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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I instinctively tend to take coverage of the presidential election inThe Hill with at least a few grains of salt, since their pro- Trump coverage tends to outrun their articles that are critical of the GOP candidate by a factor of at least 2 or 3 to 1, by my count.

    To give only one example, the day on or after FBI director Comey announced that he would not recommend bringing charges against Hillary Clinton over her emails, The Hill ran no less than seven stories in the same issue criticizing Comey's decision!

    I do not recall seeing a single article in that issue defending her or pointing out the obvious fact that, as a matter of law, she is now innocent of any wrongdoing since no criminal charges have been brought against her.

    Certainly, there does not appear to be any immediate danger that The Hill will make it onto the "honors" list of publications that Trump has barred from covering his activities, and which is one of the many reasons that so many Americans are worried about Trump's proto-fascist tendencies, any time soon.

    However, in its August 1 issue, The Hill is running an article by commentator Juan Williams that contains some criticism of Hillary which is not without justification.

    The article is called:

    Juan Williams: Dems should not take Latinos for granted.

    Williams' thesis is that Hillary should be doing more to reach out to Latino voters, given the crucial influence they are likely to have in this year's election, and the great advantage she already has with the various Latino communities, the great majority of whose members loathe Trump for perfectly understandable reasons.

    The Hill's article points this out, citing a July WSJ/NBC poll giving Trump only 14 percent support (!!!) among registered Hispanic voters.

    Unfortunately, instead of seizing on this great advantage (which Trump is actively doing everything he can to widen even further - it seems as if he will not be satisfied until his support among Latino voters goes down to 1 percent!), Clinton appears to have taken the timid, safe, opportunistic road by picking a white candidate, former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, who apparently speaks fluent Spanish but is unlikely to arouse any great enthusiasm in Latino communities or among any other voters, over some excellent Latino candidates whom she could have picked for VP instead.

    This unwillingness to stick her neck out, and her lack of courage in making any kind of a bold choice, merely reinforce the image of Hillary as unprincipled, calculating and manipulative, if not actually cynical, which Trump and his white supremacist supporters are trying to mold her into as part of their election strategy, and which, to be fair, many voters already have of her anyway.

    It also raises in my view, entirely legitimate concerns whether, as president, she would really fight with all her heart and soul for the immigration reforms that she is paying such fine lip service to now, just as her husband had little hesitation about throwing millions of Latino and other minority immigrants under the bus when he signed the Republican-crafted monstrosity known as IIRIRA almost exactly 20 years ago - what a sad anniversary! (to borrow one of Donald Trump's favorite expressions).

    Hillary Clinton has a great responsibility to all Americans, not only Democrats, as the only person standing between America and something that could well lead to a fascist dictatorship in this country.

    She should rise to that responsibility by showing more courage in reaching out to a minority that is absolutely essential to her chances of being elected president.

    The Hill's article is at:

    http://www.thehill.com/opinion/juan-...os-for-granted

    See also: POLITICO:

    Will Latinos pull the lever for Tim Kaine?

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/0...latinos-226532

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 08-01-2016 at 08:09 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  2. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    I Was Just Joking?: Media Apoplectic as Khizr Khan Attack on Donald Trump Goes Down in Flames

    Mainstream media figures from the New York Times to the Huffington Post to CNN are apoplectic Monday as their latest attack on Donald J. Trump, the Republican nominee for president, has crumbled yet again under the slightest bit of scrutiny.

    Specifically, the newest line of attack to fall apart is the criticism of Trump over Khizr Khan, the Muslim Gold Star father who spoke at the Democratic National Convention last week.

    Over the weekend and for the past few days since Khan spoke alongside his wife Ghazala Khan about their son, U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004, media-wide reporters, editors, producers, and anchors have tried to lay criticism on Trump over the matter. They thought they had a good one, a specific line of attack that pitted Trump against the military?and supposedly showed him as a big meanie racist in the process.

    But, as Breitbart News showed on Monday midday, that clearly was not the case. Khizr Khan has all sorts of financial, legal, and political connections to the Clintons through his old law firm, the mega-D.C. firm Hogan Lovells LLP. That firm did Hillary Clinton?s taxes for years, starting when Khan still worked there involved in, according to his own website, matters ?firm wide??back in 2004. It also has represented, for years, the government of Saudi Arabia in the United States. Saudi Arabia, of course, is a Clinton Foundation donor which?along with the mega-bundlers of thousands upon thousands in political donations to both of Hillary Clinton?s presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2016?plays right into the ?Clinton Cash? narrative.

    All of this information was publicly available, and accessible to anyone?including any of these reporters, and Breitbart News?with a basic Google search. Anyone interested in doing research about the subjects they are reporting on?otherwise known as responsible journalism?would have checked into these matters. But clearly, none in the mainstream media did?probably because, as Fox News? Chad Pergram noted, Democrats ?sense blood in the water over? the whole Khan controversy.

    For the rest of the account, go to --

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/08/01/just-joking-media-apoplectic-khizr-khan-attack-donald-trump-goes-flames/
  3. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs

    Williams' thesis is that Hillary should be doing more to reach out to Latino voters, given the crucial influence they are likely to have in this year's election, and the great advantage she already has with the various Latino communities,

    Clinton appears to have taken the timid, safe, opportunistic road by picking a white candidate, former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, who apparently speaks fluent Spanish but is unlikely to arouse any great enthusiasm in Latino communities or among any other voters, over some excellent Latino candidates whom she could have picked for VP instead.

    This unwillingness to stick her neck out, and her lack of courage in making any kind of a bold choice, merely reinforce the image of Hillary as unprincipled, calculating and manipulative, if not actually cynical, which Trump and his white supremacist supporters are trying to mold her into as part of their election strategy, and which, to be fair, many voters already have of her anyway.

    It also raises in my view, entirely legitimate concerns whether, as president, she would really fight with all her heart and soul for the immigration reforms that she is paying such fine lip service to now, just as her husband had little hesitation about throwing millions of Latino and other minority immigrants under the bus when he signed the Republican-crafted monstrosity known as IIRIRA almost exactly 20 years ago - what a sad anniversary! (to borrow one of Donald Trump's favorite expressions).

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Clinton didn't just sign IIRIRA, he and his chief of staff praised the fact that it was getting tough on enforcing the immigration laws. In any case, Hillary can't go too far with the Latino voters. The approach she is taking to immigration reform has no chance of success, and she is smart enough to realize it. Recall how much criticism Obama took early in his presidency when he wasn't able to deliver on his immigration reform promises. Apparently, he talked to some people who knew what it would take to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill, i.e., compromises on enforcement to get the necessary cooperation from the Republicans, and just dropped the idea.
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    The attempted hatchet job by the right wing Breitbart News site against the Muslim immigrant father of a brave, patriotic Muslim American soldier who gave his life serving his country in Iraq is not only irrelevant to Khan's eloquent DNC Convention speech against Trump's bigotry, but it is beyond reprehensible.

    The Breitbart piece is nothing more than the old McCarthyite tactic of guilt by association brought up to date. There is nothing in the piece that points out anything illegal that Khan may have done at that law firm, or even connects him personally with working on behalf of either Saudi Arabia or the Clinton Foundation.

    But even if he had, how would that have disqualified Khan from speaking out against Trump's anti-Muslim bigotry, or using his son's sacrifice as an example of the loyalty and devotion to the United States that the overwhelming majority of American Muslims have demonstrated?

    The Breitbart article also tries to pillory Khan for allegedly working on some EB-5 visa cases, despite the fact that this program, while controversial, is entirly legal, and was recently re-authorized by a Congress controlled by the same Republican party that has just nominated Trump for president.

    As shown by the quote from a statement by RNC chairman Reince Priebus cited below, attacking the Gold Star parent of a fallen soldier whom even Trump himself has reportedly called a "hero", is simply beyond the pale.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 08-02-2016 at 06:39 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  5. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    The following statement is by RNC chief Reince Priebus, speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer as quoted in POLITICO on August 2.

    "...I think this family should be off limits., and we love them and I can't imagine being the father of a little girl and boy and going through the unbelievable grief of them not coming home one day in battle."

    Priebus also said that there is "nothing but honor and respect" for the Khan family and all Gold Star families.

    Is there anything more than that that needs to be said, or should be said, about this brave Muslim immigrant family whose son made the ultimate sacrifice for his country? See:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/0...zr-khan-226533

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 08-02-2016 at 06:39 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    POLITICO reports on Augusr 2 that Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) has become the first Congressional Republican to announce publicly that he will vote for Hillary Clinton. In an oped for Syracuse.com he wrote that Trump:

    "..is unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country."

    Will Rep. Hanna turn out to be only the first of what could be a long list of principled Republican leaders who care about their country more than about which party wins, and who will be voting for Hillary Clinton this fall, either by public announcement or in the privacy of the voting booth?

    See:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/0...clinton-226555

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 08-02-2016 at 10:39 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  7. Julian Ortuondo's Avatar
    John Kerry is visiting Argentina today, so I took this unique opportunity to demonstrate peacefully at the Embassy with an American and an Argentinian flag and a banner reading: SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN F. KERRY: STOP FRAUD & MISTRETAMENT TO AMERICAN SENIORS IN THIS U. S. EMBASSY BY AMBASSADOR MAMET AND HIS CORRUPT CONSULS!!!!! Of course, I was harassed by the private security of the Embassy on the sidewalk, with a whistle. Well, I had my own made in the USA whistle, and whistled back, loud and clear!!! Hiding the dust under the mat only worsens it... Now I want the money back and the visa for my spouse. Fair enough?
  8. Julian Ortuondo's Avatar
    And, I sent this ller to Mr. Kerry: Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 3, 2016

    Mr. Secretary of State,
    John Forbes Kerry
    Embassy of the United States, Buenos Aires, Rep?blica Argentina

    Dear Mrs. Kerry.

    Welcome to Argentina, the country I was born in many years ago. I am a senior American citizen, with American kids and grandkids living back home in the U.S.A.
    Unfortunately, due to the violation to the law and the abuse of power of Ambassador Noah Mamet and his “gang”, I am stranded here in Argentina with my spouse (under the local City law) away from home and family. With an outrageous fraud and discrimination, this corrupt Embassy kept the money of Mar?a J. Ord??ez -my woman- for a tourist visa, without even checking her documents. And, made her also lose the money paid to the American Chamber of Commerce, who sponsored her due to our close relationship with them for many years.
    I sent many letters to the Government, including yourself, and to international immigration lawyers, such as ILW. Also to Human Rights and other organizations, denouncing the violation to the law and abuse of power of the present U.S. Administration. Sad to say. I am hereby attaching some of the latest letters I sent.
    I will be demonstrating pacifically today at the Embassy as I did before many times, including during the visit of President Obama, now with a sign with your name on it, asking for your help. I hope you are compelled enough and act according to your duties, honoring what you swore when you took office. In any case, you will sooner or later become a plain senior citizen, just like me, and I may have the chance then to tell you in person, looking eye to eye, how disappointed we taxpayers are to pay your salaries, politicians and diplomats, while we are mistreated and ignored by you. It would be great, then, that your family also learns eventually about the damage Obama Government did to our family, unfairly keeping us separated for some many years despite the fact that we are all Americans. Don?t be so harsh on Mr. Trump, he could be much better than our present corrupt diplomats. In any case, he could have a lot of power in the next Congress and I will let him now about the present U.S. diplomacy in Argentina, a real shame.
    You can find yourself there in my passport, Mr. Secretary of State: (see American passport, were it reads that citizens are allowed to the Embassy premises).Well, we, Senior America Citizens, are not only mistreated at the Embassy, but banned to get into the premises. Mar?a was mistreated too, they made her cry, as they do in the Embassy with women and men of all nationalities, with cruelty and disrespect. There are not even restrooms available at the long lines waiting at the doors when Winter hits young and old people, American citizens or not. To get in you have to get rid of all your belongings, and you have to pay to an improvised person across the street (an open field), who makes good business with this madness to keep our stuff…
    Instead of just destroying with cowboy diplomacy ISIL, think in the first place why these violent assassins progress. They are not all stupid, there are many professionals among them. Well, even our American Government exercises VIOLENCE to us American Seniors, unfairly, not listening and keeping our money with fraud. What can we expect from our enemies if our own authorities abuse us, Americans? Think it over… Mr. Obama doesn?t count on me as a friend in Argentina any more, trust me. As a teacher, I tell my students (University) of this misery of our present diplomacy, every day.By the way: Teachers really matter, Mr. Kerry?
    Very respectfully:

    Julian L. Ortuondo, Senior American Citizen, Teacher
    M.T. de Alvear 1675, 3 “I”, CABA 1060 - Rep?blica Argentina, email: julianort@gmail.com
    Phone: +541148137287, Cell. 1564364608
  9. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    I have seen this type of reaction from many immigration advocates when republicans disagree with their immigration reviews.

    Scarlet Letters, Stereotypes and Tolerance August 2, 2016
    Posted by Chris Mark

    Two days ago I wrote a blog post related to the DNC. The post has since gone viral and over 4,000 people have commented. While the vast majority of comments have been positive, and supportive there are people who disagree with my position. That is expected and part of our great nation. Some of these people have made valid arguments and have been polite and professional. While this post was intended to make a point to a small audience it has created a social experiment.

    I have truly been taken aback however by sheer number of vulgar, vitriolic comments stereotyping me and all Republicans and, in particular, Trump supporters. Let me be clear. There were some nasty comments by Trump supporters but not at the level of the other side. Even when I wrote my post on Mrs. Palin the vast majority of ?right wing? comments simply accused me of being a ?closet democrat? but did not launch attacks like these. I want to share some of the comments from Hillary Clinton supporters:

    The Republican Party is a terrorist group
    Go F%%K Yourself
    You are a F%%king racist
    You are a F%ggot
    You are Uneducated
    You believe Gays shouldn?t have any rights and everyone should carry an AR 15 to work
    Do I really have to guess what you look like you inbred sister f%%king hillbilly
    You piece of garbage, trash, facist, racist, zenophobe
    When did we become a nation of redneck hillbillies?
    Trump and his supporters, the fact that they are a bunch of racist and bigots
    You would not have made that comment if the Khans had been White and Christians
    You all need to stop clinging to your God and guns
    Please tell me where to meet you so I can spit in your face
    I want to slap you
    You are a traitor
    You are retarded

    The list goes on and on?these (including the physical threats) are from the ?Tolerant left? in response to the fact that I said I would vote for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. With regard to the White and Christian comment I pointed out that I had written a blistering piece on Sarah Palin who is both White and Christian. This did not seem to matter. The coup de grace however is this gem:

    ?You are a f%%cking racist Chris.?
    I responded politely asking the reader to query everything I have written and find where I was racist. Her reply?
    ?Just because your posts and other comments are not racist does not excuse you from being a racist.? (emphasis added)
    So simply by virtue of supporting someone that this person does not agree with paints one as a racist. In short you are guilty of racism with zero evidence until they ?excuse you? from that label? This is the height of intolerance from the tolerant Hillary Supporters.

    I think Hillary Clinton?s campaign should consider adopting the 1980?s Rush song SubDivisions. One of the lyrics says:

    ?Conform or be cast out!?

    This is the divisiveness and intolerance in our country today. If you do not agree with the other and conform, then you should be cast out or denigrated. So, why am I voting for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton? Simple the same reason everyone chooses one candidate over another. Satisficing. Satisficing is simply prioritizing your criteria and choosing from the best available options. Some people value social issues more, others may value economic issues. It is these points on which we actually vote.

    Has Donald Trump said things with which I don?t agree? Absolutely. That being said, he has not compromised national security nor lied to congress about his actions. He has not allowed the death of 4 Americans (my view). These are the primary criteria on which I am voting. End of story. This doe not make me a racist, bigot, or anything else other than a voter who values one option over the other.
  10. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    To argue that everyone who is concerned about what would happen to America under a Donald Trump presidency is opposing him only out of disagreement Republican positions on immigration or other issues is sheer nonsense.

    The list of Republican leaders who have said that they cannot support Trump for president, or are supporting him, but with strong reservations about some of his statements, is growing day by day. It includes, just to name a few, the Republican leaders of both the House and Senate, former president G.W. Bush and the last two Republican presidential candidates, and Republican Congressional figures too numerous to mention, including a Republican Congressman, Richard Hanna (NY) who has announced that is voting for Hillary Clinton.

    The list also includes the chairman of the RNC, Reince Priebus, and even Trump's own VP pick, Gov. Mike Pence, who seems to be disagreeing with Trump on an almost daily basis about one statement or another, according to the latest news reports.

    The sometimes heard argument that Trump only cares about national security and that his opponents lack sufficient concern for protecting the American people from terror and foreign aggression is also absurd.

    According to the following March 3 AP report, more than 70 conservative national security experts, including former Reagan and Bush administration officials such as, but not limited to former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff, wrote an open letter stating that Trump is unfit to be commander in chief, and is dangerous and uninformed. See:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/conservat...on.html?ref=gs

    Here is a quote from the AP report about the letter:

    "They [the conservative national security experts] called Trump 'fundamentally dishonest' and said his support for the expanded use of torture against suspected terrorists is inexcusable. They also cited Trump's 'hateful, anti-Muslim rhetoric', his admiration for Russian president Vladimir Putin, and his advocacy for waging trade wars, which they said would lead to economic disaster in a globally connected world."

    To attempt to characterize opposition to Trump as merely partisan, lunatic fringe or as coming from people who do not care about national security simply does not accord with reality.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 08-05-2016 at 05:11 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  11. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Further on the issue of whether Donald Trump represents a clear and present danger to America's national security, see the August 5 NY Times op-ed by Michael J. Morell, former CIA Acting Director, which makes a devastating critique of Trump's potential effect on America's national security.

    Morell writes that Trump would be a "poor, even dangerous, commander in chief", that he may be "an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation", and that his proposed Muslim ban "plays into the hands of the jihadist narrative".

    Morell urges anyone who really cares about our country's national security to vote for Hillary Clinton. See:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/op...nton.html?_r=1

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
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