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Trump's Immigrant Fear Tactics Raise Concerns For Democracy's Future. Roger Algase

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Update: July 25, 1:40 pm:

We should also remember Donald Trump's proposal to close down some or all of the Internet, America's main vehicle for free speech, using fear of terrorism as a pretext. Anyone who is not concerned about the survival of our democracy in a Trump presidency is simply wearing blinders.

See:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/0...8dc0c3570978e9...


Update, July 25, 12:24 pm:

The latest news report is that the Ansbach, Germany bomber who blew himself up and injured a dozen people had allegedly pledged allegiance to ISIS.

Update, July 25, 6:09 am:


A July 24 story in defenseone.com indicates Vladimir Putin may have arranged to hack into the Democratic National Committee email system in order to publish thousands of sensitive campaign related emails for the purpose of embarrassing Hillary Clinton.

If this is true, and if Donald Trump is elected as our next president due to the help and support of one of the world's most dangerous and powerful foreign dictators, one can be sure that this is one email hacking event that Hillary Clinton's opponents will not show very much interest in investigating or talking about.

See:

http://defenseone.com/technology/201.../130163/print/

Update, July 24, 11:08 pm:

Reuters reports that a Syrian man who had been denied asylum in Germany a year ago died on July 24 when a bomb he was carrying exploded in the city of Ansbach. The report states that 12 people were wounded in the attack. The report does not indicate any known terrorist connection.

See:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ge...-idUSKCN1040y7

Update, July 24, 3:52 pm:

Huffington Post
reports on July 24 that a lone Syrian refugee, with no apparent terrorist connection, attacked some people in the Black Forest city of Reutlingen, Germany. witn a machete, killing one woman and injuring one or two other people.

In an independent development, POLITICO reports that, according to Trump's latest remarks, his switch from wanting to ban Muslims from immigrating to the US on the basis of religion to doing so the basis of country of origin is not a "rollback" of his previous worldwide Muslim ban, but an "expansion".

Many of Trump's detractors and opponents have accused him of being ignorant about U.S. immigration laws (and about our Constitution in general), but in this case, Trump's comments would appear to show a good deal of sophistication.

His comment is fully in the spirit of America's 1924 "national origins" immigration law which attempted to restrict unpopular immigrants, such as Jews, Italian, Eastern Europeans and Middle Easterners, on the pretext of country of origin, rather than ethnicity, which of course was the real reason as shown by the legislative history and other historical background of that law.

Let us hope that if Trump becomes president, we will not see a return to the bigoted, "Nordics" only policies of the 1924 law. There is every chance that we might.

See:

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/0...lim-ban-226082

My original post appears below:

Much of the nation is still trying to recover from the shock and horror of Donald Trump's July 21 acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in which he set forth a fear-filled, apocalyptic vision of an America under siege and threatened with violence, crime and terrorism at the hands of Latino and Muslim immigrants and other non-white minorities.

Here are some excerpts from Trump's speech, taken from the official version available on Trump's own campaign website, donaldjtrump.com (annotated with over 200 footnotes, not a few of which refer to items which appreared in openly pro-Trump media such as Fox News and breitbart.com, as well as some of Trump's own previous speeches):

First, about Muslims:

"The damage and devastation that can be inflicted by Islamic radicals has been proven over and over...

My opponent has called for a radical 550 percent
increase in Syrian refugees on top of existing massive refugee flows coming into our country under President Obama. She proposes this despite the fact that there's no way to screen these refugees in order to find out who they are or where they come from."

The latter paragraph above is an egregious use of the well known authoritarian Big Lie technique - President Obama has so far admitted only a few thousand Syrian refugees - nowhere near his own tiny target of 10,000 total compared to one million in Germany alone. Refugees are also subject to a screening process that is at least as intensive, if not more so than those for any other immigrants to the US.

See:The United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) Consultation & Worldwide Processing Priorities

https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/refugees-asylum/refugees/united-states-refugee-admissions-program-usrap-consultation-worldwide-processing-priorities


Next, Trump attacked Mexican and other Latino immigrants with by now familiar scare tactics:

"On Monday, we heard from three parents whose children were killed by illegal immigrants...

We are going to build a great big border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into out communities.

Again, the fact that independent studies have shown that immigrants have lower crime rate that US citizens did not seem to bother Trump.

See Cato Institute: Higher Immigration: Lower Crime (David Griswold, December 2009)

(Link not available; please use Google.)

Trump continued:

"Tonight, I want every American whose demands for immigration security have been denied - and every politician who has denied them- to listen very closely to the words am about to say...

My plan is the exact opposite of the radical and dangerous immigration policy of Hillary Clinton.

Americans want relief from uncontrolled immigration. Yet Hillary Clinton is proposing mass amnesty, mass immigration, and mass lawlessness."

While Trump's exercise in stigmatizing and demonizing Muslim and Latino immigrants as terrorists and criminals won praise from some sources, such as former KKK leader David Duke, see:

http://reuters.com/article/us-usa-da...-idUSKCN1021WA

more rational commentators, however, were appalled at the threat to America's democracy inherent in Trump's dark warnings of violence, terror and lawlessness at the hands of non-white immigrants.

They were also concerned about Trump's charge that Hillary Clinton was supporting violence and terror, and that she was therefore a criminal herself, if not actually guilty of treason - a charge that some of Trump's followers have, reportedly, shouted enthusiastic support for at the convention and at some of Trump's rallies.

Commentator Fareed Zakaria, writing in the Washington Post, compared this to the practice of locking up political opponents in Latin American "banana republics" of 30 years ago, see:

http://tucson.com/ap/commentary/fare...c46f34b50.html

Meanwhile, human rights activist and chess champion Gary Kasparov, also writing in the Washington Post, compared Trump's fear tactics to those of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. For a link to that article, see:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...b01180b52f3e76

Kasparov writes:

"Donald Trump's dark and frightening sppech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday had pundits and historians making comparisons ranging from George Wallace in the 1960's to Benito Mussolini in the 1930's. As suitable as those comparisons may be, the chill that ran down my spine was not because of Trump's echoes of old newsreel footage. Instead, I saw an Americanized version of the brutally effective propaganda of fear and hatred that Vladimir Putin blankets Russia with today."


The Washington Post itself published an editorial called:

Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy

(July 22 - please go to www.washingtonpost.com or Google to access.)

And here is what Isaac Chotiner has to say about Trump's acceptance speech, writing in Slate:

See: July 22, The Next Trump

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_a...at_the_mc.html

(If the above link doesn't work, please go to www.slate.com or search Google.)

"Trump's speech left no doubt that he is an uninhibited authoritarian who would wreak havoc on the country and the world if elected. When the text of Trump's speech leaked Thursday afternoon, pundits focused, correctly, on how dark it was, and how terrifying a picture it painted of present day America. And, indeed, the written speech was gloomy and apocalyptic. But it was nothing compared to the speech as delivered by a red-faced, angry madman."

Chotiner also writes:

"Trump's plan for the country became clearer Thursday night. He is painting the United States as essentially a country on the verge of a breakdown, and thus a country that needs to take extraordinary measures to be rescued. Hence the focus on crime, terrorism and social decay; hence the misleading statistics and dark warnings about the future...A state of emergency calls for extraordinary measures."


The above is already scary enough. But for anyone who has been following Trump's campaign, and especially his immigration proposals, there is nothing new or surprising about the essentially authoritarian nature of Trump's "vision" for America.

It began last year when Trump first proposed his police state "deportation task force" to expel up to 12 million mainly Latino and Asian unauthorized immigrants from the United States. This will be described in detail in a forthcoming post. See:

New York Times: Donald Trump's Police State, Timothy Egan, November 27, 2015

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/27/opinion/donald-trumps-police-state.html?_r=0

______________________________________

Roger Algase is a New York lawyer and 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's practice focuses primarily on H-1B specialty occupation and O-1 extraordinary ability work visas, J-1 trainee visas, and green cards though labor certification, extraordinary ability and opposite sex or same sex marriage.

Roger believes that a functioning legal immigration system depends on maintaining the health of our democracy; and that attempts to demonize and exploit prejudice against immigrants based on ethnicity or religion can undermine democracy and destroy the freedoms that all Americans now take for granted.

Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com




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Updated 07-26-2016 at 03:44 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Sampaio's Avatar
    Seems that Roger Algase's fearp0rn-driven posts have been acquired while watching and listening the reality-show entertainer's speeches.

    It is also disturbing that Roger cannot grasp that the US political system is NOT a democracy, instead it is a constitutional republic (wondering if Mr. Algase completely forgot the basics of American government).

    As president Franklin D. Roosvelt once said:
    PRESIDENTS ARE SELECTED, NOT ELECTED

    Mrs. Clinton had already been SELECTED to become the next president, like it or not and nothing will change such outcome... In a few words, YOUR VOTE DOES NOT COUNT and the ongoing reality show called "Presidential Elections" is designed to keep entertained and distracted the ignorant and gullible masses in America (and Roger's posts seems to be fulfilling that purpose).

    Mr. Algase, instead of constantly fearp0rning about Trump why don't you spend some time analyzing the consequences of a currency crisis and its effects on immigration in the United States (especifically the demise of the US Dollar as the world's reserve currency).

    Google the following terms:
    - GLOBAL RESET
    - SPECIAL DRAWING RIGHTS
    - RENMINBI RESERVE CURRENCY
  2. Unregistered222's Avatar
    This post has been deleted. The commentator may want to submit it to a more appropriate site for expressing ethnic or religious animosity, of which I am sure there is abundance of on the Internet.

    This site is for a serious discussion of immigration-related issues only.


    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 07-24-2016 at 09:31 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Sampaio, in the above comment, persists in calling Donald Trump a "reality show entertainer". Some people may find the prospect of their country turning into a dictatorship entertaining.

    Others might not think that is quite so amusing.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  4. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Poor old Roger, delete these posts as long as you want It has just been confirmed that another fake Syrian "refugee" blew up himself and killed people you do not even understand what kind of storm is brewing up here. Spreading the news far and wide

    Syrian suicide bomber, 27, blows himself up outside music festival in Germany - injuring 12 - as it's revealed he was denied asylum one year ago but was allowed to stay in the country

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ushome/index.html
  5. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    There are an estimated one million Syrian and other Middle Eastern refugees in Germany who are living there peacefully and have done no harm to anyone. Nor do either of these two latest incidents appear to have any terror group connections, so far as has been reported up to now.

    Blaming every member of a particular ethnic or religious group throughout the entire world every time that someone from that group commits a crime somewhere has nothing to do with a serious discussion of immigration policy and is more appropriate to sites maintained by the Ku Klux Klan or other hate organizations.

    Anyone who supports this type of thinking would be well advised to seek out one of those sites for posting comments. I understand that there is a wide choice available.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  6. Unregistered222's Avatar
    100% percent agree with you Roger. I'm completely against blaming fake Syrian "refugees" for anything. In fact, they could and should do whatever they want, as long as they stay in Syria.

    The truth is, however, in the total absence of any screening information on those "refugees", it is absolutely impossible to screen out violent subhumans whose only intent is to kill infidels, while pretending to be a fake Syrian "refugee".

    So, Trump is 100% right when he insists that these fake refugees need to be sent back to Syria ASAP. This is also corroborated by Israel (smartest country in the world) policy on these fake "refugees", which is to accept precisely 0 fake Syrian "refugees"

    By the way Roger, check latest CNN Clinton/Trump poll. I guess American public kind of shares this opinion as well





    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    There are an estimated one million Syrian and other Middle Eastern refugees in Germany who are living there peacefully and have done no harm to anyone. Nor do either of these two latest incidents appear to have any terror group connections, so far as has been reported up to now.

    Blaming every member of a particular ethnic or religious group throughout the entire world every time that someone from that group commits a crime somewhere has nothing to do with a serious discussion of immigration policy and is more appropriate to sites maintained by the Ku Klux Klan or other hate organizations.

    Anyone who supports this type of thinking would be well advised to seek out one of those sites for posting comments. I understand that there is a wide choice available.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  7. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    The latest news report is that the Syrian bomber in Ansbach, Germany had allegedly pledged allegiance to ISIS.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  8. Jokol's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    The latest news report is that the Syrian bomber in Ansbach, Germany had allegedly pledged allegiance to ISIS.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    ISIS = CIA + MOSSAD+ MI6 + DGSE

    The German government must be blamed for that incident, simply becuase the bureaucratic authorities handling refugees could easily have done the opposite by giving to that misable individual a legal presence and nothing would have occurred (one less disgruntled individual walking the streets of Germany).

    Think outside the box: how this refugee was able to get access to powerful explosives...and that's exactly what CIA/MOSSAD/MI6/DGSE operatives are capable to do.
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