July 4 is soon approaching and one can predict with almost absolute certainly that it will, as usual, include three items that are as as traditional as apple pie in Donald Trump era America - parades, fireworks - and speeches or articles by immigration opponents hyping ancient, outworn scare tactics against "illegal alien" border crossers and visa overstays:

See, for example, a September 8, 2018 article by the anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies:

Analyzing the New Visa Overstay Reports

https://cis.org/Report/Analyzing-New-Visa-Overstay-Report

As a November 2, 2018 Washington Post article points out, obsessing over the "invasion" of America by "illegals" is one of America's oldest traditions, which has in the past been used against Catholics, Asians, Germans and Jews, and is now being used against Latinos, Muslims and all nonwhite immigrants who are not from what Trump refers to as "Countries Like Norway".

See, Meagan Flynn:

An 'invasion of illegal aliens': The oldest fear-mongering metaphor in America

But America is now facing a far more serious threat than any which might be presented by illegal border crossers and visa overstays. The president of the United States is now reportedly attempting to destroy the rule of law in this country's immigration system.

An April 9 article in the New Republic reports that Trump allegedly urged Border Control agents to refuse entry to bar [presumably asylum seekers] from entering the US even if the courts had ordered the agents to allow the immigrants in. See:

Trump's War on the Rule of Law is Reaching the Breaking Point

https://newrepublic.com/article/153536/trumps-war-rule-law-reaching-breaking-point

According ti this story, Trump told the agents:

"If judges give you trouble, say, sorry, judge, I can't do it. We don't have the room.'"

Even more seriously, the New York Times reported on April 8 that Trump constantly berated the now purged DHS chief, Kirstjen Nielsen, for refusing to take actions against immigrants that were either clearly illegal or of doubtful legality. See, MSNBC, April 8:

Trump pushed his DHS chief to take steps 'that were clearly illegal'

The NY Times article quoted in the above MSNBC report states:

"The president berated Ms. Nielsen repeatedly, calling her at home early in the mornings to demand that she take action to stop migrants from entering the country, including foing things that were clearly illegal, like blocking all migrants from seeking asylum. She repeatedly noted the limitations imposed on her department by federal laws, court settlements and international obligations.

Those responses only infuriated Mr. Trump further."


But this is not all. The Washington Post also reported on April 16 that the House Judiciary Committee was investigating allegations that Trump asked former acting DHS Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan to violate the asylum laws by blocking asylum seekers from entering the US - and that Trump promised to pardon him if he faced any legal difficulties as a result.

See:

House panel opens probe into allegations Trump told immigration official to break the law and promised a pardon

The same report quotes the two leading Democrats on this committee, Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Steve Cohen (D-TN), subcommittee chairman on constitutional matters, as issuing the following statement:

"These allegations, if true, would represent a grave breach of duties of the president...Congress has an independent duty to provide oversight of the administration of government by the executive branch."


To put it more plainly, Donald Trump is not allowed to set himself up as an immigration dictator.

If this is not an impeachable offense, what is? The same House committee, headed by Representative Jerrold Nadler, also has the authority to conduct impeachment investigations.

Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Nadler, what are you waiting for?



Roger Algase
Attorney at Law