This is not a political site. It does not, and will not, endorse any specific candidate of president or any other public office. Nor is this site concerned with personalities. It is not interested in the day-to-day back and forth of political combat and insults, or of real or alleged scandals, old or new.

This site is interested in only one thing: the laws, regulations, decisions, programs and policies, past, present or proposed, affecting immigration. Up to now, the basic structure of America's immigration system has been more or less the same for the past fifty years, ever since the immigration reform of 1965 abolished the infamous "national origins" quotas of the 1924 Immigration Act and related laws which effectively barred immigrants from most parts of the world other than Northern Europe.

It has been taken for granted during this time that, at least in principle, immigrants from any part of the world who have the ability to contribute to our society and are willing to abide by our laws will have a fair opportunity to build a life in America and, eventually, to become Americans themselves regardless of race, skin color or religion; and that their American-born children will have the right to US citizenship from birth.

It has also been a fundamental part of America's heritage and values, that diversity and tolerance of difference - of race, religion and opinion have been at the heart of our freedom and our strength.

Now, on the night of Tuesday, May 3, as I write these words, the role of immigration in our society may be about to change. A candidate of one of our two major parties has just effectively won that party's nomination for president, and will now, in all likelihood, be running against a candidate of the other party who is under a serious ongoing criminal investigation and, arguably, has at least some chance of winding up in jail instead of the White House.

Again, this site has no position or interest in the personal or political histories of these two candidates, both of whom are controversial and can arouse passionate likes and dislikes among the public. I am only interested in what a presidency of each candidate would mean for immigration and our democracy, based on their stated proposals.

In the case of one of the candidates, election to the presidency would most likely mean continuation of the status quo for immigration, with all the good and bad that this implies. The same would most likely be the case for our democracy, with all its virtues and imperfections.

The same cannot be said for the other candidate. As will be detailed in future posts, based in this candidate's stated and published proposals - personality or style entirely aside - there could be major changes in immigration if this candidate, who has virtually locked up his party's nomination this evening, becomes president. Our entire immigration system as we know it could disappear. So could many of the most fundamental guarantees of our constitution, which protects the rights of Americans even more than those of immigrants.

One also has to ask this candidate's use of the all too familiar strategy of the Big Lie in his relentless assaults on immigrants and minority immigrant communities could lead to the destruction of our entire democratic system, as happened in Europe during the first half of the 20th century.

See a March 11 article by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich (who, among other things, used to be in charge of the implementing the same foreign worker labor certification system that this candidate, who has an excellent chance of becoming our next president because of the above legal difficulties and other real and perceived weaknesses of his most likely opponent, now wants to abolish).

Details will follow in future posts. For now, it is enough to say that for anyone who cares about immigration in the US, and our constitutional freedoms, this night could turn out to be a very sad one - and not only sad, but dangerous for the future of America and the world.
Roger Algase is a New York 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 parts of the world obtain work visas and green cards.

Roger believes that prejudice and discrimination against immigrants or any other groups of people on the basis of race, religion or national origin put the rights of all Americans at risk and endangers the foundations of our democracy. His email address is