In a September 24 tweetstorm, Trump complained that Nancy Pelosi's impeachment investigation announcement of the same day (with its hesitant platitude-filled tone that had little of the forcefulness one would have expected in such a momentous occasion and failed to make any reference at all to immigration) distracted attention from "Such an important day at the United Nations".

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/462581/

By that phrase, Trump was obviously referring to his September 24 UN speech.

Trump was right. this was an important speech, and it very arguably should have received more media attention than it did, In this speech, which was obviously written by Stephen Miller, Trump laid bare the fascist ideology which is at the foundation of is entire immigration agenda - with regard to both legal and illegal immigration.

For a full report on the UN speech, see: The Guardian, September 24:

https://thequardian.com/us-news/2019/sep/24/trump-speech-at-un-1507923

and POLITICO (September 24)

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/24/trump-speech-at-un-1507923

There was also a noteworthy contrast in his speech which should be of great interest to immigration advocates because it highlights the very special emphasis that Trump (and Miller) place on their anti-immigrant agenda. When Trump was not talking about immigration, there were points in the speech that every American of good will could and should enthusiastically support.

For example, Trump praised the pro-democracy, anti-Chinese government protesters in Hong Kong. He also denounced discrimination against LGBT people and called on all nations to decriminalize their conduct - even at the risk of antagonizing important parts of his own base.

Trump also stated that the US regards other nations as partners, not adversaries.

But when the president talked about immigration, the good will and respect for democratic norms and human rights quickly disappeared, to be replaces by the language of hatred and a "Blood and Soil" (Blut und Boden) ideology which harks back to the darkest days of 20th century fascist history.

First, there was the familiar white nationalist rant full of hate-mongering and dehumanizing of nonwhite immigrants as criminals which has been at the heart of Trump's rhetoric and actions from the first day in June 2015 that he began his campaign by vilifying Mexican immigrants as "criminals" and "rapists""

""To anyone conducting [sic] crossing of our border illegally, please hear these words. Do not pay the coyotes. Do not pay the smugglers...Because if you make it here, you will not be allowed in...We will enforce our laws and protect our borders."

The pernicious myth that Trump is "only enforcing the immigration laws" by locking immigrant children in cages, denying them basic necessities of life such as soap, toothbrushes and places to sleep, traumatizing them for life by separating them from their parents and, most recently, going to court to ask for permission to detain immigrant families indefinitely.- to mention only a few of the massive human rights abuses that Trump is engaging in under color (no pun intended!) of "enforcing the law" is given the lie by the massive attempt that his administration is making to unravel, destroy and abolish more than a half century of laws upholding equal rights and banning racial discrimination in legal immigration

See my September 21 Immigration Daily comment for more details.


And most important of all in Trump's speech, he made clear that legal immigrants are not welcome in America either - unless they are white:

"The free world must embrace its national foundations. It must not attempt to erase them. or replace them...The true good of the nation can only be pursued by those who love it, by citizens who are rooted in its history, who are nourished by its culture, committed to its values, attached to [its] people."


The obvious meaning of this statement, with all its disturbing echoes of nationalist rhetoric that became familiar in Central Europe during the first half of the 20th century, is that America should not allow immigrants of color to "replace" its native-born white population.

And this is not just white nationalist rhetoric. It describes and summarizes the entire Trump-Miller immigration agenda.



Roger Algase
Attorney at Law