Update, May 18, 4:48 pm

My following thoughts about what might happen in a Donald Trump presidency, as set forth in a fictitious news headline dated the day after this fall's presidential election, may seem totally impossible to some readers.

This is based on the theory that Donald Trump may be bad for the future of immigration in America, but he can't possibly be all that bad, and that, anyway, we will have the Constitution and Congress to rein him in if he goes too far. Besides, some people also argue, we will never have to deal with the prospect of a Trump presidency, because Hillary Clinton will beat him anyway.

I am not in the business of predicting election results. But anyone who cares about the future of immigration, and beyond that, democracy in America, has to look at Trump's policy statements to date on immigration and related issues affecting our democratic system carefully, and consider seriously where they could lead.

As Cicero said some 2,000 years ago:

Multi cives aut ea pericula quae imminent non vident, aut ea quae vident neglegunt.

My translation is:

"Many citizens either fail to see imminent danger, or having seen it, fail to take action."

Cicero, one of the greatest lawyers and writers ever known to Western civilization, witnessed and spoke out against the rise of one of history's most famous dictators, or would be dictators. Could he have also been looking ahead to our own time?

My original post follows.

Will the following be the headline of the day on November 9?

"President-Elect Donald Trump Announces Ban On All Immigration As Soon As He Is Inaugurated"

And will this be the accompanying news story?

"Donald Trump, who won a landslide election victory against Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, winning every state except Hawaii (with California still too close to call), has announced that his first action on taking office as America's 45th president will be to issue an executive order banning all further immigration to the United States, including visitors, from the entire world.

The ban will continue at least until every single last one of the estimated 12 million "illegal aliens" who are now in the United States has been deported. At that time, Trump said, he will review the ban to see if any blanket exceptions can be made.

Waivers will also be available to selected individuals who will be allowed into the US on a case by case basis, with preference given to individuals from countries which share a common "history and culture" with the US. Later, a spokesperson for the Trump transition team refused to say which countries were indicated, stating that "Mr. Trump can speak for himself."

After his stunning victory over an opponent who turned out to be the weakest Democratic presidential candidate since George McGovern and Michael Dukakis, and who was never able to decide on a line of attack against Trump but spent the entire campaign waiting for the results of various focus groups, Trump said that it was now time to "take America back" to its "real identity and origins", so that "we would have a country again".

In order to do this, Trump added, it would also be necessary to review the immigration and citizenship status of every immigrant who had come to the US in the past 20 years, and their "anchor baby" descendants, with a view to revoking green cards and US citizenship of every such person whose presence in the US was not in America's best interests.

His spokesperson also refused to clarify that statement. The President-Elect also pledged to initiate steps to repeal or overturn the 14th Amendment's guarantee of birthright citizenship for all US born children, as well as to repeal or suspend the Constitutional two-term limit for holding the office of president.

'Our country's traditions and values have been distorted for the past fifty years by a 1965 law which has resulted in uncontrolled immigration from all over the world, and it will take me a long time to fix that' Trump said. 'Two terms as president will not be enough'.

Trump warned that since his immigration actions were critically important for not only America's security, but its 'identity', any elected official or private person who tried to oppose them would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and that a series of executive orders would be issued to effectuate this policy as soon as he moved into the White House."
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 parts of the world obtain work visas and green cards. Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com