Update, May 17, 2:35 pm

The Guardian
reports on May 16 that far right Hindu nationalists in India are offering prayers to Donald Trump as the "Savior of Mankind" because of Trump's anti-Muslim attacks, while neo-fascist parties in Europe are also drawing inspiration from him. See, Amana Fontanella-Khan:

How Donald Trump emboldens bigots across the world


Update, May 16, 11:25 am:

AP reports on May 16 that Iran is arresting and jailing models who pose online without headscarves. See:

Iran cracks down on models posing without headscarves online

(Sorry, I do not have a link. Please go to Google.)

America should ask itself whether the best response to this show of hate and intolerance by officials of the Islamic Republic would be for America to become more like Iran by showing similar hate and intolerance toward people who do wear headscarves by banning them from admission to the US purely on the basis of their religion, as one of our major party presidential candidates is proposing to do.

My original post follows:

Any thoughts that Donald Trump's impending nomination might produce a "kinder, gentler" presidential candidate, as I suggested in a post last week about Trump's possibly "mellowing" on immigration policy issues, can be put to rest.

Recent media stories show that Trump's campaign continues to be fueled by attacks against Mexican and Muslim immigrants, and not without a dose of anti-Jewish hatred coming from some of his supporters.

A May 13 Washington Post article details Trump's latest, utterly false, charge that there has been an increase in crime by "illegal" immigrants, most of whom are Mexicans. See:

Donald Trump's unsupported claim that crime is 'through the roof' because of illegal immigration

(Sorry, I do not have a link. Please go to Google or to The Post's website.)

Trump's charge is contradicted by the fact, as pointed out in the above article, that illegal immigration rates at the Southern border in 2015 were at their lowest level since 1972, except for 2011.

The same article, citing relevant crime statistics, also states:

"The vast majority of unauthorized immigrants do not fit Trump's description of aggravated felons, whose crimes include murder."

The Hill
also reports (on May 15), that Trump has launched another scare attack against Syrian refugees, very few of whom have actually been admitted to the US, even in relation to the Obama administration's tiny goal of 10,000. This is compared to 25,000 already admitted to Canada, a much smaller country, and a million Syrian and other mainly Muslim refugees in Germany alone.

For details about Trump's latest attempt to stir up fear and hatred against Syrian refugees, and by extension against all Muslim immigrants, see:

Trump predicts refugees will plan next 9/11.


Whether continuing to base his campaign on fear and hatred against Latino, Muslim and other minority immigrants in an increasingly diverse America in which white voters continue to shrink as a share of the electorate, and where 87 percent of Latino voters view Trump unfavorably, makes any sense for his campaign, is beyond the scope of these comments. Interested readers can explore this question further in the following article, also in The Hill:


Finally, as a reminder that a campaign which is more openly based on racial or religious prejudice than any other since Richard Nixon's notorious 1970's "Southern Strategy", even including George H.W. Bush's infamous "Willy Horton" ads in 1988, may not necessarily spare members or descendants of older, previously persecuted but now well established immigrant groups from its venom, Huffington Post reports that the pro-Trump site, breitbart.com, has called one of Trump's strongest critics on the right, William Kristol, editor of the conservative Weekly Standard, a "Renegade Jew". See:


If the above is any indication, America may look forward to increasing, not diminishing, hysteria and xenophobia directed against members of minority immigrant groups, past and present, coming from Donald Trump and his supporters as November draws closer.
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 ben helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants obtain work visas and green cards. Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com