Update, April 30, 5:00 am:

It is not only human rights advocates who are concerned about Trump's using anti-immigrant bigotry as a centerpiece of his presidential campaign. Foreign officials are also beginning to express their fears openly about what this might mean if a Trump presidency becomes reality.

POLITICO writes:

"German officials, perhaps cognizant of their own 20th century history, have been surprisingly willing to cast aside diplomatic conventions in commenting on Trump's attitude toward immigrants and allies alike in recent months.

Steinmeier, for example, slammed the 'politics of fear' in US politics in a Washington speech two months ago, adding that 'building walls is a very bad idea - no matter who pays for them.'"


Of course, it is all too obvious which aspect of Germany's 20th century history the above comment refers to, and which German leader of that period Trump's attempts to exploit fear and hatred against unpopular ethnic and religious groups are reminiscent of.

It is surprising, however, that while there has been widespread criticism in America and abroad of Trump's proposed Muslim ban, Mexican border "Berlin Wall" and totalitarian style mass deportation, there has been comparatively little comment about his plan to eliminate the heart of America's legal immigration system, namely H-1B visas and labor certification green cards, something that would have an especially drastic impact on immigration from Asia.

Almost forgotten also has been Trump's proposal for America to enact its own version of Nazi Germany's Nuremberg laws, which took citizenship away from the Jews, by eliminating birthright citizenship for the US born children of mainly Hispanic "illegal" immigrants, or perhaps, as some of the more extreme members of Trump's party have proposed, also children of lawfully present immigrants who do not have green cards but are here with valid temporary visas.

My original post follows:

Amid all the media obsession with counting Republican delegates and speculating on whether the Republican "establishment" will "cave" into Donald Trump and "unite" behind him in November, it is easy to lose sight of what Trump really stands for and what his presidency would mean for the future of immigration in America.

However, one well known international human rights lawyer, Amal Alamuddin Clooney, a Lebanese refugee and member of the New York bar who grew up in England and graduated from Oxford and NYU Law School, is reminding us that above all, Trump's negative views on Muslims and Mexicans and his promise to exclude them from the United States are at the heart of his campaign and would be likely to define his presidency more than anything else.

There can be no question that Amal Clooney, who is married to the actor George Clooney, has gained international distinction as a lawyer. According to her biography, see:


after graduating from law school, she clerked for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge and future Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Subsequently, she worked for Sullivan & Cromwell, one of the leading law firms in America and the world, where she represented high-profile corporate clients.

After that, she became known as an international human rights lawyer when she joined a United Nations tribunal established to prosecute the persons responsible for the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Hariri.

Her distinguished legal career also includes defending former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange, as well as working with Kofi Annan for a United Nations Commission on Syria, among other noteworthy international human rights causes.

She is also currently a visiting faculty member at Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute.

Therefore her following comments about Trump's attacks on minority immigrants and immigrant communities deserve to be taken very seriously, along with those of many other commentators and public figures who have spoken out against Trump's attempts to base his appeal on fomenting racial and religious conflict in America by demonizing minority immigrants.

In an April 25 BBC interview, Clooney stated the following, as reported in The Hill:

"When you listen to what the leading candidate on the Republican side has been saying about building walls, about excluding Mexicans and saying there has to be a complete shutdown on all Muslims entering the country...

People I think should have been saying, 'Do you mean the 1.5 billion people around the world who fit that description, do you mean the people who are US citizens, who are members of your military, the vast majority od whom are not extremist or violent in any way?'"

The Hill
also points out that Clooney and her husband are Hillary Clinton supporters who have held "high dollar" fundraisers on her behalf. This does not make Clooney's comments about Trump's appeals to Islamophobia and anti-Latino prejudice any less accurate or relevant.



It is also worth noting that as a Middle Eastern refugee with a Muslim name, this distinguished international lawyer, Columbia Law School faculty member and human rights advocate would herself no doubt be high on the list of people barred from entering the United States if Donald Trump were to become president.
Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants obtain work visas and green cards for more than 35 years.

Roger believes that immigration law should be understood and implemented as the servant, not the opponent, of human rights. His email address is algaselex@gmail.com