The following comment is being revised and updated as of October 20 in the light of Trump's latest hysterical anti-immigrant rant and threat to close the entire Mexican border. See Washington Post (October 20)

'Close the whole thing!': Border tensions boil over as Trump's frustrations grow

This is not the place for a detailed discussion of the furor that is now taking place in the media over Donald Trump's reported reluctance to criticize or take action against Saudi Arabia based on evidence that it may have brutally murdered a Washington.Post contributing columnist, Jamal Khashoggi. Nor is this the place to examine whether Trump's allegedly weak response has anything to do with his own business ties with that country. Anyone who is interested in pursuing those issues, along with their implications for the same US national security which Trump used successfully as an argument for gaining Supreme Court approval of his latest Muslim Ban order in Trump v. Hawaii, and which he often uses as a pretext for other anti-immigrantattacks, see:

can turn to reports such as the following one in

For immigration advocates, however, there is an important reminder and lesson to be drawn from the Khashoggi affair concerning the danger that Trump and his allies in the administration and Congress pose to immigrants and their basic human rights.

This danger lies in the almost automatic reaction of Trump and his supporters to respond to any criticism of Trump's immigration policies by demonizing immigrants as "terrorists", with the unspoken implication that immigrant rights supporters are also somehow disloyal or harmful to national security.

There is an obvious parallel between the latest Washington Post report that Trump's allies in Congress are engaging in a smear campaign against the presumably murdered Saudi journalist as a "terrorist", see

and Trump's constant repetition of the theme that immigrants of almost every kind and variety (unless they are from "Countries like Norway", of course) pose a danger of terrorism or a threat to national security. This is not only a line that Trump likes to throw out at rallies. It is also part of a policy of rejecting objective evidence showing that immigrants in general are not a terrorist threat.

For example, NBC News reported that at a meeting last year, (In September, 2017) the Justice Department rejected an expert report from the National Counterterrorism Center showing that refugees did not pose a major security risk.

According to the NBC News story, at the meeting called to discuss the report, and Associate Attorney General present dismissed it out of hand by saying:

"We read that. The attorney general [Jeff Sessions] doesn't agree with the conclusions of the report."

So much for the evidence that immigrants are not a terrorist or national security threat in general.

Indeed,Trump has condemned America's entire immigration system as a national security threat, as the Los Angeles Times reported on December 17, 2017 See:

Trump says immigration system is a national security threat, but goes easy on Russia

Trump has also, without the slightest shred of evidence referred to unauthorized immigrants as "enemy combatants"

The Washington Post also reports, on September 13, that the Trump administration has drawn fire from terrorism experts and former officials for issuing an exaggerated or misleading January 2018 report linking immigration with terrorism. See,

Trump administration draws fire for 'misleading' report linking terrorism, immigration

Again, while the reported smear campaign by Trump's against a Saudi journalist, whose presumed murder Trump has evidently been reluctant to condemn, is not directly related to immigration policy, it has a disturbing and dangerous parallel with Trump's repeated attempts to vilify immigrants in general as terrorists or dangers to national security in order do justify his overall agenda of excluding and deporting mainly non-white immigrants as much as possible.

Immigration advocates should look at the the above as a warning of even worse to come.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law