Prior to Trump's rambling, more than 2-hour CPAC speech, some right wing immigration opponents were evidently worried that the CPAC conference was purportedly not focusing enough on the alleged dangers to America coming, not mainly from unauthorized or "undocumented" immigrants, but from the real target, legal immigration from outside Europe.

But Trump's ranting, almost entirely fictitious, invective against legal immigration showed that his right wing supporters had nothing to worry about. The Wall is only a prelude to Trump's goal of destroying most of America's legal immigration system, including but not limited to programs such as extended family and diversity immigration, which are perceived as being friendly to legal immigrants from non-white areas of the world.

On February 28, before Trump's speech, the notoriously anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) published an article called:

CPAC 2019 Offers Little for Immigration Restrictionists

In the article, author Mathew Sussis complains that the so called "Border Crisis" is "limited to a single conversation". See:

The article continues:

"The crisis at the border is serious and certainly worthy of discussion, but the United States is currently taking in over one million legal permanent residents every year and nearly one in seven U.S. residents is now an immigrant. Shouldn't that be discussed too?"

Sussis then explains that the main reason why so many legal immigrants are objectionable - in his view - is that they tend to vote Democratic, rather than Republican.

Of course, this overlooks the fact that legal permanent residents can't vote at all, and that the Trump administration's fraudulent scare tactics about alleged large scale illegal voting by immigrants have been a massive failure.

However, long time anti-immigrant activist Michelle Malkin, the US-born child of legal immigrants from the Philippines - exactly the type of immigrants whom she has been directing invective against for more than two decades decades, was much less restrained in her CPAC speech.

Speaking about legal immigration to the US, she said:

"Our shining city on a hill has become a much abused doormat to the world. Building the border wall is just half the battle. The numbers tell all. The future is dimmed. The odds are fearful."

See, Breitbart News:

Michelle Malkin Delivers Scorching Immigration Speech at CPAC.

But when Trump finally took the podium at CPAC, he showed that CIS, Michelle Malikin and the rest of his anti-immigrant base had no reason to be disappointed. Instead he launched into a fact-free tirade against all brown immigrants, including those who come the US with legal visas that have nothing to do with the Mexican border.

According to the official White House transcript of his actual speech (not just his prepared remarks) Trump. after beginning his immigration comments with his usual rant about MS-13 immigrant "animals", soon moved on to making clear that the Wall is only a part of his larger anti-immigrant agenda, based on his fictitious charges that most (brown) immigrants are violent criminals and drug dealers:

"To secure our country, we are calling on Congress to build a great border wall to stop dangerous drugs and criminals from pouring into our country. And now they're willing to give us the wall, but they don't want to give us any of the laws to keep these people out."

And who, exactly, are "these people" whom Trump is so anxious to keep out? He quickly got to his main point: "chain migration, lottery."

Trump then went on to the theme, based on total fantasy about how the lottery program actually works, that the lottery countries themselves choose the lottery applicants - who are mainly criminals, not their "best people".

He then went on to repeat the totally baseless story, not supported by a single shred of evidence, that a terrorist who killed and injured several people in Manhattan by running them over with a car had sponsored almost two dozen relatives to join him in the US.

The truth is that there is no reason to believe that he had sponsored anyone.

But, we have known for a long time that the truth, reality, facts, are of no concern to this president of the United States when speaking about immigration including legal immigration. The only point is to stir up as much hatred against brown immigrants as possible to keep America white.

And the many, many actions that the Trump administration has already taken to sabotage the legal immigration system, including the Muslim Ban; attempts to undermine the asylum system and to end DACA and TPS; the new "public charge" rules for green card applicants, and the skewed adjudications processes for legal visa applicants - including the "merit based" applicants whom Trump falsely claims to favor (unless they are from Asia, Africa, the Middle East or Latin America, that is) show that Trump's immigration rhetoric needs to be taken seriously.

This is not just invective against brown immigrants thrown out to please Trump's base. It is official US policy in the Donald Trump Era.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law