the EB-5 field myself, and I only very occasionally handle an EB-1 extraordinary ability green card case - such as one I wrote about last year in which the USCIS Texas Service Center, on its own motion, and for no valid reason, revoked an I-140 approval which had previously been granted. even though there was no new information in the case and no relevant change in the law.

It took about a year, but I was ultimately successful in having the I-140 EB-1 approval in that case reinstated by the AAO, as I also wrote in a blog comment last year on this site.

But without in any way downplaying the importance of these and other day-to-day immigration issues which are crucial for our clients, such as the alarming and unjustified rise in utterly meritless, if not totally incompetent, RFE's in a variety of H-1B and other cases which I will also write about in more detail in a forthcoming post, one has to ask whether it is not also important, or even more so, to write about the existential threat to our entire immigration system as we know it that is very arguably being posed by the Donald Trump candidacy and the apparent takeover of the Republican party by a proto-fascist right wing extremist faction whose commitment to democracy is, to put it very mildly, open to serious question.

As immigration lawyers, are we too busy rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic?

I write the above out of a sense of extreme urgency in view of the litany of hatred and insanity by speaker after speaker against immigrants and those who stand up for their rights in the event known as the opening day of the Republican National Convention that took place in Cleveland on July 18.

The best description of this was by Washington Post editorial writer Stephen Stromberg in his July 19 article::

"The GOP's despicable first night of the Republican national Convention"


(Sorry, I do not have a link - please go to www.washingtonpost.com)

The sheer madness and hatred of speaker after speaker, who tried to demonize all immigrants as killers of innocent Americans, and who, in effect, accused President Obama and Hillary Clinton of treason in allegedly putting the interests of immigrant terrorists over those of the American people, threaten to turn this years presidential election into a replay of the 1932 election in Germany which ultimately led to installing Adolf Hitler in power.

Now that a late poll shows Trump only 2 points behind Hillary Clinton nationwide, it is way past time for immigration lawyers to speak out about what may be an existential threat to our democracy and to our immigration system that depends on that democracy.

Let the deck chairs on the Titanic take care of themselves.


A previous update and my original post apprear below.

Update, 1:52 pm, July 18:

What is the real objective of Trump's immigration policy proposals? According to respected commentator Juan Williams, the only purpose of proposals such as building a Wall with Mexico and banning most (if not all) Muslims from around the world from coming to the United States, is one goal only - to gain white working class votes. Williams writes:

"Trump's approach 'opened the door to assertions of white identity and resentment in a way not seen so broadly in American culture in over half a century, according to those who track patterns of racial tension and antagonism in American life', the New York Times reported last week.

The Times wrote that Trump's campaign has 'electrified the world of white nationalists.'"

See:

http://www.thehill.com/opinion/juan-...-all-on-whites

It may be worth noting that the reference to "white identity and resentment" a half century ago cannot help but bring up the fact that it was in 1965, exactly a half century ago plus one year, that the racist "Nordics-only" Immigration Act of 1924 was finally abolished by Congress and replaced with the ostensibly race-neutral immigration system that we have had ever since.

Is it the goal of Donald Trump's draconian anti-Muslim and anti-Latino immigration proposals to bring that bigoted 1924 law, or its equivalent, back almost 100 years later, in the 21st century?

My original post follows:

According to a July 16 article by David Smith about Donald Trump's background in The Guardian called: Donald Trump: the making of a narcissist, Trump's grandfather, a German named Friederich Trump, immigrated to the US in 1885, became a US citizen and changed his name to Frederick.

See:

https://theguardian.com/us-news/2016...issist-profile


The Guardian
continues, writing about Fred, Frederick's son and Donald's father, who married a Scottish woman, Donald Trump's mother:

"Fred claimed to be of Swedish, not German, descent because of anti-German sentiment in the US between the world wars. Until 1990, including in his 1987 best seller The Art of the Deal, Donald Trump himself claimed Swedish, not German, ancestry, even though his German grandmother lived across the street from the family until her death. It was an intergenerational white lie that arguably speaks volumes about Trump's life and career of truthiness."


Based on the above report, it would seem that Trump had less respect for his own real immigrant ancestry (of which he has every reason to be proud in actuality - not the least because of Germany's standing today as a beacon of tolerance and welcome for the same Middle Eastern refugees from tyranny and terrorism whom Trump wants to keep out of the United States) than do most members of immigrant groups such as Mexicans and Muslims.

These are the groups whom Trump has attacked and demonized on the basis of their "heritage" - including U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over a lawsuit alleging that now defunct Trump University made promises to its students that were no more truthful than Trump's claims about his ancestry were according to the above article.

For more information about Trump's German ancestry, see

http://genealogy.about.com/od/famous.../p/trump_2.htm

See also the following February comment by Leonid Bershidsky in Bloomberg News:

"The similarity between the way the U.S. treated Germans during the world wars and the was Trump wants it to treat Muslims is striking. And if, in the late 19th or early 20th centuries, the United States had as restrictive an immigration policy as Trump proposes,, his grandfather couldn't have come in the first place - or returned when Germany rejected him."

http://www.themonitor.com/opinion/co...cf77ae3b3.html

Why is Donald Trump's ancestry worth writing about at all? Isn't America a nation which judges people by their ideas and principles, and their ability to contribute to our society, rather than by their ancestry, the color of their skin or their religious beliefs?

Obviosly, it doesn't make any difference whether an immigrant comes to the US from Sweden, Germany, Ecuador or Malawi. Or at least it should not. There would seem to be no point in Trump's alleged attempts to mislead the public about which Northern European country his grandparents happened to come from.

Immigration to the US is supposed to be based on merit, as defined by our immigration laws, not race or religion.

But maybe someone should tell that to Donald Trump, whose drastic threats to close our borders to and engage in mass deportation of Latino, Middle Eastern and other non-white immigrants could, in effect, take America back to the not so distant days when our immigration laws made it difficult, if not nearly impossible, for anyone who was NOT of Trump's real or claimed ancestry, or of similar so-called "Nordic" ancestry, to immigrate to the United States.

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Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For mote than 35 years, he has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants obtain work visas and green cards. Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com

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Updated 07-19-2016 at 10:48 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Good post Roger! 100% agree. [Defamatory content deleted - RA] should be definitely judged by how are "contributing to society". Here is a little piece on their recent contribution to French society. Good read

    "According to this testimony, Wahhabist killers apparently gouged out eyes, castrated victims, and shoved their testicles in their mouths. They may also have disemboweled some poor souls. Women were stabbed in the genitals – and the torture was, victims told police, filmed for Daesh or Islamic State propaganda. For that reason, medics did not release the bodies of torture victims to the families, investigators said"

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/07/15/french-lawmakers-told-bataclan-terrorists-tortured-disemboweled-victims.html
    Updated 07-18-2016 at 08:40 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    The above is one more of many such comments in response to my posts by an unidentified commentator who evidently believes that all of the word's 1.6 billion Muslims, including thousands of Muslims who have themselves been murdered and, no doubt, tortured by the inhuman monsters who call themselves the "Islamic State", not to mention the millions of other innocent Muslims (along with non-Muslims) who have fled from tyranny and terror to seek refuge in the west, are somehow responsible for these atrocities purely because of their religion.

    I will permit the above comment to stand, but I would caution anyone who is interested in commenting that while serious discussion of immigration issues and policies is welcome on this site, hate rants against entire ethnic or religious groups are not, and all such future posts will be deleted on the grounds of lack of relevancy to the issues dealt with on this site.


    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 07-18-2016 at 11:02 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Having said the above, I will certainly grant that questions of how to prevent and detect home grown radicalization by Muslim terrorist groups, how to screen refugees and other immigrants and how to enforce the immigration laws effectively, fairly and humanely, are without question open to legitimate discussion on this site.

    But posts of the "all Mexicans are drug dealers" or "all Muslims around the world are terrorists" variety do not make any contribution to such a discussion, any more than comments about "The international Zionist Jewish Conspiracy" would have made 75 or 100 years ago, or the "Catholic plot to turn America over to rule by the Pope" would have made 150 years ago (or even 60 years ago, when a book to that effect American Freedom and Catholic Power was very popular in America).

    No one in his or her right mind would take such a book seriously today.

    Pejorative comments of the type mentioned above against entire ethnic or religious groups do not qualify as serious discussion of immigration law or policy issues and are accordingly not appropriate for this site.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 07-18-2016 at 10:58 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  4. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Wow, Roger, now I kind of believe that you have some kind of super powers. Everytime you make a post in defense of your mozlem buddies, they turn around and commit some kind of horrible bloody infidel-murdering crime

    Another lesson here, gun control will not help as a righteous mozlem will use anything he can get a hold of to kill infidels: knives, hatchets, trucks and pressure cookers

    So, today another fake mozlem "refugee" was hacking peaceful German taxpayers on the train with a hatchet, while screaming "Allahu Akbar". No kidding!

    An axe-wielding Afghan teenager attacked passengers on a train in Germany on Monday night, leaving three seriously injured, in what was described by officials as a "probable" Islamist attack. It is quite probable that this was an Islamist attack," said a ministry spokesman, adding that the attacker had apparently shouted "Allahu akbar" (God is greatest) as he stabbed people. The attacker was said to have been carrying "weapons for slashing and cutting?, according to German media reports


    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/18/german-train-axe-attack-many-injured/
  5. Koulomb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered222
    Wow, Roger, now I kind of believe that you have some kind of super powers. Everytime you make a post in defense of your mozlem buddies, they turn around and commit some kind of horrible bloody infidel-murdering crime

    Another lesson here, gun control will not help as a righteous mozlem will use anything he can get a hold of to kill infidels: knives, hatchets, trucks and pressure cookers

    So, today another fake mozlem "refugee" was hacking peaceful German taxpayers on the train with a hatchet, while screaming "Allahu Akbar". No kidding!

    An axe-wielding Afghan teenager attacked passengers on a train in Germany on Monday night, leaving three seriously injured, in what was described by officials as a "probable" Islamist attack. It is quite probable that this was an Islamist attack," said a ministry spokesman, adding that the attacker had apparently shouted "Allahu akbar" (God is greatest) as he stabbed people. The attacker was said to have been carrying "weapons for slashing and cutting?, according to German media reports


    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/18/german-train-axe-attack-many-injured/
    That Afghan refugee was just returning the favor for all the bombs and bullets that the Bundeswher has dropped and fired all over his country killing countless of innocent Afghani civilians (btw, what Germany is doing in Afghanistan?)...an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooh, simple as that - thus ordinary Germans shouldn't complain too much; same for the French due to their involvement in places like Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, etc.

    On the other hand, Roger Algase's obsession with reality show entertainer Donald Trump is reaching levels of fearp0rning never seen on immigration attorneys' posts before.
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Koulomb's attempt to justify the attack in Germany by an Afghan refugee is even more irrational and indefensible than Unregistered222's bigoted attempts to blame 1.6 billion Muslims around the world every time someone belonging to that religion commits a violent crime.

    Neither one mentions the alarming increase in violent crimes being committed against Muslim refugees by German citizens, even though a Google search will turn up many such news reports.

    As for trying to dismiss Donald Trump, whom the latest polls now show to be within 2 percent of becoming America's first fascist dictator, as just a "reality show entertainer" one could ask which planet this commentator is watching his or her reality shows on.

    And with all due respect to my immigration attorney colleagues who are more worried about the latest EB-1 retrogressions or EB-5 investigations than whether America will continue to have an immigration system as we know it, or a democracy to support our immigration system, I would point out that someone also had to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic after it hit the iceberg to make sure that they were in good order.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 07-19-2016 at 02:28 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  7. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Late reports indicate that the attack on a German train by an Afghan refugee may have been carried out by ISIS, or at least ISIS inspired.

    What is the best way NOT to stop these inhuman ISIS monsters from carrying out or inspiring further attacks against innocent people, including thousands of Muslims in places such as Iraq, Istanbul and Bangladesh, not to mention Syria itself, who have also been attacked and murdered by these insane, deranged terrorists?

    It is to blame 1.6 billion innocent Muslims around the world every time ISIS commits one of its atrocities. Anyone who really cares about eliminating this terrorist scourge from the face of the earth should advocate doing whatever is necessary, even if it means military action, to wipe out this group of insane criminals, instead of lending support to their propaganda and recruitment efforts by using their attacks as an excuse to spread hatred against all of the Muslims of the world, and their religion, in general.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 07-19-2016 at 06:41 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  8. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Could not agree with you more! German army (by the way, learn ho to spell ignoramus - it is Bundeswehr) has absolutely no business in Afghanistan killing civilians. Regular Afghans are 100% right being mad and wanting a revenge for that. Completely agree with you.

    This, however, brings another question. Why would you want to import fake "refugees" who hate your guts and want to avenge and kill you? You probably should round up these fake mozlem "refugees" ASAP and ship them back to whatever they crawled out of Everyone wins.

    Quote Originally Posted by Koulomb
    That Afghan refugee was just returning the favor for all the bombs and bullets that the Bundeswher has dropped and fired all over his country killing countless of innocent Afghani civilians (btw, what Germany is doing in Afghanistan?)...an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooh, simple as that - thus ordinary Germans shouldn't complain too much; same for the French due to their involvement in places like Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, etc.

    On the other hand, Roger Algase's obsession with reality show entertainer Donald Trump is reaching levels of fearp0rning never seen on immigration attorneys' posts before.
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