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To control immigration, Trump needs to think outside the wall. By Nolan Rappaport

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If President-elect Donald Trump implements his first and most important campaign promise, a border wall may indeed reduce illegal crossings. But the new administration should know it takes more than a wall to secure the border.

High walls make illegal border crossings more difficult but not impossible. Recently, more than 400 immigrants climbed over the 19-foot-high barbed-wire fence on the border between Morocco and the enclave of Ceuta, Spain. They make this illegal crossing to seek work or asylum in Europe.

Illegal crossers climb over high fences on U.S. borders too. A video clip taken by a television film crew shows two suspected drug smugglers climbing over the border fence between Mexico and Nogales, Ariz., with large packs on their backs.

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Originally published on 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 01-19-2017 at 10:36 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    It is very sad, not only for legal immigrants who love and respect our country's freedom, democracy and commitment to equal opportunity regardless of race, color or religion, but for America as a whole, that America's 45th President has begun his presidency with a speech that repeats the anti-immigrant scapegoating and demagogy that defaced his campaign.

    Trump's inaugural speech, once again, in effect accused immigrants of stealing American jobs and said nothing about their contributions to our economy, society and culture.

    It would be difficult to imagine a more mean-spirited, nationalistic speech, which completely went against America's values of respect and tolerance for all people, and made a mockery of his subsequent declaration of inaugural day as one of "patriotism".

    it is even more unfortunate that our new President, though this was obviously not his intention, chose to give so much prominence to the "America First" slogan that was originated by Nazi sympathizers in America who wanted to make a deal with Hitler instead of opposing him.

    I wish to emphasize that the choice of this obnoxious slogan was obviously made out of ignorance, not out of any intention whatsoever to praise or support Hitler's admirers in those dark days of the world's history.

    Nevertheless, the overall tone of the President's speech, as well as much of its content, carried dangerous implications for America's democracy and the peace of the world, if not the continued existence of life on this planet.

    While one of course wishes to congratulate the new President and wish him and his coming adminstration well, some of the issues raised by his speech are too urgent and dangerous to pass over in silence.

    The word "impeachment" is already being mentioned before President Trump has even been in office for a full day, and I will have more to say in my own blog shortly about whether or not his stances on immigration, including, possibly, some of the "internal enforcement" ideas mentioned in Mr. Rappaports' linked article in The Hill, might lend any support to this option, which we have certainly not heard the last of during the Trump presidency that has now begun.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 01-21-2017 at 11:22 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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    Roger, your comment has nothing to do with my article.

    Nolan Rappaport
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    We can also be sure that President Trump's reference to "One America" in his inaugural speech was not intended to refer to the Nazi slogan:

    Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuehrer

    But, as the ancient Greek poet Hesiod asks in his famous Theogonia (7th Century BC?)

    "What is all this to me more than an oak or a rock?"

    In other words, what do my comments have to do with Nolan's above article?

    Only this:

    America now has a new president who, judging by his public statements, as repeated on January 20, appears to be firmly committed to making life in the United States as difficult as possible for as many immigrants as possible, including but not limited to the particular classes of immigrants whom Nolan refers to above.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 01-21-2017 at 11:15 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    With regard to the precise topic of Nolan's above article, namely how to discourage or prevent immigrants from coming to the United States, America may have taken an ominous turn toward actual fascism on January 20 when US border guards refused entry to a few Canadian and other foreign citizens who were planning to come to the US in order to participate in legal, peaceful, Constitutionally protected protests against President Trump.

    Yes, there were a couple of hundred arrests of protesters in Washington - while hundreds of thousands of other anti-Trump protesters there, and as many as 3 million throughout the US, marched peacefully and without incident.

    Certainly, according to America's legacy from the Chinese exclusion law era, the Supreme Court has ruled that there is no Constitutional right of a foreign citizen to enter the US.

    But according to our governing statute, the INA, these protesters trying to come in from Canada were admissible, because they did not fall into any of the many classes of inadmissibility under this statute.

    They were turned away only because they stated that they opposed Trump.

    Being against the LEADER would certainly be good reason to be turned away from entering Putin's Russia, Kim's North Korea, or Assad's Syria.

    No doubt it it would have created quite a Furor if someone with such views had wanted to enter Nazi Germany.

    But this is still (one hopes) the United States of America, not (yet) the United States of Donald Trump.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 01-22-2017 at 08:44 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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