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Trump's Phoenix Immigration Speech: A Preview of New American Fascism? Roger Algase

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The following comment has been revised as of September 6 at 10:15 am.

In my September 1 post, I focused on the ominous implications in Trump's August 31 Phoenix speech for the future of legal, non-racially biased immigration in America, based on his implied attack on the 1965 immigration reform law which abolished more than 40 years of "Nordics-only" immigration bigotry embedded in America's previous immigration system.

I will return to that subject in Part 2 of that comment, to appear shortly. My September 1 post also contains a link to he transcript of the entire speech, which I encourage everyone to read from beginning to end in order better to understand my comment in that post and in the comment quoted below.

In the meantime I will present a selection of media reactions to Trump's Arizona speech, dealing with various aspects of Trump's continuing resort to anti-immigrant hate and the threat it poses but to America's democracy.

I will begin with a quote from a September 1 Daily Kos article entitled

"Trump is all-in on fascism: Phoenix speech will be remembered as most important of campaign"

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/9...nt-of-campaign

"In a speech riddled with exaggerations and flat-out lies, Trump embraced every conspiracy theory of the white nationalists alt-right, and rolled them into a mega-conspiracy, one in which immigrants are to be feared, shunted an hunted down...One in which the record low number of people crossing the border is actually a record high, and the law crime rate of immigrants is a plague on the land."

And also:

At a time when President Obama is actually in conflict with immigrant groups over a record level of detainees and [deportations], Trump painted the president as a 'weak and foolish' enabler who opened the jail cells of criminal immigrants in full knowledge that they planned to kill...

As numerous media reports have indicated, Trump's Phoenix speech, in typical Donald Trump style, was vague, if not deliberately confusing or ambiguous, about which immigrants Trump actually intends to deport. See: The Hill:

Five burning questions about Trump's immigration plan

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign...migration-plan

Parts of the speech could be read as stating that Trump would focus on criminal immigrants only (as the Obama administration is now claiming to do and as Hillary Clinton has also suggested).

But other parts of his speech indicate that every unauthorized immigrant in America would be deported in a Trump administration. Either way, it is clear that Trump would be targeting millions of people for deportation, and, according to his rhetoric, doing so within a very short time after taking office.

How does he propose to carry out this kind of mass deportation in a way consistent with practices on a democratic country? Salon.com writes on September 3 that in order to deport the huge numbers of immigrants he apparently intends to remove, especially in a very short time, Trump would need to turn America into a police state similar to the one which deported millions of Jews and other "undesirables" from Nazi Germany.

See:

Trump's mass deportation machine: He'll create an American police state equal to Nazi Germany


http://www.salon.com/2016/09/03/trum...rmany_partner/

And another, very apt, comment comparing Trump's vision of America as a country which persecutes and deports immigrants, rather than welcoming them, with Nazi Germany's treatment of people who were considered undesirable, appeared last December in an article by Henry A. Giroux, a writer and professor at McMaster University in Canada, right after Trump announced his proposal to ban every Muslim in the world from entering the United States.

See:

truthout.org December 8, 2015:

Fascism in Donald Trump's United States

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/3...-united-states

Giroux writes:

"...of a piece with his portrayal as violent rapists and drug dealers, and with his calls to put Syrian refugees in detention centers and create a database to control them. These comments sound eerily close to Heinrich Himmler's call for camps that held prisoners under orders of what the Nazis euphemistically called 'protective custody'. This fascist parallel only gains currency with Trump's latest efforts to ban Muslims from the United States."

Giroux also writes:

"Trump and his ilk merge a hypernationalism, racism, economic fundamentalism and religious bigotry with a flagrant sense of lawlessness. His hate-filled speech is matched by an unsettling embrace of violence against immigrants and other opositional voices issued by his supporters at many of his rallies. This type of lawlessness does more than encourage hate an violent mob mentalities; it also legitimizes the kind of inflammatory rhetoric that gives credibility to acts of violence against others."

Giroux continues:

"Such acts point to a large climate of lawlessness in US society that makes it all the easier to ignore human rights, justice and democracy itself...We heard this same hatred in the words of Hitler, Mussolini, Pinochet and other demagogic orators who have ranted against Jews, communists and others..."

And, most frightening of all for the future of democracy in Donald Trump's America, Giroux writes:

"Trump's recent call to bring back waterboarding and to support a torture regime far exceeds what might be called an act of stupidity or ignorance. Torture in this instance becomes a means of exacting revenge on those whom the right considers to be 'other,' un-American and inferior, principally Muslims, immigrants..."

And the above was written before Trump's recent statement in which he said that he would be "fine" with sending US citizens to Guantanamo (!), in violation of even the most elementary guarantees of due process of law under our Constitution See:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/13/us...namo.html?_r=0

It was also written before Trump's August 31 speech in which Trump suggested that Hillary Clinton should be deported!, while his supporters shouted "lock her up!", something that Trump has also previously called for many times.

Even if one tries to pass off calling for Hillary Clinton's deportation as a 'joke" (which Trump himself has not said it was - he also initially claimed to be serious about calling her and President Obama "founders" and "MVP's" of ISIS), can anyone remember any presidential campaign in modern US history, or in the history of any democratic country, where one candidate has suggested deporting or locking up an opponent even as a joke?

But there are many countries where this kind of discourse has been, and still is, par for the course. There is a word for these countries. It is called "fascist".
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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 various parts of the world obtain work visas and green cards. Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com

​Inque vicem gens omnis amet ("May all nations have affection for each other" - Marcus Annaeus Lucanus)

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Updated 09-06-2016 at 09:46 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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    In the end, Mrs. Clinton had already been selected to become the next president and nothing will revert such outcome.

    Trump Enterprises are merely maximizing their profits on this reality show via advertising, marketing and publishing, courtesy of mainstream media while appealing to the ignorant and gullible masses in America.
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