(The following post has been revised and updated as of January 2, 2017 at 6:09 pm.)

The following will revise and replace my original post in this space, which originally appeared on December 30, 2016 and dealt with a different topic. It will also continue my comments on this topic which originally appeared in the Immigration Daily issue of November 14, 2016, shortly after the presidential election. See:


In a chilling interview with a progressive site known as alternet.org, which has nothing to do with the white supremacist "Alt-Right" movement, one of the Alt-Right's leaders, Jared Taylor (a former Harvard Summer School Japanese language instructor) outlined his vision for a whites-only US immigration policy for up to the next 50 years.

Taylor's proposals might not have sounded out of place 100 years ago, when laws excluding Chinese and other Asian immigrants were still very much in force; when non-white immigrants were barred from becoming naturalized Us citizens; when the notorious "Nordics"-only Johnson-Reed immigration act of 1924 was only a few years away from becoming law, and shortly before Adolf Hitler was to write in Mein Kampf that he had been favorably influenced by America's racial restrictions on immigration. See, The Guardian (February 5, 2004):


But Taylor's whites-only immigration views, as quoted below, might initially seem to be so wildly extreme in the diverse, multiracial America of the New Year 2017 that we are now entering as not even to be worth serious discussion.

At first glance, the idea that America could ever return to the whites-only immigration policies of a century ago would seem totally absurd. But would this really so impossible in the new administration?

As shown in a recent article published by Bannon's own news outlet (see below) not only Jared Taylor, who supported Donald Trump for president but was never part of his campaign, but Stephen Bannon, the head of Breitbart News, Trump's campaign manager and Trump's pick for senior presidential policy adviser, are very much opposed to the 1965 Hart-Celler immigration reform law which abolished the Nordics-only "national origin" immigration quoted of the 1924 law.

Breitbart News, in a September 3, 2016 article authored by former Republican Congressman and long time immigration opponent Tom Tancredo, has in effect advocated bringing back the 1924 racial immigration restrictions. See:


The following are Jared Taylor's proposals in his own words, according to his interview with alternet.org.


1) "Put a hold on all immigration for the next 5, 10, maybe 50 years...Let the country re-establish itself as a nation, and, at the same time, we could give a preference to Europeans."

2) "There are about 200,000 people who leave the country every year, if they were replaced by 200,000 people, some from South Africa, for example, south African whites, that would help us reach a new equilibrium in terms of what the nation should be about."

3) "Diversity is a terrible weakness for the United States...Diversity means that we still have race riots. Diversity means that every attempt to distribute resources is a shoving game.

Have the Hispanics got enough? Have the blacks got enough have the Asians got enough? Whether it's from the Harvard entering class to the nominations for the Oscars."

4) "In 1945, the United States had 125 million people. Nobody thought the country was overpopulated. Now we have 325 [million]. Where do we stop?"

5) "Until 1965, the United States had an immigration policy that was clearly designed to keep the country majority white. There was nothing wrong with that.

[If someone had told the signers of that law that in 70 years, white Americans would become the minority] "no one would have voted for that law."

With regard to Taylor's last quoted statement, namely that the Hart-Celler 1965 immigration reform law might not have been passed if it had been clear at the time how much the ethnic makeup of America would be changed by it, Taylor is, most likely, quite right.

But does that mean that it was a bad law or that today's diverse America is a worse country than the Northern European white Protestants immigration only country (as white Eastern European Jewish immigrants and Southern European Catholic ones were also barred by the pre-1965 immigration laws - not only African, Asian and Middle Eastern immigrants) that existed prior to 1965?

Certainly, discussing the views of an Alt-Right extremist such as Jared Taylor could, arguably, raise questions of relevance, since fortunately, he is not part of or ever likely to be included in the new administration, and cannot legitimately claim to speak for the incoming president.

But are the views of Jared Taylor and other Alt-Right extremists like him so far different from those which have been expressed by a media outlet controlled by someone who is expected to have a very influential role in the coming Donald J. Trump administration, or even from statements that were made during the campaign by the president-elect himself?

When we look at Tancredo's tirade against the 1965 immigration reform law, as published in and with the obvious approval Steve Bannon's Breitbart News, or at statements that Trump made himself during his August 31 immigration address in Phoenix about the need to revisit "decades old", "outmoded" immigration laws (which one could he have, just possibly, had in mind?), the difference between official Trump administration views on immigration and the avowedly white supremacist immigration platform of Alt-Right spokespersons such as Jared Taylor might not be as big as those of us who care about the survival of America's current, post 1965, officially race neutral immigration system might hope.

It will be important to monitor the influence, if any, that the white nationalist immigration agenda may have on the incoming Trump administration in 2017 and the years to come.
Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, Roger has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from diverse countries of the world, and without regard to ethnic background, religion or national origin, obtain work visas and green cards. Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com