Here is what a certain well known billionaire business figure and TV celebrity by the name of Donald Trump was saying about immigration only four short years ago, right after the 2012 presidential election:

"Republicans don't have anything going for them with respect to Latinos and with respect to Asians...

The Democrats didn't have a policy for dealing with illegal immigrants, but what they did have going for them is that they weren't mean-spirited about it...they were kind...

He [Romney] had a crazy policy of self-deportation which was maniacal...and he lost all of the Latino vote. He lost the Asian vote. He lost everybody who is inspired to come into this country."



What has made Donald Trump change his mind? Has America changed its mind on immigration? If so, why?

In my February 17 comment on this site, I introduced a December 15, 2015 article in the Huffington Post by John Tirman, Executive Director, MIT Center for International Studies, called: The Origins of Intolerance in America.


Tirman writes:

"In the last few weeks, the alarming rise of anti-immigrant, xenophobic rhetoric from the right wing has alarmed a large segment of the American people, but equally disturbing is how much support these noxious views are getting from the public."

As a candidate who called for a more tolerant and inclusive approach toward minority immigrants just a few years ago now appears to be sweeping his way toward the presidential nomination of a party that he then called "mean-spirited" toward immigrants for supporting policies that were nowhere near as harsh as his own current proposals for a Border Wall, mass deportation of 12 million people and a ban on entry to the US by Muslims from every part of the world, it is worth taking a look at Tirman's analysis in greater depth.

I will do this in the next part of this series of comments.
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 many different parts of the world and ethnic/religious backgrounds obtain work visas and green cards.

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