Update, July 28, 1:41 pm:

In my list of Trump's immigration "enemies" described below, i omitted to mention members of two legal visa categories that were definitely on Trump's list of "friendly" ones while they were useful to his businesses, but are no longer so in terms of his current objective of winning the presidency.

I refer to skilled and professional green cards through labor certification and H-1B visas, the latter of which he has sponsored over 1,000 foreign workers for, mainly from Mexico.

Trump now wants to abolish both of these legal visa categories, which he now says are unfair to American workers, even though this issue never bothered before he started running for the presidency.

But I also want to be fair to Trump. Did he not also say that, in addition to the alleged "criminals" and "rapists", Mexico was also sending some "good people" to America as well? Now we know who those good people were - the ones who were working for Trump and, there is good reason to believe from his own statements, helping him keep his labor costs down.

My original post appears below:

What does Donald Trump's alleged support for purported Russian hacking into thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee and their release to Wikileaks on the eve of the Democratic National Convention say about his immigration policies?

The short answer would be not very much, and this would justify asking whether this topic is even worth writing about in a blog devoted to discussion of immigration law.

Moreover, just as I previously argued that the charges that Trump was anti-Semitic, based on his use of a sheriff's badge image which happened to look like a Star of David in one of his attacks on Hillary Clinton were vastly overblown and with scant foundation in reality; there is no justification for the hystrical shouting that we have been hearing coming from some people on the Democratic side that Trump has allegedly committed "treason" by endorsing the purported hacking by Russia.

I respectfully suggest leaving the "treason" insanity to some of Trump's own supporters who have been calling for Hillary Clinton to be hanged in public. I say this even though no one who has been reading my posts could possibly mistake me for a Trump supporter myself.

But this is not to say that Trump's statement on July 27 about alleged Russian hacking of the DNC, as quoted in numerous media stories, is totally irrelevant to drawing some conclusions about what might be in store for immigrants in America under a Donald Trump administration.

First, let us look at Trump's actual statement, as quoted in POLITICO:

"It would be interesting to see, I will tell you this. Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing."



Trump has since tried to dismiss the above comment as merely being "sarcastic", and I do not see any reason not to give him the benefit of the doubt. While it is certainly reprehensible to give any support or endorsement, for whatever reason to an attempt by any foreign dictator, let alone one as dangerous as Putin, to manipulate America's electoral process, there is nothing in the above statement to indicate that Trump was encouraging or recommending the alleged Russian hacking, or that he bears any responsibility for it.



If the above is the case, then what relationship does Trump's statement about the DNC hacking incident have to how he might carry out immigration policies as president? As the ancient Greek poet Hesiod, who some scholars believe may have been a contemporary of Homer, wrote in the introduction to his Theogonia ("Theogony"):

alla tiei moi tauta peri dryn ei peri petrein;

("What is all of this to me any more than a tree or a rock?")

There is a good argument that the answer lies in what the above statement says about Trump's obsession which showing that Hillary Clinton, the only person who stands between him and his taking over control of the United States government and being able to impose his will on the entire country, if not the world, is allegedly a criminal who deserves to be locked up.

This is despite the fact that the FBI, after a lengthy and exhaustive investigation of her email activities as Secretary of State, one which led to its strong criticism of some of her practices, still found no basis to bring criminal charges against her.

But Trump is not willing to let this issue go - because Clinton is a political opponent. Therefore anything that can be done to get her out of the way must be done, just as Trump has shown he would like to do with other political and media opponents during this campaign; and, perhaps even more to the point, just as Putin has done with his political and media opponents in Russia by jailing and, allegedly, murdering some of them.

See: Fox News, May 29. 2015:

Putin opponent near death in suspected poisoning


This ruthless attitude applies to anyone whom Trump considers to be an enemy, and that is where his attitudes toward immigration come into the picture. Trump has made it clear in numerous speeches, over and over again, that he considers entire classes of immigrants as enemies, whether they may be Mexican "criminals", "rapists" and "drug dealers", or Muslims from around the world who are filled with "hatred" for America.

What does one do with "enemies"? One builds walls against them; one bars them from entering the United states from many, if not all, countries of the world; one carries out mass incarceration and expulsion against them on a scale unprecedented in US history, and one seeks to amend the US Constitution to deny birthright US citizenship to their American-born children.

This is why Trump's statement about alleged Russian hacking, and his statement's implied support for a ruthless dictator who has been accused of handling his political enemies the same way that Trump has recommended handling Hillary Clinton, while supporting neo-fascist anti-immigrant movements in Europe (see my previous post) should be of such great concern to those who care about immigration, and immigrant rights, in America.
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 different parts of the world obtain work visas and green cards.

Roger believes that respecting and protecting immigrant rights is essential to preserving our democracy and keeping America great His email address is algaselex@gmail.com