Update, April 9, 11:35 am:

Warnings against using anti-immigrant prejudice as a means to gain power are not new in America or only related to the Trump administration. Almost 20 years ago, in 1999, someone wrote an op-ed in the LA Times criticizing noted anti-immigrant columnist (and later 3rd party presidential candidate) Patrick Buchanan for attacking immigrants (among other targets) in order, according to the op-ed author:

"To gain political power."

The same op-ed writer added:

"That makes him [Buchanan] a very dangerous man."

The above op-ed was written by a then private citizen named Donald J. Trump.


The following is my revised comment, posted as of 9:30 am on April 9.

Viktor Orban, the Hungarian strongman who became the first leader in Europe to build a wall against immigrants and who made fear and prejudice against Muslim, Middle Eastern and African immigrants the centerpiece of his campaign (along with antisemitic attacks on the Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros, whose poster was shown all over the country as a target of hatred - very much in the style of the fictional Emmanuel Goldstein in George Orwell's famous novel 1984 - has won re-election in Hungary.

The Washington Post reports that Orban now has a supermajority and is free to continue to dismantle democracy in that country.

As The Post's April 8 article explains, Orban, who made attacks on immigrants the biggest, if not the only issue in his campaign, and who is the first leader in Hungary to build a wall against immigrants in an unabashed appeal to "preserving" Hungary's white, Christian, "identity", has:

"...enacted drastic changes to Hungary's constitution, attempted to dismantle its system of checks and balances and sought to silence his critics, notably the Hungarian media."

See, Washington Post:

Hungary votes to keep prime minister and right wing in power

(Sorry, I do not have a link to this artlcle; please go to the WP's website, www.washingtonpost.com or to Google Search to access.)

The Post also writes:

"Orban's reelection represented a victory for the European far right. Since the terrorist attacks of 2015, his central message has been the demonization of immigrants. But his 2018 campaign also resonated on a more historical level: it was the first time since World War II that a European head of state ran - and won - on a platform that held a Jewish financier responsible for a nation's ills.

His [Orban's] rhetoric has repeated word-for-word the anti-Jewish cliches that were once a mainstay of European political life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries."

See also, Bernard Rorke:

The filth and the fury: Hungary's Fidesz ramps up the hate for 8 April election


16 months ago, Susan Faludi, in a December 5, 2016 opinion piece in The Guardian, warned about the dangerous implication of the attacks on the media as the foundation of democracy by Orban, whom Trump has praised and who is admired by some of Trump's right wing supporters in the United States, such as former Breitbart News editor and top White House adviser Stephen Bannon, for his attacks on immigrants. See:

Hungary's sharp rightward turn is a warning to America.



Bannon: Orban is a hero


Now, with Trump's frantic insistence on building the Wall, and his sending National Guard troops to the Mexican border amid ever increasing rhetoric against Mexican and other non-white immigrants (who are taking the place of Jews in Orban's Hungary as a target of the Trump administration - Trump himself cannot be accused of being antisemitic), and Trump's mounting assaults on the "'fake news" media, judicial independence and impartiality (most recently in the Immigration Court system), and against government officials who are not sufficiently "loyal" to him and his agenda; we need to ask ourselves as Americans whether Susan Faludi's warning is not coming true.

We also need to ask ourselves whether Viktor Orban's use of fear and hatred of immigrants to destroy democracy in Hungary is not becoming more and more of a template for a similar outcome in Donald Trump's America.
Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, Roger has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from diverse parts of the world obtain work visas and green cards through employment or family sponsorship.

Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com