This comment has been revised as of October 14, 5:07 am..

Form the time that the US enacted the first major federal immigration law in 1882 (the infamous Chinese exclusion act, which was based on a US treaty with China) it has been accepted beyond dispute that immigration is a key part of America's foreign policy and that is impossible to separate the two.

This truism has never been more clearly illustrated than in the furor which has arisen, even among some of Trump's strongest Republican supporters on immigration policy, over Trump's sudden, craven decision to abandon America Syrian Kurdish allies to attack and slaughter at the hands of Turkish forces sent by that country's dictator to invade Syria,

As The Guardian explains in its October 13 article:

'We know this would happen', Kurds in Nashville say Trump betrayed them

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/13/kurds-in-nashville-say-trump-betrayed-them

there are two ways in which Trump's appalling abandonment of the Kurds (on the shockingly racist grounds that they did not help America in the WW2 invasion of Normandy - when all troops on both sides were white except for segregated African-American US soldiers) is directly tied up with his bigoted Muslim Ban order.

The first is that the main, indeed the only, justification fr the Muslim Ban was that it was purportedly needed to combat terrorism - especially by ISIS. But, as The Guardian mentions, the Kurdish forces in Syria are America;s main ally against ISIS. It the Kurdish fighters are decimated by Turkey, this would only increase the danger of an ISIS resurgence, and weaken America's safety and security which the Muslim Ban order was ostensibly designed to protect.

This would be additional evidence that protecting America against ISIS or other Islamist extremist terrorism was not the real reason for the Muslim ban, but was only a pretext for Trump's racial and religious bigotry.a the real motivation for the Muslim Ban order - and that the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals was correct in finding that anti-Muslim "animus" was the order's real purpose.

As The Guardian also points out:

"It is unlikely that the latest violence will being another surge in Nashville's Kurdish population. Under new asylum rules, applicants must first try to seek safe haven in a third country. It is nearly impossible for Syrians to get visas under Trump's travel ban and the administration has set the refugee cap at an all time low."

At previous times in our recent history, allies who fought on the side of the United States against tyranny or terror have been welcomed to the United States as refugees - as in the case of hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese who were admitted in the 1970's.

But under Donald Trump's and Stephen Miller's regime, such humanity and respect for human rights is a thing of the past, and the only overriding purpose of Trump's agenda is to keep nonwhite immigrants in every category out of the United States as much as possible and to establish anti-immigrant racism and white supremacy as the Law of the Land in America.



Roger Algase
Attorney at Law