Two of Trump's most recent nominations have shown that his policy of using overtly racial attacks, especially against non-white immigrants, in order to appeal to his white supremacist "base " is becoming even more extreme.

To be sure, seeking to appeal to white voters by demonizing and attacking non-white immigrants is much older than Donald Trump's presidential ambitions. This goes back at least to the immigrant-scapegoating IIRIRA legislation of 1996; and before that, to President Richard Nixon's notorious "Southern Strategy" in the 1970's, as well as attempts by white supremacist politicians to block the immigration reform act of 1965..

However, overtly using racial attacks and restrictions as a basis for immigration policy has never been as obvious as it is now under the Donald Trump administration - at least not in the past half century.

This is made clear by Trump's nomination of William Barr, deputy attorney general under the plate president George H.W.W. Bush, for the post of Attorney General.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) describes Barr's record on immigration as follows:

(See: No Relief: William Barr is as Bad as Jeff Sessions - if Not Worse

"Barr was a strong proponent of the George H. W. Bush administration's illegal policy of interdicting Haitian refugees on the high seas, detaining them at Guantanamo Bay, and denying them access to lawyers...

He has strongly backed Trump and Sessions cruel approach to immigration...He defended the legality of Trump's first Muslim ban. That ban was struck down by multiple courts. And even Trump finally abandoned it on the advice of his lawyers..."

Trump's other recent nomination, that of Thomas Barr for a federal district court judgeship, is even more obviously racist, for a reason that may not directly involve immigration, but is closely related to it. as the notorious career of former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach clearly shows.

As New York Magazine explains, Barr has an appalling record of trying to suppress African-American votes in North Carolina, in the same way that Kobach became infamous for promoting both anti-immigrant and non-white voter suppression legislation in a number of states, before becoming the the head of Trump's failed and since abandoned "voter fraud" commission

As Kobach's career shows, attacks on immigrants and suppression of non-white voting are two sides of the same racist coin, and cannot be regarded as separate issues.

For New York Magazine's report on Barr's nomination, which has now evidently been blocked by a courageous black Republican Senator, Tim Scott of South Carolina, see:

Thomas Farr's Loss is Black North Carolina's Gain

Whether these two inseparably joined white supremacist policies, immigrant scapegoating and voter suppression, could lead to Trump's impeachment, is a topic that is well worth further discussion. I will address this issue in a forthcoming comment.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law