For Immigrant of the Month, I propose Wole Soyinka, the great Nigerian dramatist and writer, who became Africa's first Nobel Prize Winner for Literature in 1986.

Soyinka, who was imprisoned in Nigeria during its civil war, later fled the country, and received a death sentence in absentia, is now a US permanent resident and scholar-in-residence at New York University's Institute of African Affairs.

The Guardian quotes Soyinka as saying the following about Donald Trump, based on Trump's anti-immigrant statements:

"The moment they announce his victory, I will cut my green card myself and start packing up."


While Soyinka actually appears to be mistaken as the specific statement which The Guardian quotes him as attributing to Trump, namely that green card holders would allegedly have to leave the US and re-apply to come back into the US (Trump has said this in relation to unauthorized immigrants, not legal residents); he is still accurate in focusing on Trump's general hostility toward legal as well as illegal immigration.

This was made clear in Trump's August 31 Phoenix address on immigration policy, in which Trump, among other things, called for a reduction in legal immigration back to "historical levels", something which could lead to very significant reductions in immigration from Asia, Latin America and Africa - as many as 30 million fewer immigrants total, according to the Pew Research Center's directer of Hispanic research. See: The Atlantic, September 8:

Trump also referred to decades old immigration laws as "outmoded", which in all likelihood includes the 1965 immigration reform law which opened up immigration quotas to people who were not from Northern Europe for the first time since 1924).

The 1965 immigration reform law was very controversial at the time it was enacted. It aroused intense opposition from legislators who were concerned that it would change America's racial makeup from mainly white to more diverse - which it has of course done - to the consternation of some of today's restrictionists who have never accepted this law and would like to return to the previous mainly whites only immigration system. See, POLITICO, August 20:

It is true that Trump has never directly called for repealing the 1965 law or reducing non-white immigration per se, but Wole Soyinka is one of the greatest authors, poets and human rights advocates alive today. He can recognize a dog whistle when he hears it.

Soyinka is well known for speaking out against dictatorship and religious intolerance in all its forms, including but not limited to radical Islam.

He has also been critical of "xenophobic immigration policies in the West". See

Wole Soyinka is a superb candidate for Immigrant of the Month, if not of this entire election cycle.
Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from diverse ethnic/religious backgrounds and nationalities obtain work visas and green cards for more than 35 years. Roger's email address is