Later update: February 14, 4:45 pm:

The Washington Post reports that Trump is now renewing his threat to declare a national emergency in order to build his Wall of hatred against brown immigrants, even as he signs the compromise Congressional spending bill without Wall funding to keep the government open (as expected).

Shouldn't this egregious abuse of power also be on the table then the Democrats consider impeachment?


My earlier comments follow:

Update, February 14, 2:04 pm:

For more on the openly racist motivation for Trump's Wall, see Greg Sargent, Washington Post, (February 13):

Trump's fixation on a wall looks juvenile. Democrats should learn from his mistakes.

The same racist motivation runs through many other aspects of Trump's immigration agenda, if not every single one of them, including legal immigration.

My original comment follows below.


The battle over Trump's border Wall obsession has grabbed plenty of headlines in the past few weeks and months, but in many ways, focusing on this one issue (or non-issue, as it is now even more obvious than before that Trump's Wall will never be built) has been a diversion from the real thrust of Trump's immigration agenda.

Trump's agenda, let us not forget, not only involves turning away desperate refugees from gang and domestic violence in Central America in violation of international law, as Margaret Huang, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA,.points out below, but includes a much wider agenda of discriminating against not only "irregular", but also legal immigrants on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin.

It is a disservice to immigrant communities, and to all Americans who believe in this nation's founding principle that all people are created equal, that much of the Wall debate has focused on side issues, such as whether high-tech drones and sensors are more effective than steel or concrete in keeping out brown immigrants, or whether wealthy private landowners along the border would be adequately compensated for losing their property to eminent domain.

Certainly, Trump's abuse of power and threat to democracy in attempting to fund the wall in the face of Congressional opposition though executive action is a more urgent issue which many have commented on, including myself, but even this does not deal with the large-scale human right violations in Trump's immigration policies.

However, Margaret Huang focuses on the human rights issues directly in a January 24 letter to the New York Times:dealing with the border issue.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/24/o...-migrants.html

She writes:

The Trump administration is committing flagrant human rights violations by deliberately making the legal process of asylum unnecessarily unbearable and drawn out...Our own research shows that in some instances, American officials have gone so far as to falsely tell people that they couldn't seek asylum even at designated ports of entry ports of entry, in violation of both United States and international law.

By slowing the processing of applications to a crawl and imposing overly burdensome administrative measures, the situation has become untenable both for families waiting to apply for asylum, and for unaccompanied children trapped in limbo even when they are allowed entry.

Last autumn I saw for myself the warehousing of thousands of children in a tent city in Texas, essentially jailed for months...rather than being reunited with family members and sponsors."

She concludes:

"Rather than investing in divisive symbols of hatred like the wall, the administration should be investing in fair immigration and asylum policies that value human rights."

A link to an Amnesty International research report providing more details is also contained in the letter, which was evidently written before Trump's even more egregious and inhuman "Waitin Mexico" asylum policy was instituted.

But as mentioned above, Trump's border and asylum policies are only the tip of the iceberg of an overall agenda based on the bedrock principle of discriminating against non-white immigrants in almost every category, including family and employment-based applications for legal visas, work permits and green cards.

I will be discussing these fundamental issues of international immigration human rights law further in forthcoming comments..

Roger Algase

Attorney at Law