Update, November 13, 10:10 am:

See also: Washington Post, November 13:

Why neo-fascists are making a shocking surge in Poland

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My original comment follows:

In a demonstration may times the size of the one in Charlottesville, 60,000 white nationalists and their supporters marched through Warsaw, Poland over the weekend of November 11-12, though red smoke bombs and carrying signs with slogans such as "white Europe of brotherly nations".

They also chanted: "pure Poland, white Poland" and "refugees get out". A banner read: "Pray for Islamic Holocaust."


The reference to the Holocaust would have been serious enough anywhere, but it was even more pointed in a city which was one of the most infamous centerpieces of the Holocaust against the Jews, as Donald Trump pointed out in his own July 6 Warsaw speech discussed below.

Certainly Trump's Warsaw speech, which was viewed by some observers of an endorsement of Poland's right wing, anti-immigrant government, which is also reportedly undermining the basic freedoms of its own people,


was far more measured in tone than that hate slogans in this weekend's demonstration. But was his speech a more politely coded version of a similar message against immigrants from outside Europe? Here are some excerpts from the president's Warsaw speech, taken from the official White House transcript of his remarks:


First, speaking of what he sees as a common bond between America and Europe, Trump says:

"We write symphonies. We pursue innovation. We celebrate our ancient heroes, embrace our timeless traditions and customs..."

Then he becomes more specific:

"What we have...what we've inherited from our ancestors has never existed to this extent before. And if we fail to preserve it, it will never, ever, exist again. So we cannot fail."

And what is it that Trump is so intent on preserving? To be sure, in one sense, his speech affirms the importance for protecting freedom, democracy and the value of each individual against threats, whether from Nazism and Communism in the past, or from radical Islamist terrorism now. No one who believes in democracy could disagree.

But there is also a clear, thinly coded message to white nationalist supporters in the following words of his speech.

"Because as the Polish experience reminds us, the defense of the West ultimately depends not only on means but also on the will of people to prevail...The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost?

And then, in what is very arguably the real message of Trump's Warsaw speech:

Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?"

While the speech is, on the service, couched in the language of defending freedom and democracy (no attacks here on a free press as the "enemy of the people" or attempts to undermine judicial independence by references to "so-called judges" or judges with "Mexican heritage" whose decisions he objects to), there is also an unmistakable white nationalist message which comes straight out of the playbook of a now departed Trump adviser, Steven Bannon, and a still current one, Stephen Miller (who is widely suspected of having written the speech).

What else could Trump have possibly meant by his references to the "traditions", "customs", "ancestors", "values" and "civilization", of "the West" which must be "preserved" at all costs by "protecting our borders" ?

Is this not getting uncomfortably close to the spirit of Blut und Boden ("Blood and Soil")
which the Nazis originated as their slogan and the white nationalists also used in Charlottesvile?

But what is most unsettling for the future of many millions of non-European immigrants who would like to come to the US in the future or who are already here now and would like to stay in this country and become a permanent part of society, is that when Trump is talking about "protecting borders" to preserve "Western Civilization" he is also laying out a clear blueprint for the foundations of his immigration policies.

There is not only a direct line between Trump's Warsaw speech and the hate march of 60,000 smoke bomb throwing white supremacist supporters in Warsaw this weekend; but, much more importantly for America, Trump's speech also anticipates his support for the RAISE Act, his push to abolish the Diversity Visa green card lottery, and a host of other actions aimed at reversing America's policies of racial and religious equality for immigrants of the past 50 years.

Trump's Warsaw speech was a loud and clear signal that he intends to take America back toward the direction of its pre-1965 white supremacist, Europeans only, immigration regime. There may still be some Americans, and even immigrants, who have not yet caught on to the the basic motivation behind Trump's anti-immigrant agenda (or who at least would like to pretend that they haven't caught on), but 60,000 white nationalist demonstrators in Poland should have had no trouble in understanding Trump's immigration goals.

Even if the language of Trump's Warsaw speech was far more elegant than the openly racist anti-immigrant venom of this weekend's nationalist demonstrators, the ultimate objectives were very similar.

The greatest irony of all in Trump's Warsaw speech, however, was in his stirring description of the heroism shown by the Polish people of Warsaw in their uprising against Nazi tyranny in 1944, which he compared to today's fight for "the West" and its "civilization" , together with its "bonds of history, culture and memory" , which are now under threat from the "East" and the "South" - i.e. Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, where most of America's immigrants during the past half-century just happen to have come from under the post-1965 immigration system that Trump is now seeking to abolish.

Aside from the fact that, while Trump had extensive praise for the uprising of the Polish people against the Nazis, but mentioned the equally important Jewish Warsaw Ghetto uprising only in passing, Trump left out one detail which he evidently did not think was worth mentioning, but which the world remembers, possibly more than any other single aspect of the horrible history of the Warsaw Ghetto.

This was the 10 feet high barbed wire WALL which the Nazis built around the Warsaw Ghetto to seal off the Jewish population of that city, which was marked for extermination in the nearby Treblinka gas chambers, from the rest of that city's population.

Even though some people might try to excuse his omission of this essential part of the history of the Nazi occupation of Warsaw, which was just as essential as the Berlin Wall was to the Communist opposition of that city later on, as merely being a lapse by an inept or uncaring speech writer, this omission RAISES (no pun intended) a very uncomfortable question for Trump and his followers.

Was Trump's failure to make even the slightest mention of the Warsaw Ghetto Wall in his lengthy and detailed description of the fight against the Nazis in wartime Poland because of his plans to build his own WALL, that would be three times higher and more than 2,000 miles longer than the Warsaw Ghetto one, in order to WALL off Mexican and other Latin American immigrants from the United States?

Or did he leave this key part of Warsaw's wartime history out in deference to right wing politicians in nearby Hungary and other parts of Europe who are calling to build their own Walls against Muslim and other immigrants from the Middle East and points beyond?

Either way, it is not hard to understand why Trump would not have been eager to mention the Warsaw Ghetto Wall in his speech in that city.

Of course, Trump's Warsaw speech is very far from being the only indication of his agenda of reversing America's demographic trend toward ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity by cutting off or reducing immigration from non-white areas of the world. Subir Grewal ("Subir") an independent progressive writer, predicted Trump's whites only immigration agenda in an article which appeared right after Trump took office as president after losing the popular vote a year ago to Hillary Clinton, (despite evidence of Russian interference on his behalf which is still under investigation by Robert Mueller) called:

Make America White Again - the dream that drives the Bannon-Trump administration


While the title may be out of date, and the "Miller-Sessions-Trump" administration may be more appropriate now in matters relating to immigration, Subir's well researched and comprehensive article remains very current, even more so than when it was published just over 10 months ago, on February 2.

Even though Subir is not an immigration lawyer or academic, his article is even more pertinent than it was when it actually appeared, because Trump's entire immigration agenda as president has been unfolding almost exactly as Subir predicted.

This important article merits a separate discussion, which will appear in my forthcoming comment.
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 many different parts of the world, obtain work visas and green cards for more than 35 years. Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com