The following comment has been revised as of July 16 at 4:34 pm.

As I have made clear many times in my previous comments, I have never claimed that Donald Trump is a Nazi, a fan of Hitler, an antisemite or a supporter of genocide or mass murder against anyone or any group of people. This would be as far from the truth as one could imagine.

What I am contending is that in his attacks on Latin American, Muslim and black immigrants, while attempting to demonize and vilify them as dangerous outsiders who threaten the stability, welfare and even existence of America as a country, this president is using tactics, and even language, which bring back at least echoes of Nazi attacks on the Jews and other "outsiders" who were accused of "poisoning German culture" .

See: US Holocaust Memorial Museum extract: Defining the Enemy. (I cannot find a working link; please go to Google to access.)

See also historian Richard J. Evans writing in The Nation as follows (on February 28, 2017):

"In speech after speech, Hitler and the other leading Nazis attacked the Jews who, they claimed, had orchestrated the efforts...to destroy Germany's military prowess and cultural purity."

https://www.thenation.com/article/th...roy-democracy/

Obviously, Trump's attacks on brown immigrants are not in any way leading to mass murder or anything remotely approaching it. But his demonization and dehumanization of non-white immigrants have already lead to at least one appalling human rights violation, the forced separation and incarceration of young children torn away from their parents.

While some children have already been released from the cages and shackles where many had been confined by the Trump regime in an effort to punish and intimidate their parents in the name of "deterrence", some others may never be reunited; and America has already has already suffered damage to its fundamental values as a nation of justice, basic compassion and humanity which might take years, or decades, to recover from.

With the above as introduction about events that are already past, why are Trump's latest racist rants against African, Middle Eastern and other non-white immigrants in Europe so full of ominous implications of American immigration policy and Rule of Law right now?

To understand this, we need to look at three factors - first, what Trump actually said about non-white immigrants in Europe; second, how this compares with, not only Nazi attacks on the Jews, but with the language that US white supremacists are currently using against brown immigrants; and third, what this means for current US immigration policy in the light of recent drastic changes in handling petitions and applications for legal immigration benefits recently announced by USCIS, and AG Jeff Sessions trashing of the Rule of Law in asylum cases, both of which will be discussed in detail in my forthcoming comments.

The following will show that, in Donald Trump's America, even legal immigrants who do not happen to be from "Countries like Norway", but who have darker complexions, are facing - not mass extermination by any stretch of the imagination, but mass exclusion from the US instead; while millions of other brown immigrants face the threat of mass expulsion, and the democratic rights and freedoms of the American people are in danger of mass extinction.

I will begin with what Trump has actually been saying about Muslim and other non-white immigrants in Europe.

First, the following, from a comment Trump made to a British newspaper only a few days ago while he was in Brussels, just befor leaving for the UK:

"I think what has happened in Europe is a shame. Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame. I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it's never going to be what it was and I don't mean that in a positive way...I think you are losing your culture. Look around."

https://www.alternet.org/trumps-clai...-be-challenged

Next, there is his June 18 tweet, as quoted in thinkprogress.org:

"The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition. Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe is allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!"

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-immi...-8080be2c9287/

"Culture" of course is not just an historical term that was one of the many used by the Nazis to attack the Jews. It is very much in use today as an open synonym for race by today's white supremacists, especially among those who refer to themselves as the "Alt Right". The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) explains as follows:

"American Indentitarians such as Richard Spencer claim to want to preserve European-American (i.e. white ) culture in the U.S. As Michael McGregor, a writer and editor for Radix wrote in an article in the publication, Identitarians want "the preservation of our identity - the cultural and genetic heritage that makes us who we are'".

https://www.adl.org/resources/backgr...hite-supremacy

Donald Trump certainly knew who his audience was when he talked about the alleged danger of legal as well as unauthorized immigration to "European culture" in the above remarks.

This was not the first time that Trump has preached thinly coded white supremacy to a European audience - for consumption by his American supporters.

He did the same thing almost exactly a year ago, in a July 6, 2017 address in Warsaw, Poland focusing on the supposed threat from outside to Europe's "civilization" and "bonds of common ancestry", in a fiery speech which some commentators at the time equated with the 19th Century German "Blood and Soil" (Blut und Boden) ideology that became a centerpiece of Nazi propaganda as well.

https://www.politico.com/magazine/st...victory-215353

Three other things stand out about Trump's above two remarks:

First, the Big Lie, without which, it seems, almost none of Trump's statements of any kind relating to immigration would be complete.

ThinkProgress
comments about Trump's above tweet as follows:

"Multiple studies have shown that, despite the increase in immigration to parts of Europe over the past few years, the number of crimes committed by migrants and refugees is still low."

This parallels similar reports of US studies which conclude that the violent crime rate among immigrants in the US, including unauthorized immigrants, is not any higher than among native-born American citizens.

https://www.npr.org/2018/05/02/60765...-violent-crime

and, according to some reports, may even be significantly lower:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...tion-myth.html

Second, as mentioned above there are the disturbing and ominous parallels between Trump's attacks on non-white immigrants, both in Europe and the US, and the Nazis attacks against the Jews as destroyers of German "culture".

Third, and most dangerous of all for the future of racial equality and democracy itself in America, is that way that both the DOJ under Attorney General Jeff Sessions and DHS Chief Kirstjen Nielsen are combining to turn America's entire system of asylum law into one ruled by authoritarian diktat rather than by any principles of due process or judicial independence. See, America's Voice, July 13:

Attorney General Sessions and DHS Secretary Nielsen Join Force Again, This Time to Close the Door on Asylum

(Link not available, please go to Google to access.)

In a move that is even more dangerous for immigrant rights, USCIS is now threatening applicants for legal immigration benefits with deportation, in a matter that could undermine or even destroy a major part of America's legal immigration system as we now know it. See, America's Voice:

USCIS Transforming Itself From Immigration Benefit Agency to an ICE Deportation Feeder Operation

http://bit.ly/2zK2Hku

Both of these topics will be the subject of my forthcoming comments.
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Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been practicing primarily in the area of visas and green cards for skilled and professional immigrants for more than 35 years.

Roger also writes about immigration law from the perspective of human rights, racial equality and equal justice for everyone before the law, all of which are now under unprecedented attack. His email address is algaselex@gmail.com