Update, March 31, 10:45 am:

In yet another example of the apparent instinct toward dictatorship which has very arguably characterized the Trump presidency, and in which immigration policy has been a major factor (see the two latest examples below), Trump launched another attack against the Washington Post, which has been one of his strongest media critics on immigration, in an early morning Saturday, March 31 tweet.

In the tweet, sent on his way to the golf course, Trump claimed that the Post should "register" as a "lobbyist" for Amazon, whose owner, Jeff Bezos, also owns that paper. Trump also accused Amazon of scamming the US Post Office to the tune of $2.6 billion by paying unreasonably law shipping rates.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/...f-bezos-492853

Threats to punish media which are critical of the regime, and attempts to hurt or destroy the businesses of regime opponents, are a common feature of banana republics and other dictatorships. They have no place in a free and democratic society.

Trump's latest attacks on the Washington Post, hardly his first one on a free and independent press since launching his presidential campaign and taking office as president, have not yet reached the level of jailing and allegedly poisoning independent journalists, as is the case with Vladimir Putin, whose relationship with Trump and/or Trump's associates is still under investigation by Robert Mueller (someone else whom Trump would obviously like to remove as an obstacle to his ambitions as soon as possible).

But Trump's relentless attacks and threats against opposing media and journalists who disagree with his policies on immigration, among other issues, are moving in the same direction as Putin's.

My earlier comment follows:

If you are a US visa applicant from anywhere in the world, not just a suspected terror-prone area, Big Brother Donald Trump may soon be watching your social media posts for the past five years, as well as your phone numbers, email addresses and travel history during the same period.

The Guardian
reports that under new proposed procedures which have just been published in the Federal Register, Trump's promised "extreme vetting" of visa applicants, with what the ACLU accurately calls its chilling effect on free speech and association, will, if adopted, apply to all visa applicants world wide, not just those from Muslim or other "suspect" countries, as announced by the State Department last May.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...al-media-visas

If foreign citizens are subjected to this kind of ideological scrutiny, which, based on Trump's notorious intolerance for any kind of criticism or opposition, will inevitably target visa applicants who have ever made any negative comments concerning him or his policies, can it be very long before the same kind of surveillance and thought control is directed against American citizens as well - if, indeed, this is not happening already?

Welcome, George Orwell, to the spirit of Donald Trump's America (but just don't bother to apply for permission to come here).

And in another indication that a quaint but now outmoded doctrine which used to known as the Rule of Law in America has no place in Trump's White House, The Guardian also reports that the president is considering possible attempts to get around clear Congressional restrictions (in the just enacted spending bill) against using federal money to pay for his Mexican border wall by improperly using military funds for this purpose.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...ilitary-budget

Again, this is an issue which shows the danger that Trump's anti-immigrant agenda presents to America's democracy in general. We have a Constitution which says that Congress, not the president, makes the laws in this country.

If the president can overturn these laws just on his own as part of his efforts to stop Mexican and other non-white immigrants from coming to the United States, then we may still "have a country", to borrow from Trump's favorite expression that we "won't have a country" if immigrants continue to come in from parts of the world, or with skin color or religions, that he doesn't like.

But it will not be a country based on the principles of freedom and government by the people that America was founded on and has always stood for throughout its history up to now.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
algaselex@gmail.com