In its latest moves to divide America along racial lines and reduce the number of non-white immigrants, the Trump administration is reportedly considering two proposals which could which could transform the ethnic makeup of America for many years to come and bring the country closer to becoming an avowedly white supremacist society.

The first action is in a reported proposal to make use of common public benefits, such as the earned income tax credit which many millions of Americans take advantage of without any problems, as grounds for denying permanent residence applications on "public charge" grounds, as initially reported in the Washington Post

According to this report, one of the proposals being considered by the DHS could even deny immigrants a green card for having too many children!

The second proposal, reportedly backed by Kris Kobach, the notorious author of anti-immigrant racial profiling "papers please" laws and minority voter suppression laws across the nation, is to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census form.

The first proposal could lead to a dramatic reduction in non-white legal immigration, as many hard-working and self-supporting but lower income immigrants from around the world, could find themselves headed, not for green card approval, but for denial and deportation over the issue of using tax deductions and receiving other public benefits which Americans commonly use without any negative consequences.

America has a long history, going back at least to anti-Irish prejudice in the mid-19th century, of using laws against less well-off immigrants as means of excluding them.

As City University of New York assistant professor and historian Hidetaka Hirota, author of the book Expelling the Poor, states in a recent interview:

"Ethnic prejudice really facilitated the formation of state policies that targeted the destitute."

With regard to the census question, the clear expectation is that many immigrants, both legal and undocumented, may refuse to participate in the census entirely. This could lead to the loss of electoral votes, Congressional seats and federal funding in "blue" states with large immigrant populations which, not coincidentally, voted against Trump in the 2016 election.

Conversely, it would increase the political power of states with overwhelmingly white populations. Proponents of the citizenship question argue that the census has asked about citizenship in the past, but this has not been the case for a long time, and it has applied only in limited instances.

Another argument, reportedly supported by Kris Kobach, America's leading expert in minority voter suppression, and recently the driving force behind a federal commission for that purpose which Trump himself had to disband recently as useless, is that asking this question would help enforce the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

I will leave it to George Orwell to answer that contention. See also, (January 4):

Of course, these two moves are only the latest in a long list of recent Trump administration attempts to reduce the number of non-white immigrants in the United States and make life harder and more dangerous for those who remain or still manage to obtain legal entry to this country. See: America's Voice, March 29:

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law