In a May 24 Fox News interview, Trump dashed any hope of a reasonable compromise on immigration that would try to accommodate the needs of both parties (as well as resolving the dispute between moderate and "conservative" Republicans), and said that he would reject any package that did not include funding for his border wall, elimination of the diversity visa lottery (which has been especially valuable for immigrants from Africa, Asia and Latin America) and sharp cuts in family immigration - a move also designed to reduce immigration from outside Europe.

As if this were not already authoritarian enough in pursuit of an immigration agenda whose only purpose is to make America whiter, Trump, in a May 24 Fox News interview also suggested that US citizen NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem as a protest against his racial policies do not belong in America.

There could not be a clearer example of how Trump's racially motivated immigration policies cannot be looked at just in isolation, but are instead a key part of a broader movement toward authoritarian rule in America under his administration.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law