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Trump's "Unimaginably Cruel" Budget Betrays his American Voters to Pay for Immigrant Detention and Border Wall. Roger Algase

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Donald Trump has released a budget proposal which would devastate millions of Americans who voted for him in the hope that he would protect or raise their standards of living, by cutting hundreds of billions of dollars from urgently needed lifelines for less affluent Americans, including Medicaid, Food Stamps, and Social Security Disability, in order to spend more money on, among other things, immigration judges, immigration focused US attorneys, deputy marshals and more prison space to detain unauthorized immigrants; and, last but not least, his obsession with the Mexican Border Wall.

This is according to two POLITICO news reports:


CNN now reports that Trump's proposed budget also includes $1.6 billion to pay for the first few dozen miles of the "bricks and mortar" wall.

The Hill, in a May 23 story, quotes Hillary Clinton, who defeated Trump in the presidential popular vote contest by almost 3 million votes last November, as saying that Trump's budget reaches "an unimaginable level of cruelty" towards [American] children, people with disabilities, women and seniors.

Certainly, some may try to dismiss these comments as merely partisan words from a "sore loser" (or popular vote winner, to be more accurate), but millions of working class and low income voters in Appalachia and other areas who gave Trump his electoral college victory may be forced to agree with her comment as they see their own children go hungry, or find themselves no longer able to see a doctor or go to the hospital when they are suffering from illness, due to Trump's proposed budget cuts.

To paraphrase Marie Antoinette, it may be cold comfort for the millions of American families whose lives would be devastated by losing their "bread" due to these heartless cuts in essential programs, that they may be able to "eat the cake" of knowing that at least some of the money diverted away from these programs will be used to prosecute and lock up more Latino, Middle Eastern, Asian and black immigrants, in the case of most of whom their only "crime" consists of seeking a better life in this country, and to build a Wall as a symbol of the message that immigrants of color are no longer welcome in America.

The terrible effect that Trump's shifting money over from programs desperately needed by millions of his own voters so he can cause even more panic, fear and despair among immigrants, and break up even more immigrant families, is just another of the many lessons that Americans are coming to learn in the "Donald Trump Era", showing that policies which are ostensibly directed only against immigrants can bring even greater suffering and hardship to Americans.

We may be seeing many more such examples during whatever time may remain in Donald Trump's presidency, given the ongoing accumulation of scandals allegedly involving the White House.
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 practice is concentrated primarily in H-1-B specialty occupation, O-1 extraordinary ability and J-1 trainee work visas; and in green cards through labor certification and through opposite sex or same sex marriage. His email address is

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Updated 05-24-2017 at 12:35 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Isn't there something else you can complain about...for a few days anyway?

    But if you insist on blessing Trump with all of your anger, consider talking about his expansion of expedited removal proceedings to the full extent of the law, i.e., to apply to any alien who wasn't lawfully admitted or paroled into the US and can't convince an ICE officer that he has been in the US for two years....unlikely that many will be able to do that even if it's true.

    The plan is to deport all aliens who are here unlawfully, every single one of them and the republican congress is supporting him. If you want to make a difference, figure out a way to stop him. And don't wait, once the plan is underway and the republicans in congress see how effective it is, they won't stop until every unlawful alien and a few New York immigration lawyers have been deported. Probably just one New York immigration lawyer.

    Or do what I have been suggesting all along, find a way to work with the republicans.

    For more information on my views, see
    Republicans are preparing extreme immigration measures (May 22, 2017),

    Nolan Rappaport
    Updated 05-24-2017 at 09:33 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    If I were the only person who is critical of the way that Trump is methodically trying to destroy the safety net for millions of American voters who were crucial to putting him in office, so he can divert a significant part of that money to pursuing his obsession of mass deportation and a border wall against Latino and other non-white immigrants, then Nolan's comments might carry more weight.

    To the contrary, Trump's proposed budget has caused outrage on both sides of the aisle in Congress, and across the nation, as shown by the media links I have attached above.

    I have also included references to two more well known commentators, Greg Sargent of the Washington Post and former US Secretary o Labor Robert Reich in my comment in this week's Letters section (May 22-26), both of whom also share my revulsion at Trump's budget proposal and the catastrophic effects it could have on millions of Americans who voted for Trump because they trusted him to make their lives better, not worse.

    If Nolan means to imply that I am alone or somehow unique in my opposition to Trump's budget, or that I am writing about this out of some kind of personal malice against Trump, as opposed to legitimate criticism of his policies, then Nolan is being neither accurate nor fair.

    Even though most of the victims of Trump's "unimaginably cruel" budget (and whether one is a fan of Hillary Clinton or not, she is right about this) may be less educated Americans, they are not so stupid as to realize what is going on, and when they do, they will be just as outraged and upset as those of us who are writing in opposition to the budget are now.

    Nolan urges Trump's opponents to "work with him" in order to reach a "compromise" on his mass deportation agenda.

    Compromise is not something that Trump has shown much interest in to date on immigration policy. Instead, he has surrounded himself with people who used to be called "true believers" back in the old days and who are ideologically committed to ending or vastly reducing legal, not only illegal non-white immigration in the US - I refer to Sessions, Bannon, Kobach, and Stephen Miller, as well as the Islamophobic Michael Flynn, whom Trump now says he regrets firing.

    Faced with this kind of ideological antagonism toward non-European immigrants, opposition to his agenda makes more sense than appeasement.

    I will not dignify Nolan's not terribly funny attempt at humor concerning me personally with a response. is a site for expression of opinion, not comments about people who are expressing that opinion.

    Admittedly, I have violated this standard myself in the past by sometimes mentioning Nolan's own personal, well justified, distinguished reputation as an immigration law expert.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 05-25-2017 at 04:29 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I might add, in order to be fair, that even though I have been critical of Trump's attempts to discriminate against a particular religious belief in violation of at least the spirit of our Constitution, if not letter, by banning as many Muslims as the courts may allow him to do from entering the United States, his recent trip to Saudi Arabia was in strong contrast to this.

    What explains Trump's evident delight (judging from the photos) in doing a traditional sword dance with Muslim potentates in the country where Islam originated and its holiest sites are located (and where the 9/11 terrorists all came from), while trying to keep Muslims out of the US because of their religion?

    The explanation is that the Muslims whom Trump was having such a good time with are all wealthy and powerful, just like the billionaire Americans whom he most admires and whose interests he cares about most.

    Less affluent or powerful Muslims, like ordinary immigrants from all over the world (especially from outside Europe) and ordinary Americans, including his own voter base, whose social safety net he is so eager to destroy, receive considerably less sympathy, support or interest from our 45th president. See also:

    POLITICO, updated May 23:

    Trump releases budget hitting his own voters hardest

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 05-25-2017 at 12:33 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  4. xedadofeg's Avatar
    What do you expect? Trump is live in another world. If you think about the budget this pics show you the real budget >>
    you can see a lot of shocking facts about donald trump's house here:
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