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Trudeau tweets not the answer to Canada's refugee issues. by Nolan Rappaport

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The day after President Donald Trump issued his first travel ban order, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted a message to aliens “fleeing persecution, terror & war.” In addition to the inappropriateness of accusing the president of the United States of religious discrimination, his tweet made a promise that Canada will not be able to keep.

His tweet was an unqualified invitation to the 65.6 million aliens worldwide who have been displaced from their countries by conflict and persecution. Canada almost certainly will have to turn away many of the aliens who accept the invitation and come to Canada relying on it.
Some will be disqualified by Canada’s Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States, which requires asylum seekers to apply for asylum in the United States if they enter that country before entering Canada, with some exceptions.

Also, his invitation includes aliens who are fleeing terror and war, and despite their very real need for refuge, they are not likely to be able to establish eligibility for refugee status or asylum on that basis. According to UNHCR figures, only 22.5 million of the 65.6 million displaced persons are refugees.

Trudeau’s tweet reminds me of President Jimmy Carter’s invitation to Cuban refugees when he was asked what the government was going to do about the Mariel Boat Lift. On April 20, 1980, Cuban President Fidel Castro announced that he would permit Cubans wishing to leave Cuba to go to the United States. Two weeks later, Carter said that the United States would "welcome the Cuban refugees with open arms and open hearts."

Read more at --
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blo...witch=standard

Published originally on The Hill.

About the author.

Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years; he subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years.





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Updated 06-21-2017 at 08:19 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    First, a small correction to a self-evident error in Nolan's above article:

    Nolan writes:

    "In addition to the inappropriateness of accusing the president of the United States of religious discrimination..."

    In the light of Trump's recent history of openly hostile statements and actions which a 4th Circuit Court of Appeals judge, speaking for an overwhelming majority on his court, accurately stated were "dripping" with "animus" and religious discrimination against Muslims, Nolan's corrected statement should read:

    "In addition to the indisputable accuracy of accusing the president of the United States of religious discrimination..."

    Nolan also refers to Canada's Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States.

    The opening "Whereas" clauses to this agreement assume that both countries have generous protections in place for refugees from third countries.

    This was, of course, before Trump's executive orders "temporarily" (i.e. for a long as Trump remains in office as president) banning refugees throughout the entire world from entering the United States.

    There is also an implied, though unstated, assumption in the above agreement that both countries will remain as democracies in which the essential values of freedom of religion and freedom of expression will continue to be protected.

    As long as Trump, who has consistently attacked Muslims, the press, the judiciary, and anyone else who stands in his way to absolute power, while obsequiously fawning on dictators with interests hostile to those of America such as Vladimir Putin; and who has fired one FBI chief for leading an investigation that was bothering him and is now threatening to do the same with a duly appointed independent counsel, thereby cementing the president's status as completely above and beyond the rule of law, remains in office, that assumption can no longer be relied on as far as the United States is concerned.

    Canada should revisit its adherence to that agreement, which was entered into before what Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently, and with a good deal of justification, referred to as the "Trump Era."

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law


    Updated 06-21-2017 at 08:24 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    It's sad that Roger has so little respect for the presidency that he thinks it is appropriate for the Canadian Prime Minister to accuse the President of the United States of religious discrimination.

    If Trump had said something that offensive about Trudeau, Roger almost certainly would be calling it proof that Trump is unfit for the presidency. In fact if Trump had said something that offensive about Trudeau, I would agree.

    His other comments are too irrational to warrant a response.

    Nolan Rappaport


    Updated 06-21-2017 at 06:38 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Note that Nolan nowhere refutes that fact that the Canadian prime minister was utterly, absolutely correct in pointing out that Trump is (in the words of a distinguished 4th Circuit Judge) "dripping" with animosity and religious prejudice against Muslims.

    Nolan, absurdly, calls my other comments about Trump "irrational". Is it "irrational" to say that Trump fired Comey in order to stop him from investigating alleged illegal connections with Russia by Trump or his close associates?

    Hasn't Trump said himself that was the reason why he fired Comey?

    Is is "irrational" to say that Trump's threatening to fire, or at least trying to lay the groundwork for firing special counsel Mueller?

    Is it irrational to warn that these actions, as well as Trump's well known, flaunted hostility to the essential features of democracy, the courts, the press, the opposition and religious freedom to name just a few, are putting America's democracy in danger?

    But this would not be the first time that Nolan has resorted to calling something "irrational" when faced with simple facts that he cannot refute.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    Note that Nolan nowhere refutes that fact that the Canadian prime minister was utterly, absolutely correct in pointing out that Trump is (in the words of a distinguished 4th Circuit Judge) "dripping" with animosity and religious prejudice against Muslims.

    Nolan, absurdly, calls my other comments about Trump "irrational". Is it "irrational" to say that Trump fired Comey in order to stop him from investigating alleged illegal connections with Russia by Trump or his close associates?

    Hasn't Trump said himself that was the reason why he fired Comey?

    Is is "irrational" to say that Trump's threatening to fire, or at least trying to lay the groundwork for firing special counsel Mueller?

    Is it irrational to warn that these actions, as well as Trump's well known, flaunted hostility to the essential features of democracy, the courts, the press, the opposition and religious freedom to name just a few, are putting America's democracy in danger?

    But this would not be the first time that Nolan has resorted to calling something "irrational" when faced with simple facts that he cannot refute.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    This is not my first time responding to Roger's anti-Trump accusations. I know when it would be futile to respond to his comments, and this clearly is one of those times. Nevertheless, I will respond to one of the things he says this time.

    It is offensive and irresponsible for the Prime Minister of Canada to insult the President of the United States whether what he says is true or not.

    When Hillary was the First Lady, she would jog around the grounds of the White House every day. A friend of mine was in the Secret Service then and was assigned to guard the White House. He told me that some guys yelled out, "Look at the fat pig run!" as Hillary went by them. I wish the Secret Service had cuffed them and dragged them into the basement of the White House for a severe beating.

    But I guess Roger would have excused what they said by pointing out that Hillary was over weight.

    Nolan Rappaport
  5. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    When "respect for the President" (which I didn't see a great deal of in Nolan's articles while Obama was in office, unless I missed something) takes precedence over telling the truth (as Nolan does not categorically deny Trudeau's having done in his statement), then we will not have a democracy in America any more.

    We will have George Orwell's 1984, Kim Jong Un's North Korea or, perhaps more to our 45th president's liking, Vladimir Putin's Russia.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Nolan also suggests that it would have been appropriate for the Secret Service to drag some people who allegedly insulted Hillary Clinton when she was the first lady into the basement of the White House for a severe beating.

    Nolan may have momentarily forgotten this when he wrote the above comment, but there actually was an organization within the living memory of many of us which did specialize in dragging people into basements for severe beatings after they criticized or opposed high up figures in the regime.

    It was known as the Gestapo.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 06-24-2017 at 04:06 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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