Update, September 10, 12:05 pm:

As the 2020 election draws closer, we can expect eve more assaults on the Human Rights of immigrants and the foundation's of America's democracy from the Trump administration. See, Greg Sargent, Washington Post, September 10:


As Trump dials up the hate, a new poll shows he's in trouble

My earlier comment follows below:

Beginning with Trump's infamous
and later abandoned child separation policy last year, and continuing with more recent reports of horrific conditions in both children's and adult immigrant detention centers approaching concentration camp conditions, as well as an overall attempt by Trump and Miller to swing America's entire legal immigration system in an authoritarian, white supremacist direction through inflated Public Charge rules, a proposed total ban on refugee admissions and threats to the independence of both the immigration courts and USCIS, there has been a natural and understandable tendency to point out that America is not alone in having human rights concerns. Some other countries very arguably, have even worse problems.

But is that an excuse for Trump and Miller's trampling on immigrant human rights, such as, to give another example, its totalitarian attempt to extinguish the rights of asylum seekers which a California federal judge has once again just struck struck down?

Sew,Washington Post,September 9:

Judge reimposes nationwide injunction against Trump's asylum rules

Ever since the United Nations adopted it Universal Declaration of Human Rightsmore than 70 years ago, the rights of asylum seekers and refugees have been recognized as one of the most fundamental of all human rights.

The Trump-Miller regime has mounted a savage attack on the rights of Central American and other non-European asylum applicants in every way possible, forcing them to remain in dangerous and unhealthy camps in Mexico, or else locking them up in US jails which have been criticized by observers, including the United Nations as approaching concentration camp conditions in many respects.

The Trump-Miller regime now threatens to ban legal refugees from coming to the US entirely. This would take America back to the dark days when Jewish refugees seeking to escape the concentration camps and gas chambers of Europe were barred from the United States.


Certainly America is not alone in having Human Rights concerns. There has been some recent focus on India, for example.

According to the 2018 report of Human Rights Watch, there have been multiple Human Rights problems in that country - government harassment of lawyers and other activists, suppression of free speech, failure to prevent mob attacks on religious minorities and even allegations of torture and extra-judicial killings. See:

https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/india

But look at that same agency's 2018 report for the United States:


"Rights of Non-Citizens:

More than 2,500 families were forcibly separated at the US border as the Trump administration targeted parents traveling with children for criminal prosecution. As part of this policy, children with disabilities were separated from their families, including, in one case, a 10-year -old girl with Downs Syndrome...

Mental health professionals warned that separation was very likely to cause trauma, both immediate and long lasting."


https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/united-states

That was from last year's report. What will the same organization's report for 2019 look like, as Trump and Miller move ahead with indefinite detention for immigration children and their families in conditions that are so horrible that the administration actually went to court to try to uphold its inhuman policy of depriving children of toothbrushes, soap and places to sleep, and mothers of clean milk bottles for their babies? (Trump lost, of course.)

To get a foretaste of what the Human Rights Watch report for 2019 may look like, go to"

https://www.hrw.org/united-states/immigration

and look at the headlines.


Yes, there certainly are other countries that have worse human rights problems than the United States does. India may arguably be one of them. Russia, Saudi Arabia and North Korea, all countries that Trump has made friendly approached to (to put it mildly) definitely are on that list.

But does that in any way excuse Trump and Miller from violating the fundamental Human Rights of immigrants in the United States (and trying to intimidate their US citizen supporters, as in the case of threatening to "Send Back" US citizen Congressional Representatives who have spoken out against these abuses)?

No one would seriously argue that Human Rights abuses in other countries excuse or justify those of the United States administration.



Roger Algase
Attorney at Law