The Los Angeles Times reports on May 7 that in Trump's latest strategy of making attacks on Mexican, Central American and other non-white immigrants the centerpiece of his presidency, the administration has now made it official that families entering the US anywhere other than at an authorized border crossing point will be separated and the parents will be prosecuted for illegal entry while the children are placed in juvenile detention centers.

The ostensible reason for this inhuman policy is to steer immigrants requesting asylum at the border to authorized border crossing points where their claims will be duly processed. However, the problem with this policy, as former INS Commissioner Doris Meissner points out, is that many border stations are ill-equipped to handle the surge in new asylum cases.

She stated:

"They are strongly incentivizing serious bottlenecks at the ports of entry, and maybe they're doing that on purpose."

Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, and immigrant afvocacy group, put it more bluntly:

"It's clear this administration wants to use families who are fleeing violence as pawns in a larger strategy to end immigration to the U.S."

Noorani's warning shows that, while this latest move toward violations of basic human rights that are more typical of authoritarian regimes than democratic ones may appear to concern "illegal" immigrants only, it is part of a larger administration policy of regarding all immigrants, in every category, legal as well as unauthorized, as inherently undesirable and unwanted in the US; and keeping them out or expelling them by any means possible, no matter how cruel and vindictive.

Unless they are from "Countries Like Norway", that is.
Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from diverse parts of the world receive work visas and green cards for more than 35 years. Roger's email address is