Update, July 22, 7:36 pm:

In an irony that underscores how Trump's agenda of anti-immigrant racism recalls some of the worst examples of racism in America's entire history, it has now been reported that the Trump administration is planning to incarcerate 1,400 immigrant children at a military base at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma which was used as an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during WW2. See writer and law professor Mari Matsuda's article in USA Today (July 11):

Trump plan to incarcerate migrant children at Ft. Sill again shows worst of America

Ms. Matsuda, whose father was interned at a different camp in 1942, writes:

"We now acknowledge that World War II's incarceration was driven by racial hatred. It was a failure of democracy that this nation came to regret."

How long will it be before America wakes up to the fact that the Trump-Miller white supremacist immigration agenda is driven by the same kind of racial (and now also religious) hatred that led to the internment of Japanese-Americans during WW2.

It is not entirely a coincidence that brown immigrant children are now about to be locked up at Ft. Sill more than 75 years after Marie Matsuda's father was interned.

My earlier comment appears below.

One of the favorite arguments of Trump supporters is that his brutal assault on the human rights, and the humanity itself, of immigrants from Central America, Africa, and other places around the world that Trump calls "shithole countries" (i.e. everywhere except for white Europe) is merely a matter of "enforcing the immigration laws".

According to this argument, no matter how cruel and devastating Trump's immigration raids, concentration camp like detention conditions and Muslim ban may be (to name just a few of Trump's savage attacks on both legal and irregular immigration in the name of ("national security" or "national sovereignty"), the only remedy is to ask Congress to change the immigration laws. This hypocritical and meretricious argument is only an attempt to divert attention away from the reality of Trump's immigration agenda, which is based entirely on race, acting only under color of law. as a pretext (Pun is entirely intended.)

There is no immigration or other law saying that duly elected Congressional Representatives who do not happen to be white should leave he United States because they criticized the president's immigration policies and called attention to the horrible conditions in his detention camps.

There is no immigration or other law saying that the administration is required to cut refugee admission to zero, as Trump's archenemy of nonwhite immigration, Stephen Miller, is now reportedly proposing to do.

There is no immigration or other law that requires the Trump regime to separate brown immigrant children from their families, lock them in cages, or deny them the most elementary needs such as education, recreation decent food, proper medical attention, or even toothbrushes.

There is no immigration or other law that requires the president to ban 200 million Muslims from even applying for visas to enter the US merely because of their religion.

Nor is there any immigration or other law that requires the administration to place insurmountable obstacles in the way of nonwhite immigrants applying for legal visas and green cards, such as distorted "Public Charge" regulations, meritless RFE's issued solely for the purpose of delay or denial and other similar strategies.

This is not "enforcing the law." It is instead what the great Roman poet Lucan
(Marcus Annaeus Lucanus)referred to 2,000 years ago(before the emperor Nero forced him tocommit suicide at the young age of 25 in 65 A.D.) when he wrote:

iusque datum sceleri canimus ("I sing of bestowing legality on infamy.")


As if there were any doubt, Trump's latest statements, actions and proposals show beyond any serious doubt that his immigration agenda is based on race, not on law.

First, there is the matter of Trump's utterly indefensible, openly racist attacks on Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), Ilhan Omar and two other non-white Representatives, only one of whom was born outside the US, to "Go back home" because they dared to speak out against his immigration agenda, including the dreadful conditions in Trump;s immigrant detention camps: See three artiicles in the Washington Post:

In Trump's vision of a white America, immigrants should be grateful and servile

also:

The long,ugly history of insisting minority grouls can't criticize America

and

Why 'send her back' is even worse than 'lock her up'

In the second of the above three articles, the George Washington University history professor Tyler Alexander writes:

"The racist and nativist themes Trump and some of his supporters have taken up since he tweeted about the four women on Sunday have a long history in American political discourse. The idea that immigrants and their offspring should either accept America as it is or :go home" echoes attacks made against other groups a century ago, Immigrants, especially those not seen as white, have long been subject to claims that they're not entitled to the same rights and freedoms as other Americans."

Meanwhile reports of the appalling and inhuman conditions in Trump's ICE and CBP detention centers continue to surface, See, POLITICO, July 21

Migrant mental health crisis spirals in ICE detention facilities

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/21/immigrant-heath-detention-border-camps-1124114

This article includes the horrifying reports that a one immigrant detention center in California last year, some detainees were making nooses to try to hang themselves in desperation.

But while making racist attacks on duly elected Congresswomen while telling them to leave the county, and keeping immigrants detained under inhuman conditions to the point where they want to lake their own lives are not exactly in keeping with the values and spirit of America that all of us were brought up to hold dear, the most un-American proposal of all to come out of Trump's White House is Stephen Miller's push to ban all refugees from coming to the US legally. See: ThinkProgress, July 19:

The Trump administration wants the US to admit zero refugees next year

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-adminsitration-uscis-admit-zero-refugees-next-year-asylum-498c3b2aea41/

That America, a nation that was founded on and owes its very existence to the principle of offering refuge to the persecuted and the oppressed, would even imagine closing its gates entirely to refugees, who all come to the US legally (unlike many asylum seekers), is an outrage almost beyond comprehension.

The Trump-Miller administration, in pursuit of its evident goal of cutting off all nonwhite immigration, is not only advocating banishing four nonwhite Congresswomen who dare to speak out against Trump's anti-immigrant racism and human rights violations, but it is now proposing to send the very principles of decency and humanity that America stands for "Back Home".


Shouldn't Donald Trump's agenda of making race the basis of all his immigration policies and actions, in direct violation of the equal protection guarantee of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, be high on the list of Articles of Impeachment against him?

That is, if the House Democratic leadership can ever find the courage to move ahead with its obligation to protect the legal and human rights, not only to this nation's immigrant communities, but of the American people.



Roger Algase
Attorney at Law