The following has been revised and updated as of June 18 at 11:02 am:

Writer and commentator Michelle Goldberg, writing in the New York Times on June 11, warns that the inhumanity of Donald Trump's family separation policies, which are meant to terrify non-white immigrants from Central America out of exercising their legal right to apply for asylum by showing up at the US border under a 2008 statute, are more than just horrifying cruel immigration policies, which began with the Obama administration, and which, in one form or another, have been part of US treatment of various immigrant minorities since the time of the Chinese exclusion laws.

More than that, when used by a president who has shown pronounced authoritarian tendencies from the start of his campaign and throughout his term in office so far; who recently lavished praise on the world's most brutal dictator, Kim Kong Un, and who joked (?) that he would like to see Americans sit up at attention when he speaks the way North Koreans are forced to do when their perpetrator of horrific crimes against humanity does, Donald Trump's use of state terror against (to date) 2,000 innocent immigrant children, is more than just an outrage used to deter immigration by people who are not from "Countries like Norway", to quote Trump's notorious January 11 statement at a White House meeting.

It could be the prelude to fascist rule in America. Indeed, according to Goldberg, in this instance, fascism is already alive and well in America's immigration system. How much longer will be before it spreads to the rest of American government and society as well?

Goldberg writes in her article:

First They Came for the Migrants:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/11/o...eparation.html

We still talk about fascism as a looming threat, something that could happen if we're not vigilant. But for undocumented immigrants, it's already here."

She also writes:

"The human consequences [of separating children from their parents] have been horrific...The Washington Post reported that Marco Antonio Munoz. a 30-year old who is also from Honduras, killed himself in a padded cell after his 3-year old was wrenched from his arms...

...Pramila Jayapal, a Democratic congresswoman from Washington State, recently met with migrant women being held in a federal prison, many of whom, she said, were forcibly separated from children as young as 1. Some had their kids physically torn from them. Others were told they had to go have their photograph taken; when they returned, their children were gone.

In some cases, Jayapal said, the women could hear their kids screaming in the next room.'Many of them were told by Border Patrol that they would never see their children again,' she told me."

To be sure, Donald Trump's detention facilities for immigrants, and their children, who happen to have the "wrong" skin color do not come complete with gas chambers and ovens, and Trump's mass exclusion and expulsion immigration agenda is light years away from Hitler's genocide.

But we have to ask ourselves in good conscience: which place does tearing screaming young children away from their parents and telling the parents that they will never see their children again resemble more - America or Auschwitz, which a former CIA head has compared Trump's family separation agenda to (see below)?

Everyone who is concerned about where Trump's demonization of Latin American, Muslim, African, Asian and other non-white immigrants, legal and undocumented, and his attempts to make our immigration system as white as it was under the 1924 immigration act which AG Jeff Sessions, (who is now overseeing the persecution of Central American immigrants at the border), praised so highly as a Senator only three years ago, are leading America, should read Goldberg's article in full.

Meanwhile, Melania Trump is no longer the only first Lady who has spoken out in horror against Donald Trump's child separation policy. Late on June 17, Laura Bush published a Washington Post oped denouncing this action as "cruel" and "immoral" She also compared it to the interment of Japanese-Americans during WW2.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefi...icy-as-immoral

The Guardian also reports that the Border Patrol agency is now actually holding detained immigrants children in cages! including both children who have been separated and those being held together with their families.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...lding-facility

The storm of outrage and anger over Trump's barbaric family separation policy at the US border as a means of state terror and vindictiveness against Central American families who try to pursue their legal right to apply for asylum at the US border continues to grow.

General Michael Hayden, a former CIA chief, has compared Trump's child separation policy to what the Nazis did at Auschwitz.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...i-Germany.html

Admittedly this comparison may be somewhat extreme, because Trump obviously does not even remotely contemplate instituting gas chambers or mass murder.

But Trump's child separation policy involves the same kind of dehumanization of a targeted population that, in the case of the Nazis, ultimately led to the horrors of the concentration camps and death camps.

Nor is it an accident that Trump not only pardoned, but has consistently praised and endorsed former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has bragged about holding Latino immigrants in concentration camp like conditions.

A comparison of Trump's hideously brutal and sadistic child separation policy to Auschwitz certainly goes too far, but it contains at least a germ of truth. Even that one germ of truth should be saddening, and frightening, for all Americans.

Trump and Jeff Sessions, his chief accomplice in instituting this inhuman policy of deliberately causing as much mental torment as possible to the asylum-seeking parents and their terrified, in some cases still infant children, are attempting to defend the policy by claiming that they are just following the law.

Not so, says ABA President Hilarie Bass in a May 30 statement, which includes the following:

"Separating children from their parents not only violates due process, it is antithetical to the very human values on which this country was founded and sets a terrible example for the rest of the world. It should be stopped immediately."

https://www.americanbar.org/news/aba...f_hilarie.html

And amid the growing anger and condemnation coming from America's religious leaders across a wide range of faiths, the following joint statement by the Revs. William J. Barber II, a North Carolina pastor and Liz Theoharis, a Presbyterian minister from New York, stands out. Referring to Sessions' use of a Bible quote to try to defend his policy, they said:

"...any politician who supports his position is an accessory to these crimes against children and humanity."

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-...615-story.html

But arguably the most damning criticism of all of Trump's inhumanity, even though, for obvious reasons, it was couched in gentler language than the above, came from Trump's own wife Melania Trump.

This is her statement, as reported on June 17:

"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families...She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/17/polit...ion/index.html

Though the above is politely phrased, it is obvious that America's First Lady is here accusing her own husband, the president of the United States, of pursuing a heartless policy. Has anything like this ever happened before in American history?

However, in one very fundamental respect, the deliberate cruelty that Trump is showing toward children whose ethnicity and skin color does not fit in with his own vision of what America should look like is far from being new in this country's history. I will have more to say about this in my next comment on this topic.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
algaselex@gmail.com