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Trump's Attempt to Rig the System by Sending Asylum Seekers to Mexico Recalls Dark Time When Germany Sent Jews Back to Poland. Roger Algase

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The first paragraph of the following comment has been slightly revised as of February 27 at 9:47 am.

Donald Trump's latest two deportation and interior enforcement memos, including his plan to rig the system against asylum seekers from all countries, not just Mexico, by sending applicants with pending asylum cases to Mexico, even if they are not from that country or allowed to enter that country under Mexican law, are not without a grim historical precedent which goes against everything America stands for.

(For a link to the memos, see the propublica.org article immidiately below.)

An article in propublica.org describes Trump's plan as follows:

https://www.propublica.org/article/t...of-nationality

"If present immigration trends continue, that could mean the United States would push hundreds of thousands of Guatemalans, Hondurans, Salvadorans, Brazilians, Ecuadorans, even Haitians into Mexico. Currently, such people are detained in the US and allowed to request asylum...

'This would say if you want to make a claim for asylum or whatever we'll hear your case but you are going to wait in Mexico,' a DHS official said."

How willing would Mexico be to accept all these non-Mexican asylum seekers? The above article continues:

"However, former senior Mexican and American immigration officials said it would very well create new security problems along the border, as authorities in each country push unwanted migrants back and forth...

Mexico is as likely to embrace the plan as it did the notion of paying for a wall. 'I would expect Mexico to respond with an emphatic "No," ' said Gustavo Mohar, a former senior Mexican immigration and national security policy official."

The above reference to pushing unwanted immigrants back and forth, recalls chilling memories of another group of unwanted people, Polish Jews, who were shunted back and forth between Germany and Poland during early stages of the Holocaust. A website based in the Czech Republic describes these events as follows:

http://www.holocaust.cz/en/history/e...-from-germany/

After Poland cancelled the passports of all Polish Jews living in Germany and Austria because it didn't want them to return to Poland, and after talks between Germany and Poland failed,


"...the German foreign ministry handed the whole affair over to the Gestapo. which on 27 October 1938 started forcibly deporting Polish Jews over the border. In some places only the men were deported, since the Nazis expected that they would be joined by their wives and children all the same, while in other places women and children were deported as well.

How about that for an example of "family reunification"? The article continues:

"Those arrested included old people, some of whom died during deportation. There were also suicides. The arrested Jews were compelled, through threats and violence, to illegally cross the border with Poland. In all, approximately 17,000 people were expelled in this way."

And what was Poland's reaction? The article continues

"However, the Polish authorities refused to accept them, and so most had to live in for many long weeks in no man's land, or the Polish border area.".

The article goes on to describe how thousands of the deported Jews were forced to live in a Polish refugee camp before it was later disbanded and the Jews were finally allowed to reside in Poland. The article also states that the Nazis, after talks with the Polish authorities, also allowed a small group of Jewish men to return to Germany temporarily so that they could put their affairs in order.

Trump's administration might be more generous. A very few of the asylum seekers who can meet the stricter standards which Trump is also planning to impose may actually granted asylum by Trump's adjudicators or immigration court judges and allowed to return to live in the US. No one should expect the numbers of successful applications to be very large.

Trump, also, expects his administration to hold discussions with Mexico about his planned expulsion of Central American and South American immigrant to that country (just as Germany held discussions with Poland about the Jews) even though, according to USA Today (February 22) Mexico is vigorously resisting Trump's plan and is threatening to go to the United Nations to oppose it.

See: USA Today:

Mexico says no to Trump's new deportation rules

(I do not have a link - please go to Google to access this story.)

Is Germany's deportation of Polish Jews about to become the model for Trump's plans for hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers in America?
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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 obtain work visas and green cards. Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com





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Updated 02-27-2017 at 08:48 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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