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Trump Attacks Somali Immigrants, Calls For Reversal of Federal Appeals Court Anti-Discrimination Decision. Roger Algase

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Donald Trump ended the last weekend of his presidential campaign on Sunday, November 6 just as he began it almost 18 months ago, with an attack on a minority immigrant group. This time, however, his target was not Mexicans or Latinos, but Somali immigrants.

Speaking in Minneapolis, where there is a large Somali refugee community, Trump, despite his very slim chances of winning in heavily Democratic Minnesota, passed up an opportunity to make an appearance in a more closely contested nearby state, Wisconsin, in order to weigh in against the "disaster" which he sees as taking place in Minnesota, namely the admission of Somali refugees to that state.

The Guardian reports that there are 85,000 Somali Americans, with the largest concentration living in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Of these, there has been exactly one mass stabbing attack by a single individual who was shot dead by police, which attack was promptly condemned by Somali community leaders.

Three Somalis, two of them US citizens and one a lawful permanent resident, have pleaded guilty to trying to join ISIS, and according to the same report, more than 30 young Somali men are suspected of having left the US to join ISIS or the East African terror group al-Shabaab.

These small numbers have not stopped Trump from claiming that Somali immigrants in general are a danger to Twin Cities residents as a whole.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...-migrants-isis


Trump also stated, with regard to arrangements made by the federal government to allow Somali refugees to settle in Minnesota, allegedly without sufficient background checks (which the paper also explains as consisting of multiple interviews with various US security agencies taking up to two years)

"it's horrible what they're doing, and if you want people to pour into Minnesota all you have to do is vote for Hillary Clinton."

(Whether or not one agrees with Trump's immigration policies and proposals or not, no one can accuse him of using arcane or abstruse language in his speeches. In the unlikely event that we were not to hear any further from Trump after this election, whatever the result, his plain speaking style - as opposed to the content - would surely be missed by many.)

The Guardian also points out that Somali immigrants have become a target for domestic (white) militia terrorists, as in the case of three men who were recently arrested in Kansas for allegedly planning to bomb an apartment building with a number of Somali residents and where one apartment was used as a mosque.

Trump also took the opportunity to condemn a recent (October 3) Federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision by Judge Richard Posner ruling against an attempt by Trump's running mate. Indiana Governor Mike Pence, to bar Syrian refugees from settling in his state.

Trump has said that he would bar refugees from settling in states without the approval of local governments, adding:

"You've suffered enough in Minnesota".

As The Guardian's story also explains, Judge Posner, (writing for a unanimous three-judge panel) found in his decision that Pence's actions were discriminatory, and were:

"...the equivalent of his saying...that he wants to forbid black people to settle in Indiana not because they's black but because he's afraid of them, and since race is not his motive he is therefore not discriminating."

The case in question is Exodus Immigration v. Pence. (7th Cir. October 3, 2016)
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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 diverse parts of the world obtain work visas and green cards.

Roger's practice is focused on H-1B specialty occupation, O-1 extraordinary ability and J-1 trainee work visas, as well as green cards through labor certification (PERM) and opposite sex or same sex marriage. His email address is algaselex@gmail.com









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Updated 11-07-2016 at 08:15 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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