Update: February 5 at 2:29 pm:

With regard to Trump's abysmal action in giving the presidential Medal of Freedom to Rush Limbaugh, who accuses Central American and other nonwhite immigrants, including legal ones, of "invading" and "flooding" the United States, see Jennifer Rubin in the February 5 Washington Post:


What's next - giving the Presidential Medal of Freedom to David Duke?

My earlier comment follows:


This comment has been revised as of February 5 at 9:33 am.

In his February 4 State of the Union speech, Donald Trump launched a tirade of hate against Central American and other nonwhite immigrants in which he repeated the same theme of demonizing them as violent criminals, human traffickers and drug dealers which was the center of his 2016 election bid.


For the full text of his speech (including the immigration-related portions on pages 10 and 11) see:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/full-text-of-president-trumps-state-of-the-union-speech-11580873281

Trump also gave the Medal of Freedom to Rush Limbaugh, who has consistently labeled nonwhite immigrants as "invaders", a term of hate which the El Paso mass shooter also used when he gunned down 22 Latino victims last August.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/11/business/media/el-paso-killer-conservative-media.html

In addition, Trump touted his so-called "Merit-based" immigration agenda, which in reality is meant to eliminate most non-European legal immigration. In Trump's words (or very possibly, those of Stephen Miller, Trump's top immigration adviser and speech-writer, whose trove of nearly 1,000 openly white supremacist anti-immigrant emails has recently been released):

"To build on these historic gains [of arresting criminal immigrants], we are working on legislation to replace our outdated and randomized immigration system with one based on merit, welcoming those who follow the rules, contribute to our economy, support themselves financially and uphold our values."

Almost every word in the above sentence is false, as H-1B petition beneficiaries, who are the epitome of "Merit-based" immigration and who are following the complex and daunting rules relating to specialty occupations, wage levels and educational requirements faithfully, are finding out in the current climate of sky-high RFE and denial rates.

And this is only one example of the Trump administration's massive assault on legal immigration from outside Europe, not only in the skilled and professional area, but also relating to family-sponsored and Diversity green cards.

Most recently , Trump and Miller have also extended the Public Charge rules and Muslim Visa Ban beyond all previous recognition. This is how the Trump administration is "welcoming" legal immigrants who "follow the rules".



Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
Harvard Law School LL.B
Harvard College A.B.