The following comment has been expanded and revised as of November 26 at 8:59 am:

We may or may not one day get to see Donald Trump's "Big, Beautiful" bricks and concrete physical Wall. But in terms of immigration policy changes, his Wall of hatred and prejudice against Latin American, Asian, Middle Eastern, and other non-white immigrants is already well under construction.

If there is one single policy goal that the "Trump Era" will be remembered for by future historians, it could well be this administration's concerted attempt to reverse America's demographics from the movement toward a (more) tolerant, diverse, multiracial, multi-religious and multilingual society which we have experienced since the immigration reform of 1965. This law was enacted as part of the impetus to abolish legal racial segregation of non-white American citizens.

Instead, Trump's immigration agenda is clearly intended to restore the white supremacist, Europeans only immigration system which America had in place during the previous 40 years, from 1924 to 1964.

This system, which was designed to eliminate almost all immigration from European countries where large numbers of Jews and Catholics were living, as well as from Asia, the Middle East and Africa entirely, was mandated by the 1924 "national origins" immigration act which Adolf Hitler, writing in Mein Kampf, claimed to have been inspired by. As Jelani Cobb writes in the September 5 New Yorker:

"The policy [of the 1924 Johnson-Reed Immigration Act] was so defiantly and arrogantly racist that, as James Q. Whitman, a professor at Yale Law School, writes in ''
Hitler's American Model', it earned praise from Adolf Hitler: "The American Union categorically refuses immigration of unhealthy elements, and simply excludes the immigration of certain races", Hitler wrote in 'Mein Kampf.'"


Trump's Move to End DACA and Echoes of the Immigration Act of 1924

Nine decades later, in 2015, then Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), who is now carrying out Trump's draconian mass incarceration and deportation agenda against out-of-status mainly Latin American and Asian immigrants in his role as the nation's Attorney General, also had high praise (though ostensibly on different grounds which will fool no one) for this openly bigoted law in his so-called: Immigration Handbook for the New Republican Majority. For a direct link, see:

A good summary of these policies of return to an earlier, white supremacist, immigration era appears in a November 21 Washington Post article:

How Trump is building a border wall that no one can see

For a direct link to the article, go to:

The Post's article describes Trump's concerted attempt to turn back America's immigration racial and religious clock to a white, Christian one as follows:

"But in a systematic and less visible way, his administration is following a blueprint to reduce the number of foreigners living in the United States - those who are undocumented and those who are here legally- and overhaul the U.S. immigration system for generations to come.

Crosswise agencies and programs, federal officials are wielding executive authority to assemble a ceremonial wall that could be more effective than any concrete and metal one. While some actions have drawn widespread attention, others have been in place more quietly."

Here are the main building blocks of this policy wall, as described in the above article:

1) Cutting refugee admissions to the lowest level in many years; speeding up deportations (as much as possible, given the backlogged immigration courts) and terminating TPS (which has already happened for Nicaraguans and Haitians, and could ultimately affect almost a million people in the future),

2) Supporting the RAISE Act, which would annual legal immigration in half, (especially by reducing or eliminating family immigration and less skilled immigration),

3) Ending DACA for almost 700,000 young immigrants

4) While this was not mentioned in the above article, Trump's attempt to abolish the Diversity visa is also part of the same strategy.

The Post could have also mentioned Trump's Muslim ban and "extreme vetting" policies, as well as his attack on skilled and professional H-1B visas under the guise of his "Hire American" executive order. The latter is all the more hypocritical in view of the fact that the Trump's administration's support for the RAISE act is based on a purported policy objective of favoring "merit-based" immigration, i.e. highly skilled workers over all others.

However, the only "merit" of the RAISE Act is that it would carry out the policy objectives of white supremacist supporters and organizations which have been trying to overturn the 1965 immigration reform law almost from the time it was enacted a half century ago.

While none of the above policy changes expressly state that they are designed to bring back the alt-right ideal of a predominantly white, Christian America, that is the obvious intent, in view of which parts of the world are being affected most by the above actual and proposed changes.

None of the changes will have any appreciable effect on immigration from Europe, which is not a source of refugees, TPS holders, Diversity Visa immigrants (to any large extent) or again to any large extent, unskilled workers (with a few exceptions, such as some of the waiters and grass-cutters whom Trump is sponsoring for H-2B visas to work at his Mar-a-Lago and other posh resorts).

Overwhelmingly, the effect of the above changes or proposed changes will be on immigrants from Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The clear purpose is demographic.

This is not to say that Trump's attempts to make America whiter through immigration policy changes will be successful. The Post writes:

"...but demographic experts say there is a small chance they will modify the country's broad broader racial and ethnic transformation, which Trump's critics say is his goal. Census projections show the United States will no longer have a single racial ethnic majority by mid-century, according to the Pew Research Center."

But this doesn't mean that the Trump administration isn't trying hard to slow down this trend, even if it cannot be reversed entirely.

The Post concludes its article as follows:

"But although some of Trump's most fervent supporters see curbing immigration as a way to turn back the United States' rapid racial and ethnic transformation, [William] Frey [a demographer at the Brookings Institution] said it is an unrealistic goal...

'You can slow the rate of Latino and Asian immigration, but it won't make the population whiter,' Frey said. It will just become less white at a slower pace.'"

But, evidently, even that limited and ultimately unsuccessful goal is one that Trump and his administration appear to be fundamentally committed to pursuing through changes in immigration policy.

Trump might still be able to claim that he accomplished more that King Canute, who was not even able to make the waves slow down, even though he commanded them to turn back.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law