The media are now consumed with stories about a forthcoming book by journalist Michael Wolff about Trump's White House which is reportedly full of unflattering personal and political stories about the president and his family. These include among many other things, an alleged comment by former top White House advisor and Trump campaign manager Stephen Bannon to the effect that a meeting between two of Trump's closest family members and his former campaign director with some Russians was "treasonous".

Predictably, an infuriated President has lashed out at Bannon, stating that the latter has "lost his mind" and that he had nothing to do with Trump's campaign success - something that has about as much truth as saying that the capitol of the United States is located in Jerusalem - or Tehran - would have.

Trump's lawyers have also reportedly sent Bannon a cease and desist letter, just in case he did not already know that the president does not react kindly to criticism on any issue whatsoever. See:

But while all the above may make good tabloid reading, it does not change the fact that on immigration policy, Trump and Bannon have always seen eye-to-eye on the basics, and that here have been few if any differences between them. More than that, Bannon, along with Stephen Miller, former aide to Jeff Sessions, now the Attorney General and formerly the Senate's most vocal immigration opponent, and Sessions himself, was by all reports a chief architect of Trump's policies seeking to reduce or cut off immigration from non-white parts of the world.

Bannon is gone and now evidently out of favor with the president, at least for the moment. But Bannon's bigoted policies against immigration from Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America remain - particularly in Trump's Muslim ban executive order - what is left of it - and Trump's assaults on refugees, family immigration and the Diversity visa.

On January 25, 2017, only days after Trump took office as president, he issued executive orders suspending immigration by refugees, primarily from Syria and other parts of the Middle East, and the issuance of visas to all citizens of seven more than 99% Muslim countries (the first Muslim Ban order), Right Wing Watch wrote the following (quoting from a Washington Post article):

"...the flurry of executive orders is 'widely seen inside the White House as a victory for the self-described populist wing of his inner circle - which includes chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions and top policy adviser Stephen Miller."

The above article continued:

"Bannon, as head of Breitbart News, was a key mouthpiece for anti-immigrant and especially anti-refugee propaganda, something he worked on closely with Sessions and Miller.,,Bannon called the influx of refugees and other migrants into Europe a 'Muslim invasion, and referenced the racist anti-immigrant book 'Camp of Saints'."

(Links in above quote are omitted.)

But Bannon's hostility toward non-white immigrants is not limited to refugees only. Bannon, along with Sessions, has also been associated with the white nationalist ideology of reversing the trend toward racial diversity in American society in general, and trying to undo immigration policies that enable immigration from non-white parts of the world:

See nprpolitics:

What is Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions' Shared Vision for Remaking America?

See also, NBC News:

Analysis: Breitbart's Steve Bannon Leads the 'Alt-Right' to the White House

Stephen Bannon is long since gone from the White House, and he has now joined the long list of people of all ideological stripes and views who have managed to become objects of Trump's ire, vituperation and, in Bannon's case as well as those of some journalists and publications, attempts to intimidate them from exercising their basic free speech rights.

But the spirit of Bannon's often stated belief that immigrants from non-white parts of the world in general, and Muslim immigrants in particular, pose a threat to America's society and "culture" and should not be welcome in this country, lives on in Donald Trump's White House.

Bannon's spirit and ideology live on, not only in Trump's Muslim and refugee ban orders, but also in his support for the RAISE Act and in his attempts to reduce or eliminate most family-based legal immigration and to abolish the Diversity Visa Lottery; as well has his attempt to make H-1B and other skilled immigration more difficult and complicated through his "Hire American" executive order.

Bannon may, not without justification, feel abused by the White House now, but he can draw satisfaction from knowing that his agenda against the non-European immigrants whom he regards as so undesirable for America is still alive and well inside the Oval Office.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law