On December 16, Donald Trump, in his weekly address,


continued his demagogic attempts to use a recent terror attack and a second attempted terror attack in New York by deranged, apparently radicalized, Muslim immigrants acting on their own as a pretext for promoting his larger agenda of ending the racially diverse immigration system that America has had for the past half century.

He did so by attacking family immigration, which is the foundation of America's 1965 law that abolished the white supremacist immigration quotas in the 1924 "national origins" immigration law. The 1924 law, in turn, inspired Adolf Hitler, according to Hitler's own statement in Mein Kampf.

See: The Guardian: Hitler's debt to America


90 years later, then Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) who is now Trump's attorney general, had high praise for that same bigoted 1924 law which Trump and his white nationalist supporters are now trying to bring back in principle, if not in the exact letter.


In his December 16 address, Trump began by saying

"Our current immigration helps special interests, but hurts American workers, taxpayers and national security."

It is difficult to imagine more cynical and misleading statements on every topic mentioned than the ones contained in this single brief sentence.

First, what does Trump mean by the "special interests" which are allegedly benefited by the current immigration system?

Those "special interests", according to Trump. are the tens of millions of immigrants from every part of the world who have been able to come to America during the past 50 years under the 1965 law's non-discriminatory system based in large part on family immigration.

These "special interest" immigrants were mainly people who would have been barred from America under the 1924 law because they were from Asia, the Middle East and Africa, or because they were Jews and Catholics from Eastern and Southern Europe rather than citizens of the "Nordic" countries favored by the 1924 law.

In other words, Trump is, in effect, calling all Asian, Middle Eastern and African immigrants who have immigrated to the US legally over the past half century members of "special interests"!

This kind of openly racial dog-whistle may make Trump's white nationalist and alt-right supporters happy, but it is particularly reprehensible in view of the fact that Trump himself has considerable expertise in serving the real special interests - most recently the wealthy individual and large corporate campaign donors who will benefit most from huge Republican tax cuts that threaten the continued existence of Social Security, Medicare and many other government programs that are vitally important to many millions of middle class and working class Americans. With regard to the dangers to Medicare and Social Security in particular, see:


Trump also says that immigration in its present form "hurts American workers". How much does this cynical comment reflect any real concern for American workers, millions of whom will be devastated by Trump and his party's tax "reform" boondoggle for the super-wealthy that could wipe out social safety net and healthcare protections for millions of American families?

How much concern are Trump and his party showing for protecting the union benefits, minimum wages, equal pay protections and safety/environmental protections that safeguard the health and lives of American workers?

About the same amount of concern that Marie Antoinette showed for her starving people whom she told to "eat cake."

The hypocrisy in Trump's attempt to demonize mainly non-white immigrants for the effects of his own administration's and party's economic policies on ordinary Americans goes beyond appalling.

And as far as alleged harm to American taxpayers arising from admitting legal immigrants from diverse parts of the world, not just primarily Europe as was the case before 1965, the president's timing in making this remark could not possibly be worse. According to many news reports, The president and his party are now in the process of ramming through a tax bill which would vastly enrich the wealthiest campaign donors at the expense of millions of ordinary wage earners, who would either get minimal tax relief, or actually see their taxes go up.

A September 29 article about an earlier version of the bill (that was not essentially different from what is known about the current version) in the respected business magazine Forbes, not known as a left wing or partisan publication, says it all in the title:

Despite Promises To The Contrary, Trump Tax Plan Heaps Biggest Benefits On The Rich


Blaming an immigration system which has been relatively open to immigrants from all over the world, not just mainly Europe, for the past 50 years for the harm that the tax bill that the president is actively trying to help push through Congress will do to ordinary Americans is the worst form of demagogy.

(Since this is not a site that deals with tax issues except as they relate to immigration, I will not go into any further discussion of this point raised by the president in his above speech.)

The above does not by any means deal with the worst part of Trump's speech, which is the part blaming immigrants for national security problems.

I will have more to say about Trump's short but seriously misleading and deceptive December 16 address, and its ominous implications for future immigration policies under his presidency, in a forthcoming comment.