In a comment originally posted on September 24 and updated December 10, vox.com reports that as of December 10. the last day for public comment on the Trump administration's wildly expanded definition of the Public Charge grounds of inadmissibility,.over 150,000 comments form the public, most of which can be presumed to be opposed to the new rules, have been submitted by mail or online.

It remains to be seen whether the Trump administration will pay the slightest attention to any of them, instead of rushing to put the final rule into effect as soon as possible, when it is absolutely certain to be challenged in court.

As the vox article points out, the Public Charge exclusion grounds have a long history of being used as a means of enforcing racially bigoted policies, beginning with being used against Chinese immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries,

In reality, this form of prejudice, which runs totally counter to United Nations policy of eliminating all forms of discrimination, racism and xenophobia against immigrants (as I will be describing in a forthcoming comment), has an even earlier origin, It was originally used against Irish immigrants in the mid 19th century, (as documented by CUNY Professor Hidetaka Hirota in recent publications).

Also to America's everlasting shame, Public Charge inadmissibility rounds were used against Jewish immigrants applying for US visas in order to escape Nazi persecution in the 1930's and early 1940's. Many of these rejected applicants later died in Hitler's ovens and gas chambers.at Auschwitz and other death camps.

According to the vox article, the proposed changes could potentially bar millions of future immigrants from less affluent (i.e. non-white) parts of the world from being granted legal visas or obtaining green cards in the future, in what can only be called a major form of ethnic cleansing (my term - most journalists euphemistically call it "demographic redistribution" instead).

In addition, the new, greatly expanded, Public Charge definitions could have a chilling effect on millions of immigrants already in the US who might not actually be affected by the new rules, but who might still be afraid to use public services such as food stamps, Medicaid or government programs that could be essential to the health and welfare of their families, and which which millions of Americans also commonly use.

The new Public Charge rules also amount to a major authoritarian attempt to rewrite America's immigration laws by administrative fiat, without the consent of Congress, in support of the same openly white supremacist immigration agenda that we are seeing in so many other areas of immigration policy in the Donald Trump Era.

For more details, see vox.com (December 10)

Immigration: Last day to comment on Trump "public charge" plan

https://www.vox.com/2018/9/24/178923...trump-comments

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law