In his latest two immigration-related announcements, namely his brief December 16 address followed by a 68 page "National Security" memorandum released on December 18, Trump has escalated his strategy of using "National Security" as a pretext to unravel the landmark 1965 immigration reform law, based on acceptance of diversity and racial/religious equality, piece by piece, and bring back the Europeans only immigration ideology of the previous 1924 Johnson-Reed immigration act and 1890's Chinese exclusion laws.

First, in the December 16 weekly address which I discussed in a different context in my comment appearing in the December 17 issue of Immigration Daily, Trump tried to label America's entire current immigration system, which is based in large part, but by no means entirely, on family immigration, as a danger to national security.

This was continued in his National Security Memorandum, which contains a number of references to our current immigration system as being a "national security" threat and inconsistent with the "national interest."

What is the purpose of trying to stigmatize entire classes of immigrants, such as the millions of people who have immigrated to the US legally in the past several decades under the visa lottery or as family-based immigrants, as dangers to national security without the slightest shred of evidence that this is true?

And what does Trump mean by the "national interest" that is allegedly in danger under our current immigration system? As I will show in forthcoming comments, Trump's definition of the "national interest" regarding immigration, means admitting legal immigrants from European and other mainly white countries only, and shutting America's doors against immigrants from all other parts of the world.

This is the only conclusion that can be drawn from Trump's opposition to family immigration and less skilled immigration, which have been enabled millions of immigrants from every part of the world to live and work in US legally for the half century; and his support for the RAISE Act.

This latter proposal, under the guise of favoring "merit" based immigration (i.e. being white and English-speaking), would return to a Europeans-only immigration system similar to the one that America had for four decades beginning in 1924, until that system was abolished by the 1965 immigration reform law which Trump and his white nationalist supporters are now working so hard to destroy.

To conclude with a comment which is admittedly beyond the scope of concerns with immigration law only, while Trump claims that his efforts to remake America's entire immigration system and take it back to the white supremacist ideology of the 1920's are part of an "America first" policy, the great majority of Americans, including millions of voters who heeded Trump's anti-immigrant siren song and put him in the White House because of his explicit and implied promises to reverse America's demographic trend toward a more racially and religiously diverse society, are now about to pay a terrible price in terms of passage of the Republican tax bill.

This bill, with its huge tax giveaways to Trump's billionaire campaign donors such as the Koch brothers, will create enormous federal budget deficits which Trump and his supporters are already planning to make up by cutting back or eliminating Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other safety net programs on which most Americans, in one form or another depend.

Then, America will become like the 1920's once again; not only in immigration policy, but in our entire society, with the super-wealthy on top and the great majority of Americans living a much more precarious existence than they do today.

The only difference between now and the 1920's is that Trump is now attempting to make the broad authority and freedom from Constitutional restraints, which the courts have granted to the executive branch in immigration policy ever since the 1880's Supreme Court Chinese exclusion law cases, as a model for moving America closer to dictatorship in all aspects of our governmental and legal systems.

But this topic is for another day.

With the above thoughts, I wish all readers a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law