The president's white nationalist base supporters received a Thanksgiving gift from his administration on November 20, as Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke announced her decision to end TPS status for some 50,000 Haitians who have been living in the United States after the 2010 earthquake that devastated the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and one that is ill-prepared to receive them back.

At least Duke won't have to face the pressure and angry arm-twisting that she reportedly received from White House Chief of Staff (and former DHS chief under Trump) John Kelly when she postponed a decision which would have led to kicking 86,000 Honduran TPS holders out of the United States.

According to newspaper reports, Kelly berated Duke for a postponing a decision on expelling the Hondurans because it "prevents our wider strategic goal."

What "wider strategic goal" could Kelly possibly have been referring to? For that answer, we only need to look at Trump's recent speech in Poland.

In a July 6 address "to the people of Poland" in Warsaw, Trump set forth, in a speech loaded with white nationalist dog-whistles, his vision of the kind of immigrants who will be allowed in America under his presidency, to the exclusion of all others, as follows:

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

What we have...what we've inherited from our ancestors...And if we fail to preserve it, it will never, ever exist again...

The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive...Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders?

Well, sorry about that, Nicaraguans, Haitians and, sooner or later, Hondurans whose TPS status has already been revoked or is awaiting inevitable revocation in the not so distant future, (after a temporary reprieve for Hondurans which reportedly infuriated the White House so much).

It seems that Central American and Caribbean immigrants just don't seem to fit in with Trump's ideal of the "traditions", "customs" and "ancestors" that, in his view, (white) Europe shares with (white) America and which make it so important for the "civilization" of the "West" to maintain the "will to survive" and to "protect our borders".

The DHS has given the 50,000 Haitian TPS holders 18 months to leave (and, no doubt, to take their US-born American citizen children with them). Chalk up one more step for this administration down Trump's road of ethnic cleansing of non-white immigrants from the United States.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law