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What Will Happen to Immigration under President Donald Trump? Roger Algase

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Update: November 14, 9:12 pm.

The latest report is that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 2 million votes. How many millions of immigrants are at risk of having their lives disrupted or destroyed because of the long outmoded quirk (glitch would be a better word) in our voting system known as the electoral college which, for the second time in 16 years, has elected the popular vote loser as president?

How many millions of American will suffer having their immigrant husbands, wives or parents torn away from them by jackbooted police as a result? How safe will the freedoms of American citizens be in the America of popular vote loser Donald Trump?

Update: November 9, 10:33 am.

According to the latest reports I have seen, Hillary Clinton won the nationwide popular vote by over 200,000 votes. Our immigration policies for the next four years, which may affect immigration for the next generation or even half century, will have been decided by a less than perfect democracy, it would appear.

My original post appears below.

As this is written, Donald Trump has just made his victory speech as president-elect of the United States, using uncharacteristically generous and humble language and emphasizing his intention to serve and unify Americans of "all races and religions".

There was none of the vindictive and hostile language against immigrants and other racial/religious minorities which has been the hallmark of his campaign. However, his singling out Alabama Republican Jeff Sessions, arguably the strongest anti-immigrant voice in Congress, for commendation on stage, was an ominous sign that Trump may reward the overwhelmingly white voters who have propelled him to the presidency by pursuing the radical anti-immigrant agenda which he promoted during his campaign.

Let there be no equivocation about this. Trump will become president on January 20, 2017 with virtually dictatorial powers. despite the slim margin of his victory, which could, as of this writing, still possibly include losing the national popular vote to Clinton, as results from heavily Democratic Western states are not completely counted as of this writing.

Trump will control both Houses of Congress, all agencies of the federal government and, before long, the Supreme Court and most of the lower federal courts. The question is whether he will run the country as a benevolent strongman or dictator, or whether he will use his enormous power to divide America further along racial and religious lines, as he did successfully in order to become president.

Despite the humble, respectful and unifying tone of his victory speech, Trump has not renounced or modified any element of his extreme, radical anti-immigrant agenda. In case anyone didn't notice what that agenda was during his campaign, I will summarize the highlights:

1) Carry out mass deportation of up to 12 million mainly Latino and minority immigrants, something that would be on a scale unknown in America's history,

2) Involve state and local police in immigration enforcement, along the lines of Arizona's discredited 2010 "papers please" immigration law and now abandoned federal/state programs such as 287(g) and "Secure Communities", creating a virtual reign of terror in immigrant communities coast to coast,

3) Build a wall against Mexico and bar Muslims, either as a religion or by national origin from mainly Muslim countries from entering the US,

3) End or sharply curtail most, if not all, employment based, legal immigration by abolishing visa categories such as H-1B, J-1, and Labor Certification green cards,

4) End DACA and send Syrian refugees who are already in the US back (in violation of international law against refoulement) to their dictatorship and terror-plagued country,

5) Seek to amend (or maybe just reinterpret) the 14th Amendment to deprive millions of American-born children of birthright citizenship, leaving many of them stateless and all of them subject to deportation.

6) Appoint a special commission, which by all indications, would most likely be loaded up with extreme immigration opponents such as Jeff Sessions or Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, in order to "review" our current immigration laws and, conceivably, return America back to the dark days of the whites-only Johnson-Reed immigration act of 1924.

7) Even though, unlike the above proposals which he has actually spoken about, Trump has not mentioned the following, it is not inconceivable that he might use his virtually unlimited powers to suspend immigration under INA Section 212(f) to halt all immigration, or large parts of it, while bringing about the changes mentioned above.

All of the above are dark and dangerous, if not horrifying, possibilities for immigration advocates and immigrant communities across America. But they are still very realistic possibilities based on Trump's campaign statements and the broad, if not almost unlimited powers he will have as president and virtual dictator, benevolent or otherwise.

No one should be happy at this prospect except the KKK and other white nationalist hate groups which have been giving Trump so much support and will inevitably be thrilled with his election.
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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 and ethnic/religious backgrounds obtain work visas and green cards.

Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com

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Updated 11-14-2016 at 08:11 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Good Day Roger ! Very good Day Indeed! Sun will rise and set over president Trump for the next 8 years! Each day!

    By the way. What about this Nigerian guy who promised to tear up his greencard if Trump wins? Do you have his phone #? I would like to call him up and give him advice how to properly surrender his permanent residence in the US. Will need to explain to him that simply tearing the greencard will not work. He needs to do it properly.
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