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Immigration Detention Destroys Essence of Human Beings, According to Leading 20th Century Philosopher's Concept. Roger Algase

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Martin Heidegger (1889 - 1976) is considered by many scholars to have been the greatest philosopher of the 20th century, and one of the greatest of all time. Paradoxically, two other world famous 20th century philosophers, both of whom were Jewish, Emmanuel Levinas (1906 - 1995) and Hanna Arendt (1906 - 1975) were greatly inspired by his thought, and, intellectually speaking, might even be considered among his followers. For more on this issue, see:

https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/201...-philosophers/

This was despite the fact that Heidegger never apologized for having been a member of the Nazi party during the entire period that Hitler was in power.

Heidegger never specifically discussed issues of immigrant detention, but a scholar at the University of Southern Florida, Craig French, has shown how Heidegger's philosophy, when applied to immigrant detention, demonstrates that that incarceration of asylum seekers and other immigrants as a deterrent to unauthorized immigration has an even more profoundly destructive effect on the human personality than most people might realize. See:

To lose one's home in the world: The injustice of immigrant detention.

11 Journal of International Political Theory (2015)

This issue is especially relevant in view of the large network of private, for profit, immigration prisons that has already been created under the Obama administration, and the threat by the new president, Donald Trump, to expand this network in order to incarcerate up to 2 or 3 million "criminal aliens" pending (or in lieu of) deportation.


https://theintercept.com/2016/11/28/private-prisons-were-thriving-even-before-trump-was-elected/


Expanding immigration detention in the US would also be consistent with Vladimir Putin's growing network of immigration "concentration camps" in Russia, as reported by The Guardian in August, 2013:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...ntration-camps

French begins his discussion of Heidegger's ideas, as applied to immigration detention, as follows:

"...I reconstruct an interpretation of aspects of the thought of Martin Heidegger, one that helps us articulate the nature of the injustice perpetrated by the detention and deportation system. The Heideggerian apparatus give us theoretical purchase on the existential depression and anxiety suffered by detainees."

French continues:

"This harm is not easily articulated by familiar liberal approaches to the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, which tend to concentrate on the violation of formal rights while neglecting the psychological and existential aspects of detention."

Further on in his article, turning to the specifics of Heidegger's thought as applied to immigrant detention, after a discussion of Heidegger's basic concept of dasein ("being there", or "being/dwelling in the world") French explains:

"...not only is the immigrant detainee transferred from politics to the police, in this transformation of the space of being at the hands of state power, the detainee is made homeless, existentially speaking. This is because the conditions of the detainee's detention make it impossible for him to dwell in the way that Heidegger indicates is centrally important to the human experience. Caught between worlds...confined...detainees are prevented from being able to project a stable sense of themselves into the future or to be with others...The detainee is, in other words, evicted from the house of being, which leads to his or her consumption by what Heidegger called anxiety.

I refer anyone who may be interested in more details of the theories of a thinker whom many scholars regard as the greatest of all 20th Century philosophers, despite his wartime Nazi sympathies, as these theories can be applied to the injustices perpetrated against incarcerated immigrants, to the above article by Craig French.

Hopefully, in deciding whether to expand immigrant detention or not, President Trump will be guided by the carefully thought out views of this National Socialist German philosopher, rather than the more superficial thinking of Trump's present-day American white nationalist supporters or advisers, who may share some of the racial ideology of the party that Heidegger once belonged to, but who have not shown any evidence of sharing in or understanding the profundity of his thought, at least when upholding and protecting the fundamental humanity of immigrants are concerned.
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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 obtains work visas and green cards.

Roger's practice is focused primarily on H-1B specialty worker, O-1 extraordinary ability and J-1 training visas; and green cards through labor certification and opposite or same sex marriage. His email address is algaselex@gmail.com

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