In yet another refutation of the myth that the differences between Donald Trump and former president Barack Obama on immigration concern mainly rhetoric more than actual policy ,the Washington Post reported on December 3 that the Pentagon has begun complying with a preliminary injunction issued last month,by Judge Jon S. Tigar of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California, in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, ,blocking a Trump administration directive which would have prevented thousands of green card holders, mainly from Asia, Africa and Latin America, from serving in the military.

The directive sought to impose unnecessary and unjustifiable additional background check requirements that caused green card holders long delays compared to US citizens in beginning their service. See:

After losing court battle, Pentagon will send green card holders to recruit training.

(Unfortunately, this article does not provide a link to the text of the decision itself, so I am relying on the article's summary of the decision.)

According to the Post, the additional background checks were delaying green card holders from beginning military service for twice as long as had been the case previously, often up to a yea instrad of six months.

As a result, under the Trump administration's directive, there was a dramatic reduction in the number of recruits holding green cards who were actually able to start serving, and many crucial military specialty positions were going unfilled.

The Post's report states:

"The injunction [by Judge Tigar] eases pressure on a group of prospective troops that the Pentagon has long recruited, pitching self-betterment and, in some cases, a chance at U.S. citizenship. About 18,000 U.S. troops were green-card holders at the beginning of the Trump administration, and about 5,000 joined the military each year before the stricter policy, Pentagon officials have said."

The same report also says:

"The green-card holders originate from many countries with which the United States has friendly relations, with lawful permanent residents from the Philippines making up the largest number...

China, Jamaica, Nigeria and Mexico are among the other nations with significant numbers..."

This now rejected Trump administration policy is one more of many others, which I and other commentators have discussed previously, attempting to make legal immigration to the United States more difficult and to set lawful immigrants apart as people who are somehow unwelcome in American society. This Trump administration agenda contrasts dramatically with the administration of President Obama, which certainly engaged in mass deportation of and harsh measures against unauthorized immigrants, but did not target or persecute legal immigrants.

This now discredited Trump policy also recalls that in the period up to the end of WW2, when the U.S.armed forces were totally segregated against African-American soldiers.

This is one more sign of Donald Trump's regression toward the spirit of America's pre-1965 immigration system, which was based on white supremacy and exclusion of immigrants who, to use Trump's own words (as reported on January 11 of this year) are not from "Counties like Norway,"