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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Howard Fineman, Global Editorial Director of the Huffington Post, writes tellingly on September 26 about what is really at stake in tonight's first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. In his article:

    'Strongmen' Are Back, Will America Elect One?,

    Fineman has the following to say about the Republican candidate:

    "Having defeated totalitarianism and communism, will the U.S. now validate a xenophobic, racist, personality cult driven by fame and social media?

    Will there be an American strongman?"

    See:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...b08d73b831df76

    Fineman continues:

    "It's a global trend, after all, led by the likes of Vladimir Putin in Russia, Xi Jinping in China, Narendra Modi in India...Kim Jong Il in North Korea, Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines and Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.

    In what has become a close race with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the same trait that made trump attractive to agitated and suspicious Republicans is now holding him back: his reckless willingness to unleash the racial and ethnic fears that flow like a poisoned river through the American landscape.

    Fineman might also have mentioned Trump's lack of concern, if not actual contempt, for the most basic freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution - his threat to stifle free speech by "opening up" the libel laws against anyone who criticizes him; his relentless attack on freedom of religion by threatening to ban Muslims from around the world, or at least some parts of it, from entering the US solely because of their religion and to conduct surveillance of Muslim US citizens and their places of worship.

    Fineman might also have written about Trump's open call to violate the federal law against using torture and the 8th Amendment's prohibition of this barbaric and inhuman practice; and his threats to violate the 14th Amendment's due process rights by sending American citizens to Guantanamo.

    Fineman could also have mentioned Trump's call to lock up or even deport his presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton - this must be the only presidential debate in our history where one of the candidates has pledged to send the other to prison if he wins.

    And this is to mention only some of the chilling proposals he has made as to how he would deal with targeted non-white ethnic and religious groups, political opponents, and anyone else who offends or opposes him.

    On September 20, Immigration Daily ran an editorial about Trump's steady stream of lies, not only about immigration, but about almost every other possible subject, something which has also been noted by POLITICO, the New York Times, and many other media. I will not repeat them all here, but this is also typical of the totalitarian Big Lie technique which brought Adolf Hitler to power and which George Orwell describes so graphically in his novels.

    If the past is any guide, we may be able to look forward to hearing at least a few of these Big Lies from Donald Trump in tonight's debate as well - a debate which could well determine whether America remains a democracy, with all its flaws and imperfections, or whether our 240-year-old tradition of freedom will end and be replaced by a fascist, white supremacist dictatorship this coming January.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 09-26-2016 at 06:13 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Neither immigration nor questions relating to adherence to the Constitution and respect for democratic rule came up as topics for discussion in last night's September 26 first presidential debate.

    But by his angry, rambling, unhinged and unfactual approach to almost every issue, and his rush to find foreign scapegoats for almost every problem facing America (such as his claiming that not only China - his favorite target last night, but every country in the world was taking advantage of America on trade), Trump demonstrated once again his total unfitness to be president of the United States and the dangers that our democracy, not to mention our immigration system as we know it, would face in a Trump presidency.

    In contrast, even though this contradicts the popular media's wisdom that both candidates are somehow equally unpopular or disliked, Hillary Clinton's performance was brilliant. She was totally in command of the facts, unafraid to take on Trump and his bullying lies, and never lost her cool or upbeat, optimistic vision for America. In short, she was superb.

    The only times that Trump came across as reasonable, or even rational, were when he at least had the decency to admit that he actually agreed with Hillary Clinton on a few points.

    There will doubtless be many attempts to spin the debate results, but in the opinion of this observer, it may have helped a great deal to lessen the specter of a Donald Trump led fascist dictatorship, fueled by racial and religious hatred, from America's future.

    In short, this first debate was a huge win for Hillary Clinton, and a good omen for the survival of America's democracy.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 09-27-2016 at 06:25 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    When you watch the Trump/Clinton debate on immigration, ask yourself whether the candidates can carry out their promises. I wrote about Trump's inability to carry out his campaign promises in, "Is Trump’s Ten-Point Immigration Plan a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,signifying nothing?" (August 31, 2016), http://discuss.ilw.com/content.php?6999-Is-Trump-s-Ten-Point-Immigration-Plan-a-tale-told-by-an-idiot-full-of-sound-and-fury-signifying-nothing-By-Nolan-Rappaport

    And Hillary's in "
    Should people who want comprehensive immigration reform vote for Hillary?" (July 11,2016), http://www.ilw.com/articles/2016,0711-Rappaport%20.pdf

    If you don't have the time to read the articles, the bottom line is that both are making big promises they need congressional support to implement, support they aren't likely to get.
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    When you watch the Trump/Clinton debate on immigration, ask yourself whether the candidates can carry out their promises. I wrote about Trump's inability to carry out his campaign promises in, "Is Trump’s Ten-Point Immigration Plan a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,signifying nothing?" (August 31, 2016), http://discuss.ilw.com/content.php?6999-Is-Trump-s-Ten-Point-Immigration-Plan-a-tale-told-by-an-idiot-full-of-sound-and-fury-signifying-nothing-By-Nolan-Rappaport

    And Hillary's in "
    Should people who want comprehensive immigration reform vote for Hillary?" (July 11,2016), http://www.ilw.com/articles/2016,0711-Rappaport%20.pdf

    If you don't have the time to read the articles, the bottom line is that both are making big promises they need congressional support to implement, support they aren't likely to get.

    Nolan Rappaport
    Updated 09-28-2016 at 02:17 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  5. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Even though some people may choose to call my comments about Trump "ad hominem" attacks or even "character assassination", character is an extremely important issue in any presidential election, and both candidates would be entirely justified in raising that issue in the presidential debates and campaigns in general.

    Hillary got in quite a few perfectly legitimate hits on Trump on this score at the first debate, while Donald, arguably, may have missed some good chances he might have had to go after Hillary's weak points in this area.

    Arguing "not to worry" - Trump can't possibly carry out his pledge to carry out mass deportation of 12 million (or more?) non-white unauthorized immigrants, is not an answer, if we elect a president who, based on his statements and proposals during this campaign, might possibly turn out to be irrational, bigoted and power-hungry enough to try it anyway.

    Nor does regurgitating old statements that Hillary Clinton may have made in the past allegedly showing lack of sympathy for unauthorized immigrants, much less dredging up ancient history about an anti-immigrant bill that Bill Clinton was forced to sign by the Republican Congress at legislative gunpoint 20 years ago add very much to our knowledge of Hillary Clinton's positions on immigration now, in 2016.

    For that, one can go to Hillary's website or review her current presidential campaign speeches

    Raising up the ancient specter of how Bill Clinton was forced by the Republicans to sign the omnibus appropriation bill containing IIRIRA two decades ago as a guide to Hillary Clinton's current policies makes about as much sense as, and is no more relevant to Hillary Clinton's 2016 immigration proposals than, the reports that Donald Trump was allegedly planning to invite Gennifer Flowers to be in the audience at the first presidential debate.

    Will there be any allegations that Trump is planning to invite Monica Lewinsky next time around? Fortunately, that does not appear to be on his horizon.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 09-28-2016 at 10:03 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Yet another traditionally Republican newspaper, the Arizona Republic, has, for the first time in its history, endorsed a democrat for president, Hillary Clinton, while former Virginia Senator John Warner has joined the long list of former high Republican officials, including 41st President G.H.W. Bush, who are planning to vote for her. There are indeed many, many, responsible Republicans who care more about their country and our democracy than about their party.

    But there is also a wing of the Republican party, lead by Donald Trump, that can quite justly be called the lunatic wing, or at least the lunatic candidate supporting wing. Here are three relevant, and in my view, highly appropriate, headlines in today's (September 28) Washington Post:

    Trump is too much of a wacko bird to be an Albatross (by Dana Milbank)

    Maine's governor is completely unhinged (WP Editorial Board), and

    Chris Christie should be impeached (because of Bridgegate, not Trump, but he is a strong Trump supporter).

    I have nothing to add to these WP headlines, except that it is frightening for the future of America that, even after his disastrous September 26 debate performance, Trump is stlll polling only 3 points behind Hillary Clinton nationwide, according to the latest result.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  7. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Roger, have you checked the backgrounds of the Arizona Republic's editorial board? Are you really willing to rely on an opinion from people with their qualifications in deciding who to vote for? You have heard the expression, Opinions are like..... Everyone has one.

    What are you going to do with your time after the election if Hillary wins? Will you continue your obsessive character assassinations of Donald Trump? If you stop, you will have a lot of free time to deal with. I predict that you will return to your pre-Trump character assassinations of republican congressmen who have the temerity to disagree with your views on immigration issues.

    Nolan Rappaport
  8. Julian Ortuondo's Avatar
    Here's how we select our Ambassadors and Consuls for immigration purposes... (your taxes at work?)
    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/03/obama-goes-havana-bag-man-noah-b-mamet-pretends-diplomat.html

    Also check Wikipedia-Mamet,please


    Obama Goes to Havana; Bag Man
    Noah B. Mamet Pretends to Be a Diplomat


    Posted on March 6, 2016 by Carl Herman

    Guest author “No Passport” American Daniel Bruno reports from Buenos Aires. Daniel is from NYC, is an author, inventor, specialist in 9/11 studies, and the interview host at www.hpub.org

    Enter Noah Mamet
    Noah Mamet is the U.S. envoy to Argentina. His only qualification is the money he raised for Obama 2012, which is arguably a social function of his race as well.
    According to Buzzfeed, in 2014 Democratic Party insiders complained privately that Noah Mamet, founder and president of Noah Mamet Associates, abused his clients and cashed in on his ties to Jim Messina to snag the Buenos Aires ambassadorship, a job he is woefully unqualified for.
    The Huffington Post Club alleges that Mamet leveraged his connections to the Hollywood billionaire Wasserman family and made questionable campaign contributions using family members and pseudonyms of other people during the Obama 2012 campaign.
    Mamet had also consulted at least one client specifically on how best to pursue an ambassadorship before ending up with one himself.
    A list of clients at www.nmapartners.com, a link to which was removed, includes businessman Stephen Cloobeck, philanthropist Jay Snyder and City National Bank head Russell Goldsmith.
    Visitor logs show that Mamet visited the White House 28 times between 2009 and 2015. On at least four of those occasions, Cloobeck, Snyder, and philanthropist Lynda Thomas accompanied him to meetings with White House officials.
    The Association of American Foreign Service Officers sued to block Noah Mamet from gaining the ambassadorship.
    This writer speculates what role Mamet and his staff had in the recent Argentine presidential elections.
    The Argentine Foreign Ministry list of diplomats includes those who may have carried out subversive activities in other countries. Political and economic bureaus may be providing cover to CIA operatives such as Timothy Murdoch Stater, who is not only a practitioner but a theoretician of subversive activities. Kenneth Roy, Yordanka Roy, Brendan O?Brien, Michael Lance Eckel and others may also be working to influence events in Argentina. Anaida K. Haas, O?Brien?s wife, worked with him in Afghanistan and was then transferred to the State Department Office of Russian Affairs. She is also here. Unlike Noah Mamet, she speaks Spanish. It is plausible that Haas?s work in Argentina focuses on trade between Argentina, Iran and Russia. Washington was furious that ex-president Cristina Fern?ndez was on good terms with Vladimir Putin and pledged to supply Argentine goods to the Russian market in defiance of Western sanctions.
    Bad Boy, No Passport
    Speaking of Brendan O?Brien, he wrote a letter to my lawyer that questions my entitlement to a U.S. passport. I have been unable to leave Argentina for 2 years and counting. I’m not wanted for back taxes or child support. I’m not a kiddie diddler or a drug dealer. I’m being told to report to the U.S. embassy to clarify my name, Daniel Bruno, and any other names I may have used as if they don?t keep a dossier on me and don?t know. And they want emergency contacts, so I?m reaching out to you, dear reader, to be one for me and inquire about my welfare at the U.S. embassy, Buenos Aires. I am currently schooling O?Brien and his Israeli citizen (?) boss Noah Mamet about the 1st, 5th and 14th Amendments to our American Constitution.
    Wish me luck and keep in touch.

    God blesses America, today?
  9. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    In response to Nolan Rappaport, Donald Trump himself suggested at the September 26 debate that if he fails to get to Pennsylvania Avenue through election, he would get there through his new hotel on the same street.

    I would be the first person to wish him well, with every good fortune and success, in reaching Pennsylvania Avenue by this latter method.

    I have no reason to be critical of or opposed to Mr. Trump as long as he does not threaten the continued existence of America's immigration system as we know it, our democracy, or world peace, or even through access to the nuclear trigger, the continued existence of this planet.

    I cannot speak for them, but I am sure that the dozens, if not hundreds, of distinguished Republican former officials and national security experts, including former president George H.W. Bush, who plan to vote against him, must feel the same way.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law


  10. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Anyone, by the way, who wants to learn the real meaning of "character assassination" need only check out the unspeakably vile things that Donald Trump has been saying about Alicia Machado, former Miss Venezuela, a Miss Universe, and now a US citizen. See:

    https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...backlash-smear

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 10-01-2016 at 12:42 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  11. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs

    I have no reason to be critical of or opposed to Mr. Trump as long as he does not threaten the continued existence of America's immigration system as we know it, our democracy, or world peace, or even through access to the nuclear trigger, the continued existence of this planet.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    You have been criticizing Trump almost continuously since he announced his candidacy, and you haven't substantiated any of your claims beyond referring readers to other sources that you say support your claims. For a change, state a criticism of Trump and give YOUR reasons for thinking that your criticism is true.

    Nolan Rappaport
  12. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    If there is one single word that can be used to describe Trump's approach to policy issues, which is what this election is fundamentally about, and toward the world in general, it would be "hate".

    Hate toward Mexican and other Latino immigrants, whom Trump describes as "criminals and rapists". Hate toward Muslims, whom he wants to ban from coming to America on the basis of religion or national origin, even without any evidence of terrorist connections; hate against 12 million (or allegedly more - non-white unauthorized immigrants, whom he wants to deport en masse - hate against our neighbor and trade partner Mexico, which he wants to build a Berlin-type or Warsaw Ghetto type Wall against; hate against African-Americans, whom he has degraded and insulted in countless ways, of which the monsttrous "birther" lie against America's first black president that he promoted for several years before finally giving up and then falsely blaming Hillary Clinton for it is one one example; hatred for Syrian refugees, whom he wants to send back to one of the worst humanitarian disasters of modern times, in violation of international law and all moral and humanitarian standards; hatred of anyone who speaks out against him or takes any action opposing him, as witness by his vile, racist, unspeakable attacks on a Latina US citizen and former Miss Universe, a federal judge of Mexican parentage, and on the Gold star parents of a fallen Muslim-American hero who died fighting for America; and hatred for America's own laws and Constitution, which prohibit torture (not :just" waterboarding - but "a heluva lot worse" in his own words - which he has proposed not just for "protection" against terror but as punishment); a Constitution which guarantees religious freedom and which upholds due process that Trump would like to trash by sending US citizens to Guantanamo (!)

    The above are just a few examples of Trump's hatred - all of the above policy views and statements that I attribute to Trump are so well documented and a matter of public record that no one can seriously challenge the fact that he has said or supported all of the above.

    Above all, Trump also has a hatred of the truth. Immigration Daily alone documented at least 14 of his biggest campaign lies in its September 20 editorial: "Liar Trump" - If Nolan can show that a single one of Trump's statements on that list was in fact true or that Trump did not in fact make such a statement, let Nolan come forward and do so - and other media and fact checkers have documented dozens of other examples.

    But I want to be balanced. Trump does not show hatred or disdain for everyone. He does not show hatred for the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, whose military support for the Syrian dictatorship is causing a humanitarian catastrophe in that country and the Middle East that beings back memories of WWII, and whose aggression threatens the peace of the Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

    Trump has not shown very much hatred for North Korea's unspeakably odious tyrant, Kim Jong Un, or even toward the departed, but not widely missed Saddam Hussein, whom Trump has praised for killing "terrorists".

    Again, no one can claim that I am making these things up - they are all well documented matters of public record.

    Nor has Trump shown very much hatred toward the proto-fascist leaders on America's own far right fringe, such as former KKK leader David Duke or "The Stormer" website that have endorsed and praised him - though he has, to be fair, finally disavowed their support. Indeed, there is good reason to believe that Trump has done a great deal to unleash these elements on the far right, with all their racism, white supremacism, anti-Semitism and support of violence.

    The above are the main reasons I would prefer to see Trump continue to flourish in the hotel and resort business, in which I wish him every success as long as he conducts these businesses honestly, ethically and according to law - which, according to many allegations and lawsuits against him, has allegedly not always been the case - but let us put that aside for now - rather than take over the White House.

    Nolan, if he wants, is certainly free to throw around epithets such as "character assassination" or whatever terms he would like to use to describe my above comments, but he would have a difficult time in pointing to anything I have said about Donald Trump above that is not backed up by things that Trump himself has said or done, and that are in the public record.

    Do we really want to elect Donald Trump as America's Hater in Chief? Nolan, you may valiantly try to defend Trump. but are you actually going to vote for him this November? Please don't be shy - we would be edified to learn whom you are supporting to be our next president.

    For more on the demonic far right wing that Trump has very arguably helped to unleash in America, see Heather Digby Parton, writing in salon.com on September 30:

    Hate, unleashed: How Donald Trump unleashed the right wing bigots that the GOP once kept under control

    http://www.salon.com/2016/09/30/hate...ed-the-tether/

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 10-01-2016 at 02:13 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  13. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I also oppose Trump for president because he advocates a major cutback in legal immigration, namely eliminating H-1B work visas and labor certification green cards for skilled workers, even though he has reportedly sponsored over a thousand of his own employees for these benefits himself. He claims that eliminating these benefits would help US workers, but his Republican advisers who have been promoting these cutbacks for many years, such as Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions (who was denied a federal judgeship many years ago because of his own problems with allegations of racial bigotry) have never done anything to help US workers - they have been anti-union and anti-minimum wage. Trump's tax reform plans have also been attacked as a huge giveaway to the rich, and he is a climate change denier who would withdraw from the Paris climate change accords and therefore hasten the extinction of all life on this planet.

    50 leading Republican national security experts have announced that they will vote against Trump for president because of his lack of respect for our overseas allies and for our Constitution. Even a former Republican president George H.W. Bush has stated that he intends to vote for Trump's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Several leading newspapers which have never supported a Democrat for president in their entire history are supporting Hillary Clinton because they believe that Trump is unfit for the presidency by temperment, and that he is dangerous to our national security. Allegations that he is "unhinged" appear in the media almost everyday, and he is constantly making wild statements, such as that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were "co-founders" and "MVP's" of ISIS, to support these accusations.

    I also cannot leave out Trump's many vile and sickening attacks on women, whose right to abortion, he also opposes, in common with most other Republicans.

    Of course, I could give dozens, if not hundreds, of citations for all of the statements or actions by Trump that I have mentioned in this and my previous comments, but it would take me from now until November to list them all, and it is not necessary to do because they are all common knowledge.

    When Nolan says I am making "unsubstantiated" claims against Donald Trump, Iet him state which ones he does not think that Trump is responsible for.

    Nolan, are you claiming that Trump doesn't want to build a Wall, hasn't promised to send innocent and harmless Syrian refugees who are living in America peacefully and legally back to the horrors of that country's war, terror and dictatorship; that Trump hasn't called one prominent US woman a "pig" and referred to another's menstruation in the most vile an demeaning ways; that he hasn't had at least some good things to say about Putin, Kim Jong Un and Saddam Hussein; that Trump hasn't stated that he would like to do things to suspected terrorists that are a "heluva" lot worse than waterboarding; that he hasn't lied about "thousands" of Muslims in New Jersey who allegedly cheered after the 9/11 attacks - a total fabrication which has never been supported by the slightest evidence, etc. etc.? The list goes on and on and on.

    Unsubstantiated charges against Donald Trump, Nolan? What on earth are you talking about?

    Almost every time he opens his mouth, whether to intimidate or threaten his political opponents by "opening up" the libel laws, or to make some other outrageous and utterly false statement, such as that Hillary Clinton wants to "abolish" our borders or admit 650,000 refugees to this country, Trump himself provides ample substantiation for the charges by his constantly growing list of opponents that he is a bigot, a potential dictator, a misogynist, and a pathological liar who shows many signs of being unhinged and totally unfit to be in charge of our national security as Commander in chief, and who would be a danger to the entire world with his finger on the nuclear trigger.

    Nolan, let me ask you this: suppose you could prove that half of the statements and positions I have attributed to Donald Trump in my comments above were totally false - that he never said or advocated these things.

    Would not the remaining half still give you grave doubts about whether you would seriously want to vote for him for president?

    Please be candid.

    Don't readers of this Letters section have the right to know whether, in addition to defending Trump so vigorously against his detractors, including but not limited to myself (as is of course your Constitutional right to do - no one is trying to stop you from speaking out) you are actually planning to vote for him?

    I can assure you and everyone else that I am not. I also encourage all readers of this section to join me in voting for Hillary Clinton, who is the only person in America who stands between America and a Donald Trump takeover.

    Please do not throw your votes away by voting for a meaningless third party candidate, something which would only help to elect Donald Trump.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 10-01-2016 at 07:51 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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