In 2015, as a Senator, Jeff Sessions, who is now Trump's attorney general, had high praise for a 1924 immigration law which, based on the discredited "Eugenics" theory of white racial superiority which Adolf Hitler espoused, was heavily skewed toward immigration from the "Nordic" countries of northern Europe and cut off immigration from the rest of the world almost entirely.

Indeed Hitler, writing some 90 years before Sessions in Mein Kampf, claimed to have been inspired by that law.

On January 16, however, Sessions told Fox News that America should have an immigration system more like Canada, which, according to the him, accepts immigrants based more on education and ability than the US does.

Either Sessions has had a radical change of heart from the time only three years ago when he praised the racially bigoted 1924 Johnson Reed immigration act, or else he may be unaware that immigrants from Europe are a small minority in Canada, down to 11.6 percent of all immigrants in 2016, an even smaller percentage than immigrants from Africa, which Canada obviously does not consider to be a "shithole" (or "shithouse" - I want be sure to quote the US president correctly), part of the world.

By far the largest percentage of immigrants to Canada are from Asia.


If Sessions is indeed aware of the fact that the ethnic makeup of Canada's immigrant population is a far cry from that of the northern-Europe paradigm in the 1924 "national origins" immigration law which Sessions held up as an ideal in his "Immigration Handbook for Senate Republicans" only three years ago, he may just want to go and have a friendly chat with his boss, Donald Trump, who on January 11 said that America needs immigrants from "countries like Norway", not from Africa or Haiti.

Sessions and other supporters of the RAISE Act, which would give preference to parts of the world such as Europe where English is widely understood and higher education widely available, while ending extended family immigration and the visa lottery which benefit mainly non-white immigrants from other parts of the world, may think that their proposals will make America's immigration system white again - as it was between 1924 and 1964.

But if America really becomes more like Canada with regard to immigration, supporters of the white supremacist immigration system which Donald Trump endorsed on January 11 (and has since unconvincingly tried to walk back from) may regret what they wished for.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law