Update, March 26 as of 4:00 pm:

For a report on more radical right wing invective against Donald Trump, who is arguably the most extreme right wing president America has had since Calvin Coolidge, mainly focusing on the border wall issue, see: alternet.org


My original comment follows:

Ann Coulter, Fox News commentators and other leading figures on America's far right blasted Donald Trump over the weekend for signing an omnibus spending bill that contains virtually no funding for his long promised Mexican border wall. Coulter, with her characteristic lack of restraint, called the Congressional Republicans "swine" for supporting the spending bill, and tweeted that Trump should be impeached.


Fox News Hosts Laura Ingraham and Dean Hannity also joined a host of other familiar right wing figures in condemning Trump for, among other things, failing to insist on wall funding as a condition for signing the bill.


So far as appears in news stories about the wall, experts agree that the wall is useless and unnecessary as a security measure, especially with illegal Mexican border crossings reportedly now at record lows.


Indeed, even among commentators who believe that reducing illegal immigration is of prime urgency, there is a respected school of thought which argues that internal enforcement is more effective than increased border measures in general.

Therefore, what can account for the fury of familiar right wing names such as Counter, Ingraham and Hannity, not to mention Drudge and Limbaugh, who are normally among Trump's strongest supporters on immigration policy?
Does the lack of funding for the border wall mean that America is about to receive a big new influx of "dangerous" illegal immigrants compared to present levels?

No one is making any such argument seriously. To the contrary, the right wing rage against Trump's inability to date to persuade Congress to agree to provide more funding for his wall (and not through lack of trying on his part) shows the importance of a wall as a symbol of hatred and rejection of Latino and other non-white immigrants in general.

This is hardly any secret to people like Coulter, who has written an entire book, Adios America, arguing that admitting Latino and other immigrants of color, could in effect, lead to the destruction of America. There is certainly no lack of other comments on the far right by public figures, such as Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who, in effect, argue that preserving America depends on preserving what they see as the fundamentally white, European character of American society - a doctrine which is also vociferously maintained by openly white nationalist figures such as the ones who lead the notorious rally in Charlottesville which Trump was so reluctant to condemn.

And despite all of the talk about the wall as an alleged means for combating illegal immigration, it is clearly meant by its proponents to be symbol of rejection of legal immigration as well.

Indeed there is a strong argument that in the Trump era, the entire focus of the anti-immigrant movement has shifted away from stopping illegal immigration to stopping or reducing non-white immigration in general, legal and illegal.


See also Dara Lind's perceptive article in vox.com


Building a border wall is a symbol of this shift, and that is why Trump's failure to obtain Congressional for funding this wall is creating so much fury among his right wing supporters.
Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 30 years, Roger's practice has been concentrated in skilled and professional immigration, including H-1B, Labor certification and other employment and family-based work visas and green cards.

Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com