One of the favorite, and most misleading, slogans constantly repeated by supporters of Trump's immigration agenda is that he is not motivated by racism or "animus" against immigrants of any particular color, ethnicity or religion, as two Stanford Laws School professors convincingly argue in an article introduced in my May 15 comment, but that he is merely trying to "enforce" existing immigration laws and strengthen "border security".

But for over a year, ever since he announced that he was in favor of the so-called RAISE Act proposal by two Republican Senators which would have cut legal immigration in half and heavily skewed the visa system in favor of white,European countries where English is widely used, Trump has repeatedly attacked and vowed to eliminate two leading sources of legal immigration from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America - namely extended family immigration and the diversity visa.

And he has done this in the same way that he has used in vilifying and demonizing asylum-seekers and unauthorized immigrants - by making exaggerated or totally fabricated claims that they are mainly criminals, drug dealers or terrorists who allegedly pose an urgent danger to the safety and well-being of the American people.

Now, according to the latest reports, Trump is doubling down on his efforts to make drastic changes in America's immigration laws -not just to "enforce" existing ones, as his supporters inaccurately claim. - by proposing a plan that would, judging from media reports, just be a rehash of the openly bigoted RAISE Act, but without the cut in overall legal immigration quotas contained in that bill.

See: POLITICO: May 15:

Trump to unveil immigration plan aimed at changing narrative

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/15/trump-new-immigration-plan-1326972

POLITICO reports:

"The plan would not change the number of immigrants entering the country, officials said, but would instead change their composition. It would shift the country to a points-based system where applicants seeking "Build America" visas are scored on attributes including education, Englsh-speaking ability and an existing offer of employment from an American company or organization. It would downplay an applicant's family ties to people already in the U.S.

It would also eliminate the diversity visa lottery program, which offers 50.000 visas annually to people from countries with low rates of immigration. Family and diversity visas would be reallocated to employment-based applicants, according to two people familiar with the plan."


While employment-based immigration is welcome and should definitely be supported, it does not have to be done at the expense of family and diversity immigrants, who are mainly nonwhite and non-European. The diversity visa, for example, has been especially popular with legal immigrants from the African continent - whose nations Trump has referred to as "shithole" countries whose citizens he believes should be kept out of America to make room for more people from "Countries like Norway".

For example, Increasing the number of H-1B visas, a reform which is now almost 20 years overdue, and limiting the current blizzard of legally baseless, politically motivated, RFE's and denials in H-1B and other employment-based cases to clearly inappropriate petitions, instead of using these as strategies to keep the number of petition approvals down, as at present, would be an excellent way to begin.

One can only wonder whether one of the "two people familiar with the plan" mentioned in the above POLITICO report might, just by chance, have been Trump's favorite anti-nonwhite immigration guru and Grand Inquisitor, Stephen Miller.

The Washington Post also reports on May 16 that Trump has refused to include any DACA resolution proposal in its "new" plan. The White House says that any proposal to help DACA recipients would be "divisive".

The only people who might be "divided" by helping DACA applicants are Trump's hard core supporters who don't want any more nonwhite immigrants in America.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law