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Sanctuary cities have a new, cheaper way to help undocumented by Nolan Rappaport

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel established in December a million dollar Legal Protection Fund for undocumented immigrants living in Chicago. It will help them get the legal assistance they are going to need when President-Elect Donald Trump begins his enforcement program. The money will make it possible for the Chicago-based office of the National Immigration Justice Center to represent 3,000 more undocumented immigrants in removal proceedings.

This appears to be a growing trend.
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Point No. 4 in President-Elect Trump’s 10-Point Plan to Put America First calls for an end to sanctuary cities, which presumably will be done by threatening to withhold federal funds from cities that refuse to cooperate with his administration’s enforcement program.

Mayor Emanuel’s Legal Protect Fund may be a more effective way to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation and it should avoid that threat.

Read more at --
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blo...p-undocumented



Published initially in The Hill.


About the Author
Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an Executive Branch Immigration Law Expert for three years; he subsequently served as the immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for twenty years. He also has been a policy advisor for the DHS Office of Information Sharing and Collaboration under a contract with TKC Communications, and he has been in private practice as an immigration lawyer at Steptoe & Johnson.

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Updated 01-17-2017 at 07:40 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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    America may also have to think about whether adopting immigration policies based on or influenced by a belief that certain immigrant groups (including but not limited to Mexicans and Muslims) are a danger to this country's white majority because of their ethnicity of religious beliefs may in effect be providing "sanctuary" for totalitarian movements which are utterly incompatible with American democracy.

    A chilling January 17 Slate report, quoting a story in an English language Austrian newspaper, states that, at the invitation of Representative Steve King (R-Iowa), one of the most strident anti-immigrant voices in Congress, who has a long and unsavory history of racial slurs against Mexican and other non-white immigrants (see below), has invited representatives of Austria's far right Freedom Party, which was actually founded by Nazis (the real ones), to visit Washington during Trump's inauguration.

    See:

    Representatives of Austrian Party Founded by Nazis Will Attend Trump Inauguration

    (Sorry, I do not have a link - please go to Google. I also want to make clear that there is no invitation coming from Trump himself or his team, and that there are no plans for them to meet with Trump.)

    King, who has become notorious for calling DREAMERS "Drug Mules" and for maintaining that non-white groups have not contributed to as much to world civilization as Europeans (see the above Slate story) is one of the most strident anti-immigrant voices in Congress, and his rhetoric brings back memories of a long history of racial discrimination in America's immigration history, as thoroughly documented in a 2013 Huffington Post article:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephe...b_3653145.html

    Much as many of us would like to do so, we cannot ignore the close connection between attacks on immigrants based in race or religion and adherence to outright fascist or neo-Nazi ideology, something which is rapidly growing among far right parties in many parts of Europe, not only in Austria.

    If American politicians continue to give "sanctuary" to policies based on a belief that immigrants from certain countries or parts of the world are bad for America purely because of their ethnicity or religious beliefs, as Steve King maintains, how safe will the future of our own democracy be, and for how long?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 01-17-2017 at 08:52 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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