As is so often the case, The Guardian, which has been among England's top newspapers for almost 200 years, put Donald Trump's weak response to the catastrophic damage caused to Puerto Rico by Hurricane Irma more succinctly than almost any US media managed to:

"But it took the president five full days to respond to the plight of the US territory. When he finally did so on Monday night, his comments were so devoid of empathy that it started to spark new controversy.

Hot on the heels of the dispute he single-handedly provoked over African-American sporting figures protesting racial inequality during the national anthem, Trump effectively blamed the islanders - all of whom are American citizens - for their own misfortune."

The full story in The Guardian is available at:

This is not the place to go into the full details of the federal government's efforts, or alleged lack of them, to help the American citizens of Puerto Rico in what has been called the greatest natural disaster in that island's history, where this entire US territory is reportedly without electric power.

But every news report that I have seen so far, not only the one in The Guardian, indicates that Trump's reaction was a good deal less urgent or caring than his responses to the hurricanes in the white-majority states of Texas and Florida.

Was Trump really putting "Americans First" when they happened to be Spanish-speaking Latino US citizens in desperate need of federal assistance and empathy from the president of the United States, rather than criticism over their debt crisis, which was also part of his comments (along with a geographically ignorant and absurd statement that it was harder to get help to Puerto Rico because it is allegedly surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean)?!

Or is "America First", which appears in so many of Trump's immigration speeches as well as in some of his immigration executive orders, nothing more than an empty slogan used to cover his stated agenda of deporting millions of immigrants who. like the people of Puerto Rico, are Spanish-speaking and non-white, but who, unlike them, lack US citizenship; while cutting off the chances for additional millions of Spanish-speaking, non-white immigrants from Latin American countries to come to the United States legally through sponsorship by family members in the US, as demonstrated, among many other things, by his support of drastically restrictive, Eurocentric, immigration proposals such as the RAISE Act?

(This is not to mention the president's recent tweet promising to end "Chain Migration" - an insulting epithet used by immigration opponents to refer to green card sponsorship of Latin American and other nonwhite legal immigrants through their close family relationships with US citizens or lawful permanent residents, as provided by our immigration laws for the past more than 50 years.)
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 parts of the world, obtain work visas and green cards. Roger's email address is