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Trump: 1965 Reform Law "Outdated"; Legal Immigration Needs Big Cutback. Roger Algase

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It is always nice, I suppose, when someone makes a prediction that doesn't result in having to eat one's words. In my August 31 Immigration Daily post, I predicted that Donald Trump would offer America a fabulous, wonderful, new immigration system - but without any immigrants. After reading the full text of his speech, it looks as if i wlll not have to eat those words. This full text is available at;

Immigration reform without immigrants, or at leas a lot fewer than we have now,, is exactly what Trump proposed in his August 31 Phoenix, Arizona immigration speech. Anyone who predicted that Trump might show any moderation, "softening" or balance on immigration in order to reach out to minorities or to a wider segment of the electorate will have plenty of his or her own words to eat.

One could have guessed that Trump would make an anti-immigrant speech that would "Trump" even his previous rants against Latino, Muslim and other minority immigrants by his choice of location - Phoenix, Arizona, home of Maricopa county sheriff Joe Arpaio, arguably the most prominent anti-immigrant law enforcement officer in America, who is now in trouble with the federal court system over his alleged illegal ongoing racial profiling of Latinos.

Arizona, as no one will forget, was the home of the notorious SB 1070 immigration enforcement law that was later thrown out in large part by the Supreme Court as an intrusion on federal supremacy over immigration.

And Trump did not disappoint the most extreme elements in the anti-immigrant movement who have been at the heart of his campaign support, such as Senator Jeff Sessions, (R-Alabama) who appeared on stage with him.

Columnist Ann Coulter, who is notorious for her disparaging comments about Latino, Muslim and other "third world" immigrants, and former KKK leader David Duke also reportedly gave Trump's Arizona speech rave reviews - and it is not hard to see why. See:


I will not go into detail here about Trump's blaming immigrants, for the umpteenth time, for all the problems of America - crime, terrorist threat - job loss; or about the draconian enforcement measures that he once again reiterated - the Wall; Mass Deportation Task Force; reinstating programs such as Secure Communities, which have created so much fear in immigrant communities; ban on visas from mainly Muslim countries, and an ideological test for entering the US, to name only a few.

I will focus only on his proposals for "reforming" legal immigration - to eliminate or drastically reduce the number of future immigrants, with disturbing references to the 1965 immigration reform law that, without expressly saying so, contain hints of wanting to return to the white supremacist "national origin" immigration quotas of the bigoted Johnson-Reed Immigration Act of 1924.

As will be shown in the Part 2 of this comment, it is worth asking whether there would be any legal immigration left at all under a Trump administration.

To be continued in Part 2.
Roger Algase is a New York 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 obtain work visas and green cards. Roger's email address is

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Updated 09-05-2016 at 11:22 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Pingone's Avatar
    Reality-show entertainer Donald Trump made his point about immigration yesterday in Arizona:
    - No mass deportation of undocumented aliens who lack of criminal record.

    The rest of his speech sounded more like Obama's mediocre Executive Actions on immigration although on steroids (seems that Trump may effectively use Executive Orders and not administrative actions).

    Mr. Algase, better refocus your articles strictly on immigration issues rather than politics, since you have shown a gruesome lack of vision on the latter, and your constant diatribe (and fear****ing too) on that buffoon proved beyond reasonable doubt that you were ridiculing the reputation of this blog.
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Pingone might want to have a try at actually reading Trump's speech and my above comments about it. He (or she) might learn some things about immigration policy and America's recent immigration legal history that have important implications for the issue of whether America will continue to have a viable and functioning legal immigration system if Donald Trump becomes president.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 09-01-2016 at 08:31 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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