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Letters of the Week: October 10 - October 16

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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    With regard to Immigration Daily's October 11 editorial referring to an article about the possible consequences of a Trump presidency on immigration policy, I have begun a series of blog posts on ilw.com on the same subject, but dealing with this issue specifically from the point of view of Constitutional rights of both immigrants and minority US citizens, with profound implications for the future of American democracy.

    My first installment appeared on October 11 and I invite all readers who care about Constitutional issues related to immigration law to go to my post and all future ones in this series.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 10-11-2016 at 03:31 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    For a comprehensive article about the danger to our democracy posed by Trump's threat at the October 9 presidential debate to put Hillary Clinton in jail, something more associated with third world dictatorships than with the United States of America, see Yoni Applebaum: The Atlantic, October 10:

    Trump's Promise to Jail Clinton Is a Threat to American Democracy

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/...ocracy/503516/

    Updated 10-11-2016 at 09:28 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    For a comprehensive article about the danger to our democracy posed by Trump's threat at the October 9 presidential debate to put Hillary Clinton in jail, something more associated with third world dictatorships than with the United States of America, see Yoni Applebaum: The Atlantic, October 10:

    Trump's Promise to Jail Clinton Is a Threat to American Democracy

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/...ocracy/503516/
    This is an absurd distortion of what he said, which according to the article you rely on is, “I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation.”

    He almost certainly expects this to result in putting Hillary in jail, but if he intended to put her in jail without regard to due process, he would be saying that he will direct the US Attorney's office to prosecute her instead of saying that he will have the AG appoint a special prosecutor.

    The whole point of appointing a special prosecutor instead of using the US Attorney's office is to ensure an objective, impartial, politically unbiased investigation. If the special prosecutor concludes that no crime has been committed, that will be the end of it.
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    The above reply to my letter about Trump's threat to put Hillary Clinton in jail only quotes from the opening paragraph of the article I cited. It doesn't mention the second paragraph of the same article, which quotes from the October 9 debate as follows:

    "'You know', Clinton later responded, 'It's just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law of our country.' Trump couldn't resist. 'Because you would be in jail,' he broke in."

    (Italics added).

    Any second grader would have no difficulty in putting these two sentences together: If Donald Trump were in charge of the law in this country, Hillary Clinton, his opponent for the presidency and the leader of the opposition party, would be in jail.

    What other possible meaning could these two sentences together have, according to the plain words of the English language?

    Now we know the result that Trump would expect from a special prosecutor and what his motive would be in appointing one.

    Would this be the "objective, impartial, politically unbiased" investigation that the writer of the above response to my previous letter claims would be the case? Or would it be the kind of show investigation and trial that is typical of totalitarian countries the world over put on by dictators who want to purge or liquidate their political opponents ?

    Under these circumstances, Trump's threat to appoint a special prosecutor to put Hillary Clinton in jail has nothing to do with serving the interests of justice, but rather, in the words of the great 1st Century A.D. Roman poet Lucan, would constitute:

    Iusque datum sceleri

    ("Legality conferred upon infamy.")

    i.e. a total mockery of justice.

    Trump's threat also raises another question: after he puts Hillary in jail, how many of her supporters would also follow in due course?

    Would a president who, as a candidate, has said he would be "fine" with sending American citizens to Guantanamo, which is intended to be beyond the bounds of any type of due process known to our Constitution, stop short at retaliating against her supporters as well?

    For the answer to this question, we only have to look at the records of three of the foreign dictators whom Trump has had at least a few good words to say about: Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un and, of course, the late, departed, Saddam Hussein.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 10-13-2016 at 12:08 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  5. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    For another, and very apt take on Trump's similarity to dictators in other parts of the world, see David Ignatius, writing in the Washington Post on October 11:

    "Dealing with the world's bullies is complicated by having a wannabe member of the club running for president...when a leading US presidential candidate proclaims his support for torture, religious discrimination...

    Comparing Trump to Vladimir Putin may be flattering Trump."

    http://kwotable.com/2016/10/11/donal...rld-strongmen/

    See also

    Huffington Post, October 12:

    A Donald Trump Presidency Would Be Dangerous For The World: UN Rights Chief


    The Huffpost writes:

    "U.N. High Commisioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein cited Trump's views on vulnerable communities, including minorities, and his talk of authorizing torture in interrogations, banned under international law, as deeply unsetting and disturbing."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-presidency-dangerous-un_us_57fe07d9e4b0e9c70229e87c?section=&


    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law


    Updated 10-12-2016 at 09:05 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    As an update, I do not want to minimize the importance of Trump's vile comments, or even, as alleged but not so far proven, actions against various women or against women in general.

    To quote an expression recently used (in a different context) by one of Trump's top campaign advisers, Kellyanne Conway, no one should be "*****footing" around that issue.

    But it says something about America, and about our media, that if Trump is finally brought down, and America is saved from coming under a white supremacist dictatorship after next month's election, it would be because of all the sensational stories about alleged sexual conduct and harassment, serious as they are, rather than the even more fundamental issue of whether Trump has the slightest commitment whatsoever to democracy and to the rule of law.

    One Vladimir Putin is enough. Do we need a second one in America? This is the most important issue of all that we will face on November 8.

    Along this same line, I recommend Charles Krauthammer's excellent October 13 article in the Washington Post:

    It's not 'locker room' talk. It's the 'Lock her up' talk.

    http://newsobserver.com/opinion/op-e...108029637.html

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 10-13-2016 at 08:04 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  7. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    And here are two more important and timely articles about the dangers for our democracy if Donald Trump is elected president. First, in Slate:

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_a...ng_closer.html

    and a Washington Post editorial:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...c4_story.html?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
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