What is it that really makes America great? Is it closing borders, building walls, carrying out mass deportation and banning all members of a major world religion from entering the United States? Or is it America's diversity, its tradition of equal opportunity for all as a nation of immigrants?

Vinita Gupta, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and the first Indian-American woman to take her company public, writes an eloquent defense of immigration as the engine for America's greatness in a May 24 Huffington Post article:

Dear Donald Trump immigrants Like Me Make America Great



She states:

Silicon Valley is a place where boundaries of race, color, traditions, religions, melt, and the multiplicity of cultures strengthens the fabric which has fueled America's economic engine of innovation. it goes against the grain of Siliconers, with the upcoming presidential primaries in California, when Donald Trump declares he 'will make America great by building walls, by keeping Muslims out, and by bringing jobs back to America through reduced work visas.'"

The article continues with Gupta's own story as an immigrant and an entrepreneur contributing to America's innovation and prosperity. Would keeping immigrants like her out of this country really be the way to make America great?

We should not forget that Trump is not only in favor of draconian immigration enforcement, but he has also promised to eliminate H-1B visas and Labor Certification green cards, thereby banning America's most skilled and highly education immigrants from our shores, not only "terrorists", "criminals" and "rapists".

What assurance is there that Trump, whose presidential hopes depend in large part on attracting nativist and xenophobic votes, would not declare a total moratorium on immigration by executive order on his first day in office? This would most likely be only "temporary", of course - until Trump figures out "what the hell is going on" with immigration - at the end of his term or terms as president.
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 obtain work permits and green cards.

Roger's practice is concentrated in H-1B specialty worker and O-1 extraordinary ability visas, and in green cards through labor certification or through opposite sex or same sex marriage. His email address is algaselex@gmail.com