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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    As Donald Trump finds himself more and more boxed in by increasing allegations (unproven so far, to be sure) of collusion or attempted collusion with Russia by his top aides or even his son, Donald Trump Jr., to influence last year's presidential election (in which Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by almost 3 million votes); and as Special Counsel Robert Muller looks into possible Obstruction of Justice allegations (which would have no doubt long since led to frantic calls for Hillary Clinton's impeachment, if not imprisonment, if she had won the electoral college vote as well and were involved in a similar scandal), it is understandable that Trump might want to lash out at anyone or any group of people he can find as a target.

    And what better target is there than the Muslim immigrants whom Trump has been attacking as "terrorists" and "fifth columnists" for the past almost two years, supported by openly "Clash of Civilizations" Islamophobic "Holy Warriors such as Stephen Bannon, Stephen Miller and the now fired and disgraced (for unrelated reasons) Michael Flynn?

    In the very latest outrage over Trump's less than totally successful attempt to ban virtually the entire population of certain almost 100 per cent Muslim countries of the Middle East and Africa, so reminiscent of the infamous Chinese exclusion laws of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the US Customs and Border Protection Agency has detained and sent home an Iranian cancer researcher, Mohsan Dehnavi, who had a valid visa to work at a Harvard affiliated children's hospital on research which, quite reasonably, might be expected to lead to saving the lives of many American children or perhaps other cancer patients.

    CBP claims that sending Dehnavi back to Iran was not related to Trump's Muslim ban, but that it was for other, not clearly explained reasons.

    This reminds me of an old Ring Lardner story about a shady character named "Lefty".

    As I recall the story from many long years ago, Lefty goes to Philadelphia for the weekend, and someone is murdered in Philadelphia that same weekend.

    This doesn't prove that Lefty committed the murder, but suspicions that he did cannot be ruled out.

    In the same way, the Trump administration can argue all it wants that the Muslim ban, allegedly "had nothing to do" with sending this scientist and his family, all with valid visas, back to Iran, but there are those of us who will still have our suspicions.

    For more on this story, with links to relevant news articles, see my July 12 blog comment on this incident.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 07-12-2017 at 06:49 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    More chaos in the White House, according to POLITICO, as Trump persists in castigating his own lawyers for not making the Russia scandal(s) disappear immediately, while at the same time making their own efforts to protect him more difficult, if not impossible.

    Is this White House really qualified to or in a position to develop a coherent immigration policy which respects the fundamental human rights of immigrants, as well as the values and interests of the American people in creating a society where everyone is equal before the law, regardless of race, color or religion?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 07-13-2017 at 03:39 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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