The following has been revised and expanded as of February 27 at 9:36 am:

More chilling news reports are coming in about the fear, panic and despair among Latino immigrants throughout America being caused by Donald Trump's latest attempt to rig the system against Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern and black immigrants though his latest stepped-up deportation activities.

These reports make the comparison with the expulsions and other persecution of Jews in 1930's Germany seem much less far fetched than one would like to think. (See my blog comment in the February 23 Immigration Daily.)

In one report, a Mexican man who was being deported to one of the most dangerous, drug cartel infested areas, committed suicide right after arrival at the Mexican side of the border, in a grim reminder of the Polish Jews who did the same thing after being sent back to Poland from Nazi Germany in 1938 (as mentioned in an article which I quoted from on February 23).

According to another horrifying story which one would think more typical of North Korea than the United States of America, a Salvadorean woman with a who has a pending appeal from denial of her application for political asylum, and who was awaiting surgery for a brain tumor, was tied up and dragged off her hospital bed by immigration agents and taken back to the detention center where she was being held.

Another story reports that ICE refused to permit either lawyers or her family to see her while she was in the hospital.

In a third incident, which shows how fragile the rights of US citizens are also in a period of government repression against immigrants, CBP agents stationed themselves that the exit to a domestic flight landing in New York from San Francisco to check the documents of every passenger who was getting off the plane, US and foreign citizen alike.

Allegedly, CBP was only looking for one particular passenger on the flight who was subject to a final deportation order (and was not actually on the plane). But one wonders what would have happened to any American citizen on the plane who did not happen to have a US passport or birth certificate in his or her possession. One also wonders what might have happened to any foreign citizen travelling with proper ID but without proof of current legal status in the US.

One is again reminded of a well known government agency in 1930's Germany which was also very good at doing random document searches and taking people without the right papers into custody (from which many never returned). This agency was known in German as the Geheime Statspolizei, or "Secret State Police" in English.

Meanwhile, schools across America are trying to deal with fears among children o being deported, and some are taking steps to bar ICE agents who do not have warrants from entering the schools. See, Washington Post December 26, 2016:

Schools warn of increased student fears due to immigrant arrests, Trump election

(Sorry, I do not have a link - please go to Google for access.)

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One point is clear: the worst fears of those who warned during the presidential campaign that Trump's election could lead to mass deportation of up to 11 million men, women and children in America, but who were not always taken seriously by the media or the public, are now becoming reality. See an August, 2016 article by Chicago attorney and former AILA president David Leopold entitled:

The shocking reality of Trump's plan to deport millions

(Sorry, I do not have a link, please go to Google to access this article too.)

In a grim warning about how dangerous Trump's mass deportation could be to the rights of American citizens and the foundations of our democracy itself, Leopold writes the following in his article:

"Would our citizens be coerced into becoming immigration informants? Would Americans rat on their neighbors, friends or relatives out of a misguided feeling of patriotism, or, perhaps worse, vengeance and retribution?"

Leopold might also have added that American citizens, too, may in the not too far distant future feel pressure by the government to report unauthorized immigrants under fear of criminal prosecution for not doing so under INA Section 274, which makes it a federal felony to "harbor" or "assist" anyone staying in the United States without legal permission.

In Donald Trump's America, we may be hearing much more about this up to now infrequently used statute, which I will be writing about in more detail in a forthcoming comment.

Forcing American citizens to report and turn in immigrants, if this takes place, as it easily could as part of Trump's mass deportation agenda, would also bring up chilling memories of what happened to German citizens who tried to protect Jews in their country between 1933 and 1945.
Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, he has been representing mainly skilled and professional immigrants in work visa and green card cases.

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