Update, March 27, 1:06 pm:

A reader's comment below illustrates how thin the line is between attacking an unpopular immigrant group, in this case by banning all Muslim immigrants, as Donald Trump advocates, and endangering the rights of American citizens, such as by patrolling Muslim-American communities, as Senator Ted Cruz is now proposing.


The comment, which appears right after the end of my post, claims that discrimination against Muslim Americans, not only immigrants, is constitutionally permitted under the notorious 1944 Supreme Court decision in Korematsu v. U.S.

As I point out below in my reply to that comment, no less than the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, hardly known as a flaming liberal on civil rights or most other issues, has been quoted as saying that Korematsu, which held that the infamous Japanese "relocation" executive order during WW2 did not violate the Constitution, ranked along side the Dred Scott decision as among the worst blunders in Supreme Court history.

But as the reader below points out (and so does the New York Times, cited below in my response). Korematsu has never been overruled. Could this infamous stain on America's judicial history, as well as on the history of our entire nation, be used one day by a President Trump (or even a President Cruz), as grounds for sending Muslim American citizens to concentration camps, just as happened to Japanese Americans during the Second World War?

Could Korematsu also be used as a pretext for suspending the constitution entirely and turning America into a fascist dictatorship in the name of "national security" or "protecting against Islamist terrorism"?

As the detailed discussion of Korematsu which will appear in my upcoming posts will indicate, not only a majority of the US Supreme Court, but much of the American public, saw nothing wrong with sending tens of thousands of loyal American citizens off to concentration camps purely because of their ancestry. Could the same thing one day happen to Muslim Americans?

When someone who wants to ban all Muslims from coming to the US purely on the basis of religion, and who pillories Mexican immigrants as "criminals and rapists", has a serious chance of becoming president, and when his only serious rival for his party's nomination goes beyond this to recommend surveillance or similar measures against Muslim US citizens solely on the basis of their religious beliefs, it is not only the rights of immigrants that are under siege. The rights of all Americans are also in danger.

My original past appears below.

This will continue my March 18 comment on this issue. The two Republican presidential front runners, Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz, may not agree about the roles of each other's wives. But they are evidently in total agreement on the proposition that the best way to win the GOP nomination, and this fall's election, is to play up to public fears of terrorism and exploit hatred of Muslim immigrants, as well as their US citizen co-religionists.

When it comes to bashing Muslims, Trump, as usual, may shout the loudest and win the prize for stirring up the most frenzy at his rallies, while coming close to the line of actual incitement to violence, if not actually crossing it. But Cruz, using his formidable intellect, honed as a former editor of the Harvard Law Review and clerk to a Supreme Court Chief Justice, has put together an impressive list of Islamophobes and Muslim-haters as advisers.

Led by the notorious anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney, whose Center for Security Policy has been listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an extremist organization, and which, like Trump, is opposed to Muslim immigration, some of Cruz' advisers have a record of promoting hate against Muslim immigrants and US citizens alike.

The Guardian, in a March 25 article:Ted Cruz' campaign's's anti-Muslim propagandists called 'terrifying' reports:

"A pamphlet published last year by the Center for Security Policy encouraged 'ordinary Americans' to lobby their political representatives to put a stop to any more Muslim immigration. ''Speak up against the opening of more mosques in your neighborhoods; they are literally the beachheads for the expanding Muslim population as it marks its expanding territory..."

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2...mp-groups-warn

The Guardian also has the following to say about another Cruz adviser, Claire Lopez

"In 2013, at a public meeting in New Jersey, Lopez branded all Muslims as jihadists. 'When people in bona fide religions follow their doctrines they become better people - but it's Hindus, Christians and Jews. When Muslims follow their doctrines they become jihadists..."

Another member of the Cruz team, Lt. General Jerry Boykin, a former Bush administration official, stated as follows in 2012, according to The Guardian.

"...by the middle of the century the continent of Europe will be an Islamic continent, and they can't reverse it, they can't stop it. It is because they took Jesus out of their societies and it's been replaced by darkness."

Does any of the above sound just vaguely familiar? See:

America Is Run By Jews (February 2, 2008)

http://www.radicalpress.com/p=681

radicalpress.com appears to be based in Canada. This is purely a coincidence, of course. Senator Cruz (who, as Donald Trump keeps reminding us, was born in Canada) has no connection with this hate group whatsoever. But whether the target is Muslims or Jews, the poisonous appeal to bigotry is the same.

This is why Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), is quoted in The Guardian as follows;

"These are dangerous times. I and my community are worried about the future - about what a Donald Trump or Ted Cruz administration would bring."

This is also why the Anti-Defamation League, a leading Jewish organization which has been fighting against anti-Semitism and all other forms of racial and religious bigotry for more than 100 years, and which recently spoke out against Trump's proposal to ban all Muslim immigration, has condemned Cruz for his profoundly un-American proposal to set up patrols in Muslim neighborhoods, and his "Choice of Two Anti-Muslim Bigots for His National Security Team." See:

http://www.adl.org/press-center/pres...hborhoods-html

The ADL statement said this about Cruz' proposal to patrol Muslim neighborhoods:

"It is an irrational approach that hearkens back to the fear and bigotry that led to a dark and tragic chapter in American history - the relocation of more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans to internment camps during the Second World War simply because of their ethnicity."

The above reference is a grim reminder that curtailing the rights of immigrants out of fear and hatred, or banning immigrants from the US entirely solely because of race, as was done in the equally dark period of the Chinese and other Asian exclusion laws; or doing the same on the basis of religion, as the two leading Republican candidates or their advisers want to do now, inevitably leads to discrimination against and the loss of freedom for American citizens who belong to the targeted ethnic or religious minorities as well.

In addition, as many politicians and commentators in both parties (as well as independents) are now openly pointing out, basing any campaign for elective office, especially the highest office in the land, on appeals to prejudice against an immigrant or any other minority group, is an indelible stain on America's values, traditions and everything this country stands for. It is also an imminent threat to the freedoms that every American, and everyone else who is part of our diverse, multi-ethnic, multi-religious society, holds dear.
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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.

Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com