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Immigration Update in Trump's America: Immigration Raids Head Toward Police State; Top Islamophobe Quits White House. Roger Algase

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The latest immigration news in Donald Trump's America is that raids and arrests of unauthorized immigrant "criminal aliens", at least some of whom have never been convicted of a crime and therefore are not criminals under the laws of this country, are continuing to strike fear in immigrant communities throughout America. and may be heading in the direction of full police state operations against Latino and other minority immigrants.

How long will it be before American citizens who have any connection al all with unauthorized immigrants start to fall into the dragnet of a very broad statute, INA Section 274, which makes it a felony to "assist" anyone who is present in the US without permission?

In another development, General Michael Flynn, who achieved notoriety for calling Islam a "cancer" rather than a religion, has resigned as a top national security advisor to the president because of an unrelated imbroglio over his connections with Russia, whose dictator, Vladimir Putin, is Trump's strong supporter.

Will the White House's remaining top Islamophobe, Stephen Bannon, who was reportedly instrumental in preparing Trump's Muslim ban executive order fiasco, be the next to go? No sign of this, but it would not be such a bad idea for those who care about religious freedom and equal rights in America.

Putin, incidentally, has been reported as planning to build a gulag of 83 prison camps, one in or near each major Russian city, for unauthorized immigrants in his country. Will this be an inspiration for his ardent admirer, America's new president?

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law

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Updated 02-14-2017 at 11:56 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. MKolken's Avatar
    “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions." ~Saul Allinsky, Rules for Radicals.
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Does Matt mean by this that we should ignore Trump's immigration raids and Islamophobic travel bans?

    Business as usual is OK in Donald Trump's America? Is that what immigration lawyers should be advising their clients?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 02-14-2017 at 11:57 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. MKolken's Avatar

    I meant that you lose all credibility when you repeatedly call people with whom you disagree racists, Islamophobes, and Neo-Nazis. Stick to legal arguments, if you have them.
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Someone who says that Islam is a cancer rather than a religion, as Michael Flynn did, is an Islamophobe by definition. When such a person is in a high policy position that can lead to serious abuses of power such as Trump's Muslim ban (since 99 percent or more of the population in most, if not all, of the affected countries are Muslims) then we need to talk in terms of that reality, rather than hiding behind a false set of euphemisms.

    Whether someone who says that Mexicans are killers and rapists is a racist, or whether someone who admires Hitler is a Neo-Nazi (I am not talking about Trump here - he has never said that) is a neo-Nazi is irrelevant, since I do not use that terminology in my comments.

    In terms of Trump's Muslim ban, as well as with other issues relating to the limits of presidential or executive power over immigration, I have had a great deal to say about the applicable legal points in many of my previous comments, and I will continue to do so, no matter who might or might not agree with me.

    I would even say that if too many people agree with me, then I am not accomplishing my purpose.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 02-14-2017 at 06:04 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  5. MKolken's Avatar
    Muslim ban?

    How is it that in the last three weeks I have had multiple clients who are Muslims gain admission to the United States, one who was granted lawful permanent resident status, one whose expedited removal under Obama was rescinded, one who was paroled into the country despite a previous determination of inadmissibility (also under Obama), and another granted former 212(c) relief despite having both an aggravated felony conviction, and a controlled substance violation. Doesn't look like much of a ban to my Muslim clients. Maybe just to yours?
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I am happy for your clients, and I am sure that there will be many more Muslims from various countries around the world who will be granted visas, entry and permanent residence in the early months, or even couple of years, of the Trump administration.

    It is obvious from careful reading of Trump's seven country ban executive order that banning immigrants from Muslim countries is to be done incrementally, with more Muslim countries and Muslim individuals added as time goes on. The order does this in 3 principal ways:

    1) Adding more countries to the banned list on the pretext that they are refusing to provide enough information about their citizens to ensure proper screening,

    2) Provision for uniform screening standards under which all Muslims (and also non-Muslims) would be screened in the same intensive ways that people from the targeted Muslim countries would be

    3) Requiring all Muslim (and even non-Muslim) immigrants and visitors to show that their admission to the US is in the "National Interest" - currently one of the most difficult tests imposed anywhere in the INA, as any NIW green card practitioners can attest.

    There is a parallel. Even in the early years of the Hitler period, and despite the 1936 Nuremberg Laws, many Jews living in Germany were more or less able to survive and lead a "normal". though vastly restricted, life.

    Then came 1938 and Kristallnacht.

    I do not mean to compare Trump's various proposal re: Muslims in America with the Holocaust.

    There is no possible comparison. But just as persecution of the Jews was incremental and took time at the beginning, the same can be expected of persecution of Muslim immigrants and Muslim Americans in the Trump years (without the ghastly "Final Solution" (Enloesung der Judenfrage) that took place in Germany, of course.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 02-14-2017 at 10:41 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  7. MKolken's Avatar
    Weren't Christians and Jews from those 7 countries also banned from travel?
  8. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Matt, I have already explained this in a previous comment. Most, if not all, of the population in the seven countries involved (which are almost certain to be increased of one reads the order carefully) are 99 percent Muslim.

    Yemen, for example, according to Wikipedia, is 99.99 percent Muslim. Yes, according to the same source, there are all of 50 Jews and 3,000 Christians in the country who can't come to America either (without a waiver which would almost certainly be granted). Haven't you ever heard of collateral damage?

    A banned country like Iran, admittedly, is more "diverse" than Yemen.

    Again according to Wikipedia, Iran is "only" 99.4 percent Muslim, not 99.99 per cent.

    Let's get real.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  9. MKolken's Avatar
    Why is it that 99.99 percent of the nationals of Syria and 99.4% of the nationals of Iran are Muslim? Why don't more Jews and Christians live in those countries?
  10. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Because the Jews and Christians don't want groups like ISIS to cut their heads off, I would imagine.

    If Trump concentrated on getting rid of the real terrorists and jihadists, instead of spinning his wheels trying to find ways to keep innocent people like an Iranian baby who needed life saving surgery and an Iraqi translator who risked his life to assist American soldiers, and thousands or millions of other people who mean no harm to America out of the United States because of their religion, America would be a safer country and the world would be a better place.

    Trump's ban reminds me of the famous saying of Abbot Armaud Amalric, who during the massacre of Albigensian "heretics" by Papal Christian soldiers around 1200 at Beziers in southern France, was asked by a soldier how to tell the "heretics" from the "true Christians". He reportedly said:

    "Kill them all - God will recognize his own."

    Trump's attitude is the same, only "Ban then all" instead of "Kill them all."

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 02-16-2017 at 12:04 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  11. MKolken's Avatar
    Are Jews and Christians also getting their heads cut off in Iran by ISIS?
    Updated 02-16-2017 at 06:50 AM by MKolken
  12. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Where was the presidential finding that Christians and Jews living in the seven targeted Muslim countries pose a danger to the United States?

    If there was such a finding, what is the rational basis for it?

    Matt has to know, as much as anyone else, that banning the tiny percentage of non-Muslims living in the affected countries as well as the the Muslim majority is just a cosmetic gesture to make it look as if Muslims are not the only targets. I doubt if there are very any children over the age of five who would be taken in by that kind of logic. My 8 and 10 year old grandsons would not be fooled, I am quite sure.

    Anyone who seriously thinks that Trump's ban is not aimed at Muslims based on their religion, might just as well believe that Trump is really only planning to deport immigrants who have actually committed crimes, and that he will leave the millions of other unauthorized immigrants who have no criminal records alone.

    If Matt believes that promise, then I would respectfully suggest that he should turn on his screen and take a look at the latest news.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 02-16-2017 at 07:57 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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