If the Federal Government shuts down beginning on January 20, the first anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration as President, there can be little doubt that one of the main causes, if not the only one, will have been the president's persistent refusal to agree to a DACA solution that does not also met his repeated demand the "Chain Migration" (a pejorative term for family immigration for parents and siblings of US citizens) and the Diversity Visa Lottery must be abolished.

Despite the efforts of Trump supporters to obfuscate or downplay the effect of Trump's horrific "shithole" (or was it "shithouse"?) comment on January 11, which was made in the course of Trump's reported angry rejection of a DACA proposal by a group of Senators which would NOT have ended family immigration or the Diversity Lottery, Trump has attacked both these programs so many times, and so pejoratively, that there can be no serious doubt that his opposition is based on race.

As recently as January 17, two days before the shutdown deadline, the Daily Mail reported that Trump and his Republican supporters were still adamant about ending the Diversity lottery and cutting back on legal family based immigration, (which Trump has referred to several times, most recently in a December 29, 2017 tweet, as "horrible"), as the price for agreeing to a solution for DACA recipients - who are in a desperate situation only because Trump unilaterally cancelled their program four months ago, effective in March of this year.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...overnment.html

Beyond question, these two programs have become symbols of immigration in general from non-white areas of the world. For that reason, they have come under fierce attack from white supremacist spokesmen and politicians, politely referred to as immigration "conservatives" or "hard liners", whom Trump looks to and relies on as his "base".

But "Chain Migration" and the Visa Lottery were not always identified with immigration from non-white parts of the world. Both were originally instituted for the purpose of maintaining the predominantly European focus of immigration and makeup of America's population.

In order to understand this, we need to look at the history of the landmark 1965 immigration reform law which abolished the openly racist, "Nordics"-only immigration act of 1924, and which has formed the foundation of America's immigration policy for the past half century.

A January 13 article by Alison Durkee on mic.com explains this history clearly and succinctly as follows:

"Trump and [Arkansas Republican Senator Tom] Cotton's attacks on the 'un-American' program, however, ignore the fact that it was conservatives who imposed family-based immigration in the first place. Their intention, though, was to keep the country dominated by white Europeans, and has since backfired and led to the transformation of the US."

https://mic.com/articles/187374/chai...ing#.m3PapuhQP

The article continues:

"The U.S. first adopted its emphasis on family immigration in the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, also known as the Hart-Celler Act. This was a transformative piece of legislation that abolished a prior system of national origin quotas that heavily favored Europeans...While the Democrat[ic]-led act was initially based aound skills and education that would be 'eapecially advantageous' to the U.S., a last minute political compromise was struck to assuage conservatives who wanted the U.S. to remain predominantly populated by white Europeans: family-based immigration."

To be continued in a future installment.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
algaselex@gmail.com