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Steve King Threatens Lawsuit Against Trump Over His Refusal to Rescind DACA. Will King Be Satisfied If Trump Shuts Down The Government? Roger Algase

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The following comment has been updated and expanded as of Saturday evening, April 22.

The Hill reports on April 21 that anti-immigrant hard-liner Representative Steve King (R-Iowa), whose statements that Hispanic immigrants are "drug mules" and other verbal attacks on minority immigrants have aroused a storm of criticism and opposition, is now threatening to sue the Trump administration over the president's refusal to date to rescind President Obama's DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a/k/a DREAMERs.

According to the report, King is arguing that "Defenders of the Constitution" may need to sue Trump to force him to cancel this program.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/32...-trump-on-daca

No one who has been reading my blog comments on this site will mistake me for an admirer of the president or a supporter of his immigration policies. But King's threat is at least a small indication that Trump is not totally bad when it comes to immigration.

One might hope that this could lead to more recognition of reason, reality and humanity in Trump's immigration policies than is apparent from his executive orders as president so far.

It is time to put respect for the equality of all people on which our nation was founded ahead of the hard line ideology of Steve King, Steven Bannon, Jeff Sessions and others of Trump's key supporters or advisers who want to revert back to America's long and sorry history of prejudice and persecution of immigrants because of their ethnicity, religion or country of origin - the ideology which helped Donald Trump win the presidency in the first place.

Does Trump have it in him to transcend the narrowness and animosity against immigrants who may look, talk, or pray differently from America's white, Europe-based majority which did so much to put him in the White House?

One would hope that, for the sake not only of many millions of immigrants to the US from around the world, but for the American people, who treasure this country's most fundamental values and ideals, we might be hearing a lot more threats from Steve King and others like him to launch lawsuits over immigration against Donald Trump.

Unfortunately, Trump's threat to shut down the government if he does not get his way with Congress for funding for his Mexican border Wall and permission to deny funding to Sanctuary Cities which stand up against attempts to bludgeon them into line in favor of mass deportation, is not a sign that he is ready to put his inflammatory campaign rhetoric and narrow, divisive executive orders against Hispanic, Middle Eastern, African and Asian immigrants behind him. See:

http://thehill.com/homenews/administ...r-wall-funding

and

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...n-talks-237435

See also:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...t-money-237467

It is not yet clear if Steve King will ever need to sue the president over immigration.
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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 receive work visas and green cards without regard to ethnicity, religion or country of origin. Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com

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Updated 04-23-2017 at 05:34 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I have been saying from the beginning of Trump's career as a politician that his campaign statements are not a reliable indication of what he would do as president, the ninth circuit notwithstanding. He used campaign statements the way every other politician uses them, to get elected.

    Nolan Rappaport
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Is making empty campaign promises about immigration the reason that Trump is now threatening to shut down the government over funding for his Wall of hate and humiliation against citizens of Mexico, which, if Nolan remembers, happened to be a campaign promise?

    Did not Trump also promise to ban all of the world's Muslims, or as many as he could legally get away with, from coming to the United States?

    He seems to be fighting very hard in court to keep that promise.

    Trump also promised during the campaign that no unauthorized immigrant would be safe from deportation. Has he done nothing to carry out that promise?

    If so, why is Nolan also writing articles warning that unless the Democrats offer Trump a legalization deal for a handful of people at the price of agreeing to the rest of his deportation agenda - a deal which Trump has not shown the slightest interest in considering - Trump will deport 11 million people?

    Even with regard to DACA, while Trump, to his credit, has so far refused to rescind it formally, his AG has also made clear that even people who have been granted DACA relief are still not safe, and at least some DACA registrants have already been arrested or even deported.

    My point is not that immigrants and their supporters had nothing to fear from Trump's campaign rhetoric - they had and have a great deal to fear.

    My point is only that some of Trump's supporters have even more extreme views on immigration, and are even more committed to engaging in massive ethnic cleansing of non-white immigrants in America than Trump is himself.

    Having said the above, there is some reason to believe that Trump has the capacity to change his views based on reality and the facts.

    He has shown this in some areas that are not directly related to immigration, as well as in not rescinding DACA.

    No one expected Ronald Reagan to approve granting green cards to 2 million unauthorized immigrants, as he did in 1986, either.

    While it seems to be pure fantasy to think that Trump would ever consider a broad legalization proposal, if he ever did agree to one, Steve King would probably be calling for Trump's impeachment, and I would be writing blogs about what a great president Trump turned out to be.

    Which side would Nolan be on if such event were ever to take place?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 04-22-2017 at 05:05 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    We also have to remember that Trump's actions against non-white immigrants are also just part of a larger assault against non-white Americans by the Trump - Sessions regime.

    http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-pol...lack-and-brown

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 04-22-2017 at 09:45 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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