This post has been revised as of October 21, 9:00 pm:

Fears of Syrian refugees as
"potential terrorists" (which highly respected federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner recently dismissed as "nightmare speculation" in the October 3, 2016 decision of Exodus Immigration v Pence) are continuing to increase, along with Islamophobia in general in America, despite the total lack of evidence that Syrian refugees have been involved in any US (or Canadian) terror incidents to date.

At the same time, hate crimes against Muslims are on the increase.


According to a New York Times story, there were an estimated 260 reports of hate crimes against Muslims in America in 2015, the highest since the year of the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

This has led innocent Muslim-Americans and Muslim immigrants, including a Pakistani-American anti-terrorism expert who has actually decided to leave the US to seek refuge in Pakistan to fear for their own safety in America.

According to media reports, Abdul Usmani, the 7-year old US-born child of Zeeshan-ul-Hassan Usmani, who originally came to the US from Pakistan as a Fullbright scholar and now works as a Chief Technology Officer for a Silicon Valley Software company, and who has been using data to prevent terror attacks, was allegedly beaten up by classmates on a school bus in North Carolina for being a Muslim.

Usmani also alleges that his family was harassed by a neighbor for months because of their religion, and that his other son has been called a terrorist.

He states that his family will stay in Pakistan until after the election to see if his family feels safe enough to return. See:


And in a separate, and even more ominous development, three American men who are allegedly members of a militia group called "The Crusaders" have been arrested for allegedly plotting to bomb an apartment building and mosque used by Somali immigrants in Garden City, Kansas, after an 8-month FBI investigation.

According to a BBC news report, the bombing was to take place on November 9, the day after the election. The report quotes US Attorney Tom Beall as saying that the investigation had taken FBI agents "deep into a culture of hatred and violence".


The same report states that the Council on American-Islamic relations (CAIR) has urged increased protection of American mosques by law enforcement, and that its national executive director, Nihad Awad, has asked America's political leaders to:

"...reject the growing Islamophobia in our nation."

To be continued.
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 diverse parts of the world and ethnic/religious backgrounds obtain work visas and green cards.

Roger's practice is concentrated in H-1B specialty worker, O-1 extraordinary ability and J-1 trainee work authorization; and green cards through labor certification (PERM) and opposite sex or same sex marriage. His email address is