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Clinton's "Basket of Deplorables" vs. Trump's "Basket of Deportables". Roger Algase

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Hillary Clinton has recently drawn a lot of flak for calling Donald Trump's supporters, most, if not all of whom can, without much dispute, be called anti-immigrant, a "basket of deplorables".

It would not be unfair, on the other hand, to say that Trump regards up to 12 million unauthorized immigrants in the US as a "basket of deportables".
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, of diverse nationalities and ethnic/religious backgrounds, obtain work visas and green cards.

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Updated 09-20-2016 at 04:42 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Unregistered222's Avatar
    That was a good one Roger! I laughed so hard that almost fell of a chair
  2. MKolken's Avatar
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Thank you for the comment, Unregistered 222. I am glad you enjoyed my attempt to inject a little humor into this all too combative campaign.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Matt posts a 2003 video in which Hillary Clinton evidently made some tough remarks about illegal immigrants.

    Oh, yes, and let's not forget that Bill Clinton signed the Republican IIRIRA bill into law all the way back in 1996.

    If one goes back far enough in time, one could also no doubt find statements by Donald Trump supporting immigrant rights. Certainly, he has a record of sponsoring over 1,000 immigrants for temporary work visas or green cards.

    But Matt, this happens to be the year 2016. Doesn't it make more sense to go by what the candidates are saying about immigration now, less then two months before an election that could determine the future of America's immigration system, and our democracy, for a generation to come?

    If you go to:

    you will see Hillary Clinton's following immigration proposals:

    1) Introduce comprehensive immigration reform, with a pathway to citizenship,

    2) End the 3 and 10 year bars,

    3) Support DAPA and deferred action,

    4) Focus deportation efforts on violent criminals and protect the rights of asylum seekers,

    5) End family detention and close private immigration detention facilities

    Which are closer to the policies that you have been advocating, Matt, the above, or Donald Trump's? Certainly, you cannot say that there is no difference between them with a straight face.

    No, Hillary's immigration record isn't perfect, but isn't she essentially on your side, especially with regard to item 5 above?

    The great but far too little known ancient Roman poet Lucan, who was forced by Nero to take his own life at the young age of 25, wrote the following in his introduction his brilliant epic "Civil Wars":

    In sua victrici conversum viscera dextra

    ("A victorious nation drove its right hand into its own entrails.")

    Even if one thinks that Donald Trump is the most tolerant, humanistic and supportive person in America toward immigrants, and an outstanding example of honesty and integrity in all of his dealings, is it not the fact that he supports immigration enforcement policies with, shall we say by way of enormous understatement, certain rough edges compared to Hillary Clinton's announced policies?

    Compared to Trump's immigration agenda, is not sniping at Hillary for her various policy lapses, mainly in the past, a little like (figuratively speaking, of course) turning our own pro-immigrant right hands against our own entrails, and those of the immigrants and immigrant communities we are all trying to defend and support?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 09-21-2016 at 06:02 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  5. MKolken's Avatar
    "End family detention and close private immigration detention facilities"

    Clinton is on the side of the private prison lobby:
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