It's not only about Muslims. A group of fifty U.S. Christian church leaders, spanning many different denominations, and quoting the 20th Century anti-Nazi German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who said:

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil."

has issued a statement condemning Donald Trump's attacks on Mexicans, Muslims and other immigrants in the strongest possible terms. See Huffington Post, April 29, Christians called to resist Trump's bigotry

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-wa...b_9809222.html

The Huffpost article, by Jim Wallis, a Christian leader, includes the following comment:

"Racial tensions have indeed ungirded this campaign season, with Trump and other candidates launching attacks on Mexicans and other immigrants, calling to refuse admission to all Muslims entering the country , and other instances of intolerance...

There are far too many examples of Trump statements that single out people based on race, religion or gender. The statement says, 'Inflammatory messages of racial, religious and nationalist bigotry compel confessional resistance from faithful Christians..."

The same statement continues:

"Donald Trump is exploiting the legitimate economic grievances of marginalized white Americans with false and ugly racial blame."

​It also says:

"Donald Trump's message and the way he communicates it is the antithesis of Christian values, and it is time for faith leaders to say so. The media concerns itself with its own ratings and the political polling on the messages of Donald Trump, but faith leaders should focus on the morality of his message.

The demographics of the United States are changing. Soon, this country will no longer be a white-majority nation, but a majority of minorities...But Donald Trump has pitted himself against the more diverse America that we are becoming. He defends the status quo of white majority power and privilege...As Christian leaders, we reject these ugly racial and sexist attacks on our brothers and sisters...

His divisive rhetoric, laced with racist, bigoted and hateful attitudes and wrapped in nationalistic xenophobia, is being enthusiastically embraced by millions - including many self-identified Christians who are allowing their racial identity to trump their faith...

Trump's...vicious attacks against Mexicans and inflaming the fear of immigrants more broadly, his claims that most Muslims hate America and his call to 'ban' them from our country, his advocacy of torture and the killing of terrorists' families and children, are all of deep concern to many of us as religious leaders..."

The Christian leaders' statement continues:

"Reports of the bullying of Hispanic and Muslim children on school playgrounds indicate the danger in the culture of such messaging. Therefore, it is time for both Republicans and Democrats of moral conscience to speak out against this message. The rise of open bigotry and effective demagoguery requires more than a political response - rather, it demands a moral, and even religious declaration of opposition and theological resistance."

The full statement, which also points to "...the politics of race and violence " which "have been used repeatedly against people of color in our history" and the "exploitation of racial minorities" by both political parties as creating "fertile ground for the rise of a leader like Donald Trump, can be accessed at:

http://calltoresist.org

The above religious leaders' statement also raises another question. As lawyers, do we not also have a responsibility for taking positions concerning the morality of the laws we are called upon to interpret and give advice about?

Can we stand by, any more than religious leaders can stand by, in silence, while our elected officials, or any one seeking election to high office, advocates using our immigration laws as instruments of racial or religious bigotry and oppression against minorities?

And, above all, does the legal profession not have an overriding obligation to warn and take action against attempts to use police state "immigration enforcement" methods, such as Obama's already existing "immigrant detention center" concentration camps or Trump's proposed mass deportation "Task Force", which would be more appropriate in Russia, China or North Korea, to destroy democracy for everyone in the United States, immigrants and U.S. citizens alike?
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Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, he has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from many different ethnic and religious backgrounds obtain work visas and green cards. Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com