Updated, June 22 at 5:15 pm:

Faced with signs that his plan for mass deportation raids by ICE on Sunday, June 23 against up to 2,000 (all nonwhite, it is fair to assume) families across America could cause the same national outrage that forced him to abandon his child separation form of state terror against immigrants last June, Trump has, at least temporarily called off this Gestapo-like activity, according to the Washington Post and other media reports.


See, June 22:

Trump says he will put deportation efforts on hold temporarily

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Based on the above and other similar new stories, at least one move in America's rush toward fascism in the Donald Trump era of persecution of nonwhite immigrants has been put on hold - for now.


My previous comments appears below:

In my June 19 Immigration Daily comment I discussed two signs that Donald Trump's persecution of nonwhite immigrants is leading America inevitably toward fascism: holding immigrants in concentration camp - like conditions, if not actual concentration camps; and carrying out mass deportation against millions of immigrants, Trump promised to do at his Orlando 2020 reelection campaign kickoff rally.

But those are not the only signs that Trump's anti-immigrant agenda is heading America in the direction of fascism. At that same Orlando rally, at which Trump continued to demonize and express hatred against brown immigrants as one of his central themes, members of a right wing violent extremist group known as the "Proud Boys" were also present, even though largely ignored by the mainstream media, as journalist Cristina Lopez writes in Media Matters.

See:June 20:

Legacy media ignored Proud Boys presence at Trump's rally

https://mediamatters.org/blog/2019/06/20/legacy-media-ignored-proud-boys-presence-trump-s-rally/223987

This is not the only far right or white supremacist violent group that has been associated with Trump's anti-immigrant agenda, as Chauncey DeVega writes in his Salon April 24 article:

Right-wing border militias are the shock troops of Donald Trump's authoritarian movement

https://www.salon.com/2019/04/24/right-wing-border-militias-are-the-shock-troops-of-donald-trumps-authoritarian-movement

DeVega describes how Trump's agenda encourages violence against non-white immigrants:

"In shamelessly and boldly combining racism with public policy, Donald Trump's regime is expanding its concentration cams for Latinos, Hispanics and other non-white immigrants, migrants and refugees. Trump and his minions are changing America's immigration laws to maintain a white majority and to make it increasingly difficult for nonwhites to immigrate to the United States."

Here, DeVega is obviously referring not only to the Trump/Miller actions against "illegal" immigrants and asylum-seekers, but also to their administration's many actions to reduce or eliminate nonwhite legal immigration - the onslaught of hostile, adversarial and openly biased RFE's in H-1B and other skilled worker cases, the inflation of the Public Charge exclusion grounds to deny legal visas and green cards far beyond anything that could reasonably have been intended by Congress; the attempts to end DACA and TPS, as well as most family and all diversity based visas. the latest attempt to intimidate financial sponsors of legal immigrants - the list goes on and on.

This to not to mention Trump's ongoing purge of top DHS officials, to replace them with henchmen who will be "tougher on immigration". This includes but is not limited to the devastating appointment of his new USCIS chief, Ken Cuccinelli, whose appalling record of bigoted anti immigrant statements I have written about previously.

DeVega also discusses how Trump's references to nonwhite immigrants as "invaders" and "criminals" encourages violence against them by right wing militia groups.

To anyone familiar with the development of fascism in 20th century Europe (and to right wing anti-immigrant extremist movements there now) this should be an extremely dangerous sign of where America is heading under Donald Trump.

But the danger of fascism in America does not only come from private militia groups - it is built into Trump's own anti-immigrant rhetoric.

As Washington Post reporter and Oxford University Rhodes Scholar Isaac Stanley-Becker explains in the April 8 National Post, Trump's claim in a speech before a Jewish Republican group that "Our Country is Full" is an ominous and extremely troubling throwback to the history of fascism in Europe.
See:

https://nationalpost.com.news/world/our-country-is-full-trumps-declaration-carries-far-right-echoes-that-go-back-to-the-nazi-era

I will examine the dark history and dangerous implications of Trump's "Our Country is Full" slogan in more detail in my next comment on this topic.


Roger Algase
Attorney at Law