In my previous posts, I have not hesitated to condemn Donald Trump's proposals to carry out mass deportation of Mexican and other minority immigrants on a scale unprecedented in America's history, and to shred the Constitution by banning over a billion Muslims from coming to this country solely because of their religion. I have even compared these proposals to certain others which were actually carried out (to a far greater and more horrifying extreme, of course) by a certain governmental authority specifically mentioned in USCIS Adjustment of Status Form I-485, Part 3, Item C.7.

But, how many people has Donald Trump actually deported so far? How many immigrants has he actually kept out of the United States? The answer is zero. To the contrary, Trump has sponsored over 1,000 immigrants for legal visas, most of them from Mexico, the country for which he now expresses such great contempt.

Therefore, as my colleague Matt Kolken points out, it is important to focus on who is actually carrying out the deportations, who is now conducting raids by sending what even immigration opponent Senator Ted Cruz (D-Texas) aptly calls jackboots to knock on (or knock down?) doors in the middle of the night and and send helpless, terrified mothers and children back to gang-ridden Central American countries where they face a high risk of violence or even being killed.

Who has been locking Central American families up in concentration-camp like conditions and perversely arguing that he has the legal right to do so in federal court? Who has deported a record number of immigrants while he has been in office, more than any other president in history? It is not Donald Trump.

To their credit, a number of responsible Republicans, in the National Review and elsewhere, have been calling out Donald Trump for his proposals, even though he has yet in fact to carry a single one of them out. Now, Democrats are beginning to speak out against President Obama's inhuman actions against vulnerable Central American mothers and children, actions that are actually taking place, not just proposals by someone who happens to be running for office.


It is about time.
Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, Roger has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants obtain work visas and green cards. His practice is focused on H-1B specialty occupation and O-1 extraordinary ability petitions, and green cards through labor certification and opposite sex or same sex marriage, among other immigration and citizenship cases.

Roger believes that prejudice against or violations of basic human rights of any group of immigrants endangers the rights of all immigrants, as well as of American citizens. His email address is