Will Trump's latest claim that his immigration policies should not be called "mass deportation", and that he only plans to "get rid of a lot of bad dudes"..."humanely" and with a "big heart" be enough to overcome criticism that his "deportation task force proposal is authoritarian and just one more sign that he has no respect for America's constitution or the rume of law? See:


Trump would have to make a very big change indeed in order to rebut criticism last month from former Massachusetts Republican governor and U.S. Holocaust Commission member William Weld,who is now running for VP on the Libertarian Party ticket, that Trump's plan to deport 11 or 12 million immigrants who are in the US without legal status bears comparison with the Nazi Kristallnacht persecution in 1938, when Jewish synagogues, stores and businesses were smashed all over Germany and tens of thousands of Jews were rounded up and sent to concentration camps, in what many historians regard as the beginning of Hitler's final extermination program

Here is am extract from Gov. Weld's interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on May 22:

TAPPER:"Let's talk about immigration. You've differed with Donald Trump sharply on this issue of mass deportation, his plan to deport the estimated 11 or 12 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. You told the New York Times about that plan: 'I can hear the glass crunching on Kristallnacht...when I hear that'...Is that a little strong, you think, to talk about the Holocausr?"

WELD: "No, no, I don't think so. I served five years on the U.S. Holocaust Commission...if we don't remember, we absolutely will forget. And you got to forget a lot of things to think it's a good idea to round up and deport [11] million people living peaceably, most of them working in America, in the middle of the night. No, not in the United States. China maybe, not in the United States."



Trump's mass deportation plan (whether he likes to use that term or not) is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of doubts that are being increasingly raised among conservatives (not only liberal Democrats and other Hillary Clinton supporters) about whether Trump would respect the rule of law and our Constitutional system of checks and balances if he were president.

See; The Guardian: Legal experts on Donald Trump: 'He lacks respect for basic norms' (June 18)


The Guardian writes:

"'My concern is that [Trump] lacks respect for basic norms', said Robert Smith, a former associate judge on the New York court of appeals who was appointed by ex-governor George Pataki, a Republican. 'He's a totally irresponsible egomaniac, and it should be no surprise he pays no attention to the law and other basic social norms...

Trump's notion of bringing back waterboarding also outrages [Judge] Smith, who says that the now-banned practice is tantamount to 'torture [which] violates American and international law.'".

The Guardian also quoted Judge Smith on Trump's proposed Muslim immigration ban:

"I think the idea of a religious test for immigration is un-American and appalling."

Trump i also receiving criticism from conservative lawyers for his proposal to "open up" the libel laws in order to stifle criticism of his policies. Te Guardian reports:

"'f you open up the libel laws, the first person who would be sued is Donald Trump,' said Richard Epstein, a law professor at the University of Chicago who is highly regarded in conservative legal circles. 'He makes false and malicious statements about public and private people...I regard him as semi-hysterical and self righteous [and] utterly unfit to be president of the United States.'"

In view of the above comments by a former Republican governor and U.S. Holocaust Commission member, as well as distinguished legal scholars, including those in Trump's own party, one also has to ask whether there would still be such a thing as free and open discussion of immigration policy (or any other issues) under a Trump presidency, or whether the voices of pro-immigration advocates would be stifled in a general climate of fear and intimidation if Donald Trump were to obtain control of the enormous powers of the highest office in the land.
Roger Algase is a New York 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 when the basic human and civil rights of immigrants come under attack, the freedoms of all Americans, and our democracy itself, are put in danger. His email address is algaselex@gmail.com