Just in case there is anyone left who still thinks that Donald Trump's current executive order "temporarily" (for as long as Trump remains in office as president, that is - no one who has been living on this planet, as opposed to somewhere else in the universe, for the past two years since Trump began his presidential campaign of attack against Hispanic, Muslim and Asian immigrants could seriously believe that his order will not be extended indefinitely after the initial 90-day period is over) banning entry to the US by most, if not all, of the entire population of six almost 100 percent countries in the Middle East and Africa is directed only against Muslim immigrants, as opposed to immigrants of color from everywhere in the world, should pay close attention to Trump's latest speech in Warsaw, Poland.

Slate columnist Jamelle Boule has done exactly that in his June 7 article about this speech.

A New Warsaw Pact

For a direct link to Boule's article, go to:


For the full text of Trump's speech, see:


While much of the speech was praiseworthy with regard to topics not related to immigration, such as recalling the resistance of the Polish people against Nazi and Communist tyranny, as well as the endurance of the Jewish people during the Holocaust; and Trump did not shrink back from at least some justified criticism of Russia for destabilizing the Ukraine and supporting authoritarian right wing governments, there were coded, but still obvious, references to immigration policy in the speech that continued the nationalist, anti-immigrant tone of his August 31, 2016 Arizona address as a presidential candidate.

As Boule points out in his above Slate article, the following two extracts from Trump's Warsaw speech are of particular concern from the point of view of immigration:

"Americans, Poles and the nations of Europe value individual freedom and sovereignty. We must work together to confront forces, whether they come from inside or out, from the South or the East, that threaten over time to undermine these values and to erase the bonds of culture, faith and tradition that make us who we are. If left unchecked, these forces will undermine our courage, sap our spirit and weaken our will to defend ourselves and our societies." (Emphasis added.)

What does Trump mean when he talk about the dangerous "forces" which must be resisted coming from the "South or the East" ?

From Europe,"South" means Africa and "East" means the Middle East and Asia. From the US, "South" means the Hispanic nations of Latin America, including Mexico; and "East", to most Americans, means Asia. In other words, Trump was clearly referring to non-white parts of the world.

If there was any possible doubt about this, it was erased by his use of the words "culture, faith and tradition" - an obvious reference to white, Christian Europe. Trump is clearly not interested here in defending the "bonds" of Far Eastern, South Asian, Middle Eastern or African cultures, nor the "faith and traditions" of Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or other non-Christian parts of the world.

But what does this have to do with immigration?

Trump makes clear in the following paragraph from his speech:

​"The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to protect them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?" (Emphasis added.)

Here, we have the heart of Trump's immigration outlook (or as German-speaking philosophers would say, Weltanschauung).

In Trump's view, as evidenced by this speech and its August 31, 2016 predecessor, immigration restrictions are not just a means of protecting a nation against crime and terrorism, which are the ostensible reasons for Trump's mass deportation agenda and his six Muslim country entry ban. To the contrary, Trump is talking about immigration from countries outside of Europe and America as a threat to Western civilization itself.

What does Trump mean by? "Western civilization"? We can be sure of one thing. He is not talking about the multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multicultural one contemplated by the phrase: All men are created equal in the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America.

Nor is he, obviously, talking about the guarantees of free exercise of all religions and equal protection of the law to members of all ethnic groups embedded in this country's Constitution.

Instead, Trump is clearly looking backward, away from the reality of 21st Century multicultural, multiracial, multi-religious and, yes, multilingual America (with over 100 languages spoken in the school systems of major cities such as New York and Chicago), to the time of America's infamous, "Nordics" only 1924 "national origins" immigration act which barred almost all immigrants from most countries of the world outside of Europe.

In his above Slate piece, Boule quotes the white supremacist writer Lothrop Stoddard, whose views, along with those of another white supremacist, Madison Grant had a major influence on the 1924 law (which Adolf Hitler praised in Mein Kampf and Trump's Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, also praised 90 years later in his 2015 immigration "Handbook" for Congressional Republicans) as follows (writing in Stoddard's 1920 book The Rising Tide of Color Against White World Supremacy):

"Unless we set our house in order, the doom will sooner or later overtake us all. And that would mean that the race obviously endowed with the greatest creative ability, the race which has achieved the most in the past and which gave the richer promise for the future, had passed away, carrying with it to the grave those potencies upon which the realization of man's highest hope depends."

Is there any way that one can overlook the resemblances to the above paean to the alleged superiority of white civilization written almost a century ago and the following additional extracts from Trump's Warsaw speech?

"We write symphonies.
[Not Kabuki dramas, Beijing Opera, Classical Indian Ragas, Balinese Shadow Theater, African Epic Narratives, Latin American Dance Music, or African-American Jazz] We pursue innovation [Just as do the Indian and other Asian computer professionals and engineers whose H-1B visas Trump is so anxious to restrict or abolish]. We celebrate our ancient heroes, [Just as did the unquestionably great German composer Richard Wagner, whose music dramas celebrating the ancient German gods and heroes Adolf Hitler so admired], embrace our timeless traditions and customs, and always seek to explore and discover brand new frontiers."

What might these "timeless traditions and customs" of Europe happen to be? Trump doesn't say so, but for nearly a thousand years, imposing Christian orthodoxy against Jews and "heretics" on pain of severe persecution and even burning at the stake was a "timeless tradition and custom." in many parts of Europe.For nearly 500 years, so was imposing white supremacy on other parts of the world through conquest This is not to say that European cultural traditions have had nothing to contribute to human civilization in general.

To be sure, Euopeans have contributed an enormous amount, from the time of Homer, Hesiod, Euripides, Plato and Aristotle in Greece; and later, Cicero, Virgil, Lucretius, Seneca and Epictetus in ancient Rome; through countless great thinkers, poets, scientists, leaders, religious figures, artists and composers up to the present.

But none of this justifies the kind of smug racial/cultural superiority expounded by top presidential advisers such as Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller, as shown in detail in Jamelle Boule's above cited article.

And, just in case there could any further doubt as to what Trump means:

"...what we've inherited from our ancestors has never existed to this extent before.."

In other words, everything depends on heredity, which is just another way of saying race.

Now we know a good deal more abour why why Trump is so eager to deport up to 11 million Latino immigrants, ban Muslims, restrict H-1B visas, vastly reduce refugee admissions, and expand "extreme vetting" to the point where few visa applicants from anywhere outside Europe may be able to qualify.

An additional comment regarding ancestors. Donald Trump was certainly not lacking in proper respect for the ancestors of the white European audience members at his speech in Poland. But when it comes to grandparents in Muslim countries who might be hoping to visit their American citizen grandchildren in the United States, Trump's respect and reverence for ancestry undergoes a very sudden and dramatic transformation.


Nor can one overlook at least a faint resemblance between Trump's State Department's almost farcical obsession with keeping Muslim grandparents of American citizens out of the United States as part of his six country ban, and the far more ominous obsession with how many Jewish grandparents German citizens might have had in 1936, the year that the infamous Nuremberg laws were enacted.

So much for Donald Trump's views about European (i.e. white) "customs" "traditions". "culture" and "ancestry" in relation to immigration policy. His white nationalist supporters have caught onto and been applauding these dog whistles ever since Donald Trump started running for president.

It is time that the rest of us face up to what these phrases really mean as well. Otherwise, we will never understand the real objectives of Donald Trump's immigration agenda.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law