This is Part 2 of a 3-part series.

First comes the sickening report that Trump's anti-immigrant Torquemada and Grand Inquisitor, Stephen Miller, is pushing harder than ever to make the Trump administration's latest expression of hatred toward non-white immigrants, in the form of proposals to deny legal visas and green cards to immigrants who use public benefits that millions of middle and working class Americans receive without any fuss, into official policy.

See, ThinkProgress (April 15):

Stephen Miller is mad that immigrants aren't being denied benefits fast enough by the administration

https://thinkprogress.org/stephen-miller-trump-administration-deny-immigrants-benefits-51dd2af93aa8/


But as if this alone were not enough to outrage all Americans of good will who still believe in our nation's core values of equal opportunity for all, regardless of religion or skin color; and who remember how their own immigrant ancestors found a better life in America after leaving poverty, discrimination and opp
ression in Europe and elsewhere, now comes the latest report that Trump not on;y proposes to use public charge grounds to deny visas and gren cards, a policy that is already well under way, but that he now plans to deport long standing legal permanent residents who may be benefiting from certain public assistance programs.

As I mentioned in my May 6 Immigration Daily comment, the public charge provisions of the immigration laws have a long, dark and shameful history of being used against immigrant groups who were targeted because of their race or religion.In this comment I will discuss the history of teo of these groups, Irish Catholics in the 19th Century and Jews trying to escape from Nazi Germany in the 1930's

In the next and final part of this 3-part series, I will discuss the history of using public charge rules based on prejudice against Irish immigrants in the 19th century, as described by CUNY professor Hidetaka Hirota, a leading authority on the history of that period and author of the book Expelling the Poor/.

I will also describe the experience of Ana Mendelson. an American woman whose Jewish grandmother was barred from coming to the US on public charge grounds while trying to flee from the Nazis.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law