Update: December 9 at 9:34 am:

Donald Trump is now reported as attacking Time Magazine for calling him "Person of the Year", instead of "Man of the Year". I have a better suggestion: How about:

"Anti-Immigrant Demagogue of the Year"

What else got him elected (as our first popular vote loser president in 16 years)?

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law

Update, 6:39 pm November 11:

According to the latest report, Trump has now completely changed his initial tweet in order to show respect for the protesters, rather than to threaten them.

The new tweet is very reassuring for those who are hoping that America will still be a country where dissent is tolerated. It goes beyond that: it is generous, inclusive and shows that if Trump continues along this conciliatory line toward dissenters, especially with regard to immigrants and minorities, he might actually turn out to be a great president.

This is the text of Trump's revised tweet:

Donald J. Trump

Love the fact that small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!

I was not aware of the revised tweet when I wrote my original comment and I am revising the comment accordingly. See below.

The following is a revised version of my original comment.

On November 10, Trump posted the following comment on Twitter in response to nationwide protests which broke out after his election.

Donald J. Trump
@realDonald Trump

Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!

When the president-elect of the United States, who attacked and threatened libel suits and other retaliation against opposition media during the presidential campaign, began his transition to power by seeming attacking the media for "inciting" protesters exercising their constitutional right to free speech, it created a cause for concern about his commitment to upholding constitutional guarantees in general as president, including his willingness to respect the constitutional rights of immigrants, including such rights as due process in deportation hearings, as recently re-affirmed by the US Supreme Court in Reyes Mata v. Lynch 576 US _(2015)? For a detailed discussion of this case, See, Alissa Wickham:

Supreme Court Bolsters Due Process Rights for Immigrants (June 15, 2015)


It also raised a legitimate concern whether the First Amendment right to freedom of speech might be in danger right at the beginning of Trump's transition to the presidency and about what might happen, not only to the due process rights of immigrants facing deportation, but to the rights of US citizen immigration advocates who speak out in favor of immigrant rights.

It was also cause for concern that Trump blamed the media for "inciting" what were, by all accounts, entirely spontaneous protests. What else might Trumps blame the media for "inciting" as president?

And what kind of retaliation can the media or anyone else who speaks out against Trump on immigration and immigrant rights in the future expect from a president who threatens to lock up millions of immigrants until they are deported and who has said the he is just fine with sending American citizens to Guantanamo?

See: New York Times, August 12, 2016:

Donald Trump 'Fine' With Prosecuting U. S. Citizens at Guantanamo


Nor was it exactly reassuring that Trumo is on record as openly supporting violating the Eight Amendment to the constitution, and the federal criminal laws of this country (8 USC Section 2340) by "bringing back" torture "a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding".


Fortunately Trump evidently thought better of the above tweet and has replaced it with a new one which clearly showed respect for the rights of the protesters. See my update above.

This is a very reassuring sign and shows that, despite his frequently alarming campaign antics, he might, just very possibly, turn out to be a great president - especially if he can maintain this tolerant and inclusive attitude to America's minorities and immigrants, who are also part of our society.
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 believes that any attack on the rights of immigrants to justice and fundamental fairness under our laws, or bigotry against immigrants based on race, color or religion, is an attack on the rights and freedoms of all Americans.

His email address is algaselex@gmail.com