Dave Inder Comar, an attorney and executive executive director of Just Atonement Inc, a non-profit human rights law firm, argues convincingly in a January 4 Common Dreams article, that Trump's assassination of high rankng Iranian General Soleimani, which the president carried out entirely on his own, without any consultation with Congress, was a violation of international law and of human rights law

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/01/04/united-states-assassination-iranian-military-leader-violates-international-law

Because Congress, which has sole power to declare war under the Constitution, was left out of the picture entirely, and was notified only by one of Trump's tweets, Trump's act of aggression in killing Soleimani was also very arguably an act of dictatorship.

Trump's subsequent threat to bomb Iranian cultural heritage sites would also very arguably constitute a war crime if carried out.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/1/6/21047720/trump-iran-war-cultural-sites

As the above January 6 Vox article puts it:

"The president seems to believe...that concerns about human rights and international law are pointless constraints on American power."

20th Century history teaches us that that is the way that all dictators think, in every part of the world.

But what does any of this have to do with immigration? The answer is that it has everything to do with immigration.

Donald Trump's dehumanization of the Iranian people, as well of those of other targeted Muslim nations began almost immediately upon his taking office with his first Muslim Ban executive order (misleading called a "travel ban" - it was not a ban against" travel", but against people - who were stigmatized as inferior and dangerous because of their nationality and religion, just as Jewish and other non-"Nordic" immigrants had been in 1924).

When the Muslim Ban case came before the Supreme Court in 2018, opponents of the Ban argued that it was, in effect, bringing back the notorious 1944 Supreme Court Korematsu decision upholding the internment of Japanese-American US citizens.

Justice Roberts, writing for the majority in Trump v. Hawaii, rejected this argument, writing:

"The forcible relocation of U.S. citizens to concentration camps, solely on the basis of race, is objectively unlawful and outside the scope of presidential authority."

Butwhile Roberts attempted to distinguish Trump's Muslim Ban from Korematsu, Trump's aggression and threats to commit a war crime against Iran show the same contempt and disregard for the basic humanity and human rights of its people that his Muslim ban order did, and that Korematsu showed for the humanity and human rights of Japanese Americans.

And Trump's Muslim ban-induced aggression against the Iranian people is also having consequences against the legal an human rights of Iranian -American US citizens. The New York Times reports on January 5 that CBP stopped dozens of Iranian-American US citizens at a Blaine, Washington border check point for questioning about their political views and held some of them for hours before letting them back into the United States.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/05/us/politics/iranian-americans-border.html


We are now beginning to find out exactly how dangerous Trump's Muslim Ban order, as well as the rest of his authoritarian white nationalist anti-immigrant agenda, are for America's democracy as well as for international and human rights law, including the prevention of war crimes, and for world peace.


Roger Algase
Attorney at Law