Update, January 12, 11:48 am:

Trump has now denied making the despicable January 11 comment described below, which would qualify him for the title of Racist in Chief if accurate. But at least one of the Senators who were there and heard Trump speak in person, Dick Durbin (D-IL), insists that Trump did make the quoted statement in their presence, and Trump himself admits that he used "tough" language.

Given Trump's tenuous relationship with the truth on immigration (and many other issues) up to now, does anyone believe his denial?


My original comment follows:

On January 11, Donald Trump, as reported in every major media outlet in America, made a horrifying comment during a White House meeting on DACA that tore the veil away from the racism behind all his immigration policies. In the course of rejecting a proposed compromise immigration plan by a group of Senators which would have gone at least part of the way toward accomplishing Trump's of reducing legal family-based immigration and eliminating the Diversity Visa lottery, Trump stated as follows:

"What do we want Haitians here for? Why do we want all these people from Africa here? Why do we want all these people from shithole countries?...We should have people from places like Norway."

Unlike the case of some earlier racist comments that the president had allegedly made about immigrants from Haiti and Africa, the White House did not deny that Trump made the above despicable slurs. To the contrary, as also reported, a White House spokesman, Raj Shah, actually tried to defend the president's comments. For details, see:


It would not be an exaggeration to say that Trump's comment, to paraphrase President Franklin Roosevelt's immortal words, will forever"live in infamy" in the history of American immigration and race relations.

After this, any rational observer would have to be both blind and deaf in order to believe the claims by Trump and his supporters that his immigration agenda is only intended to favor "merit-based" immigration or to protect America against crime and terrorism.

It is now clear, beyond any possible dispute, that for Trump, "merit-based" immigration means immigration from what used to be called "Nordic" countries by Adolf Hitler, whose immigration policies Trump is now echoing in his latest remarks. As I have pointed out in previous comments, Hitler was a strong admirer of America's own "Nordics-only" 1924 "national origins" immigration act which eliminated almost all immigration from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Southern and Eastern parts of Europe.

As I have also pointed out in previous comments, Trump's entire immigration agenda is a throwback to the bigoted spirit of that infamous law, which was based on bogus and now thoroughly discredited "Eugenics" theories of racial superiority by white, northern Europeans.

America's 45th president, to the shame and disgrace not only of himself but of the entire nation, in effect revived those theories in the White House on January 11.

As David A. Graham writes in The Atlantic on January 11:

"...Scandinavia has long been a touchstone for white visions of racial purity. The early 20th century Dillingham Commission, which was convened by Congress, concluded that immigration from certain regions was dangerous to American culture, and paved the way for national immigration quotas."


Trump has now made clear in his latest comment that his vision for America's immigration future is a return to the white supremacist ideology of "racial purity" which was at the basis of the 1924 immigration act. It is now up to Congress and the American people to determine whether Trump will be successful in taking America back to that dark, bigoted time in our history.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law