On January 2, Donald Trump tweeted:

"The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime [absurd charge against President Obama omitted] The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The US is watching!

We can be sure that the US is watching, just as Trump said - watching to make sure that the protesters whom he, quite justly, praises for their resistance against tyranny in their country, never set foot in the United States, since Iran is on Trump's Muslim ban list.

This is why former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power tweeted the following on December 31, 2017:

"We stand with the Iranian people so much that we won't let them come here."

(Link to Huffington Post story to be provided.)

Meanwhile, Thomas Homan, Acting ICE Director and Trump's nominee for Director of the agency, threatened to bring Iranian style fascism one step closer to reality in America by telling Fox News (what a surprise!) that political leaders in sanctuary cities should be charged with crimes if they refuse to fall in line behind Trump's mass deportation agenda.


Jeff Sessions, Trump's attorney general, has also suggested prosecuting local officials as a means of stifling opposition by state or local officials to Trump's plans to deport up to 11 or 12 million non-white immigrants from the US, something which could well justify the label of ethnic cleansing.

See. Washington Times: (November 20, 2016)

Jeff Sessions may prosecute 'sanctuary cities' if confirmed as attorney general


While no one will argue with Trump's denunciation of Iran for its violations of human rights, his defense of those basic rights might carry just a little more force and credibility if Trump had not banned virtually the entire population of Iran, including the demonstrators who are risking their lives for freedom from dictatorship in a country that is more than 99 percent Muslim, from entering the United States solely because of their religion.

In doing so, Trump is using the time worn ruse, which fools nobody and dates back to the racially based "Nordics" - only 1924 "national origins" immigration act, of using nationality as an excuse for racial or religious bigotry.

By banning freedom-seeking Iranians from coming to the US because of their religion, the president also underscores his hypocrisy in tweeting sympathy for the economic hardship or ordinary Iranians at the hands of their government - so soon after signing a huge tax giveaway to the wealthiest Americans as a prelude to cutting Social Security, health insurance and other essential safety net programs for average Americans, as Juan Cole points out in a January 1 alternet.org article:

Top 6 Signs Trump Doesn't Actually Care About Iranian Protesters


As Professor Cole also points out, Trump's ban on freedom-loving Iranians from entering the United States is even more hypocritical because of Trump's own endorsement of authoritarian ideas of government, such as his claim that he has complete control over the Justice Department, which are essentially no different from the ideology of the Iranian tyrants.

In summary, while Trump's statement standing up for the human rights of the courageous Iranian protesters is certainly welcome and commendable, it would be a little more believable if the president were also standing up for the freedom of the press, freedom of the judiciary, and basic rights of immigrant minorities here at home, rather than trying to undermine them and claim authoritarian powers for himself.

Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School who has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from diverse parts of the world obtain work visas and green cards for more than 35 years.

Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com