Update, August 8, 5:30 am:

While Trump has drawn intense criticism in both parties for his ongoing attacks against various minority immigrant communities, including people who are living legally and peacefully in the United States as in the case of the Somali immigrants discussed below, he is not without his supporters.

The Hill reports on August 7 that Rocky Suhayda, Chairman of the American Nazi Party, has announced that a Trump victory would be "a real opportunity" for white nationalists by helping to build pro-white coalitions.

The same report also mentions that former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has endorsed Trump and is "100 per cent" behind his agenda. See:


The above does not mean to suggest that Trump has sought out or accepted the support of these groups or other similar hate groups. He has not. But Trump's attacks against Latinos, Muslims and other non-white immigrants and US citizens alike clearly resonate with certain white supremacist groups and are perceived by them to be consistent with their own agenda for America.

Update, August 7, 11:35 pm:

Frank Lavin, who served as Ronald Reagan's White House Political Director from 1987 to 1989, has issued a statement on CNN (August 7) explaining why he cannot support Trump for president and intends to vote for Hillary Clinton. Here is an excerpt:

"Trump falls short in terms of the character and behavior needed to perform as president. This defect is crippling and ensures he would fail in office. Trump is a bigot, a bully and devoid of grace or magnanimity. His thin-skinned belligerence toward every challenge, rebuke or criticism would promise the nation a series of high-voltage quarrels."


These are harsh words, but nowhere does Trump lend more credence and justification to them than in his continuing assaults on minority immigrants, including those who are living in the United States legally and peacefully; and his use of racial slurs and degrading stereotypes against the people of an entire nation which happens to be one of America's strongest and most important allies anywhere in the world.

See my original post below.

Donald Trump, who infamously began his presidential campaign by attacking Mexican immigrants in general (not just illegal ones) as bringing drugs and crime to the US and being "rapists" in his June 16, 2015 announcement; and who painted a dark, fear-filled image of an America threatened by "uncontrolled" immigration, an obvious attack on immigration from Muslim and other non-white countries, in his July 21, 2016 acceptance speech (see my recent discussions of and quotes from both these speeches on ilw.com), is now drawing bipartisan criticism for attacking another group of non-white immigrants - legal ones from Somalia.

See: The Hill: GOP Senator rips Trump over 'unhelpful' remarks about Somali immigrants (August 6)



According to the above report and a Boston Globe article which the report contains a link to, Trump made the following comments about Somali refugees who are in the US at a rally in Portland, Maine. Several thousand Somali refugees have settled in that state and are living there legally and peacefully. Here are Trump's quoted words:

"...we've just seen many many crimes getting worse all the time, and as Maine knows - a major destination for Somali refugees - right, am I right?

Well, they're talking about it...Maine. Somali refugees. We admit hundreds of thousands - you admit, into Maine and to other places in the United States -hundreds of thousands of refugees."

And that's not all. The same Boston Globe article (which can be accessed through the link in the above story in The Hill) also quotes Trump as follows, speaking at the same Portland rally:

"You see it happening. You read about it...You see it, and you can be smart, and you can be cunning and tough, or you can be very, very dumb and not want to see what's going on, folks."

Once again, Trump's statements are on a collision course with the truth. Pew Research puts the total number of refugees from everywhere in the world who entered the US in the seven months between October 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016 at approximately 33,000, an average of 4,700 per month or 56,400 per year.

Yes, over a decade, admitting refugees from the entire world at this rate would amount to a half million or so every 10 years, but does this mean that America is admitting "hundreds of thousands" of refugees now?

Is this not another example of Donald Trump's use of the Big Lie, to stir up hatred and fear, just as dictators and demagogues have done the world over throughout history?

And how many of these estimated 56,000 worldwide refugees per year are from Somalia?

Pew puts the seven-month admissions total for Somalia at 6,780, equal to less than 1,000 per month. And this figure isn't just for Maine - it is for the entire United States.

And how many of these refugees live in Maine? The above Boston Globe article states that 4,000 Somalis live in Portland, Maine's largest city. How does this equal a huge influx of Somali refugees that Trump is implying are coming into the US as a whole and Maine in particular?

As usual, in his attacks on immigrants, on the disabled, on war veterans and on the grieving parents of a Muslim-American war hero who was killed while defending his country in Iraq, Trump swoops down on his most vulnerable, the most defenseless victims, the ones who are least able to defend themselves and stand up for their rights.

The Pew Research report is at:


My forthcoming post will discuss some of the reactions to Trump's attempt to fan the flames of hatred against Somali refugees.

Incredibly, Trump, in keeping with comments in which he has reportedly mocked Asian accents, has also launched an unforgivable and utterly irresponsible slur again the entire population of Japan.

As almost everyone in America except Donald trump seems to comprehend, Japan is one of America's staunchest and most reliable allies anywhere in the world. Japan is now facing a very serious and extrmely dangerous possible nuclear missile threat from North Korea, whose dictator, Kim Jong Un, Trump has, also incredibly, had at least a few kind words for.


Huffington Post: Trump: If The US Is Attacked, Japan Can Sit Home and Watch SONY Television (August 6)



New York Post: Trump praises Kim Jong Un's murderous ascent to power (January 10, 2016)


This raises the question: Is Donald Trump really running to be president of all the American people, with the acceptance and welcoming attitude for ethnic and religious diversity which makes us the greatest country on earth, or is he representing only a specific part of the electorate who would like to turn the clock back to the days when only people whom Trump supporter David Duke likes to call "European-Americans" were welcome in this country?
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 skilled and professional immigrants from Japan, South Korea, South Asia, Europe and other parts of the world obtain work visas and green cards. Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com