In a January 2015 "Immigration Handbook" for Congressional Republicans, Stephen Miller's former boss, Jeff Sessions (who would later become Donald Trump's first attorney general before being unceremoniously kicked out for unrelated reasons), tried to justify one of the most overtly racist immigration laws in US history, the infamous "national origins" immigration act of 1924 (which an up and coming German politician named Adolf Hitler also had high praise for) on the grounds that it allegedly helped to protect American jobs against competition from foreign workers.

This same argument has long been one of the key talking points by immigration opponents in the United States, who insist that their agenda is not based on race, but on economics.

However, this argument has never prevented Congress from approving legislation providing additional visas for white, European immigrants, as was the case with the "AA-1" visa lottery in the early 1990's, before it later morphed into the current, racially neutral, Diversity lottery which Trump and his supporters are now so eager to abolish.

Now, the House, led by outgoing speaker Paul Ryan, in an act of supreme hypocrisy, has done this once again by passing a proposal to allocate unused Australian H-3 visas (which are equivalent to H-1B) to one country only - Ireland, as ThinkProgress reports:.. irish-workers-while-latino-migrants-languish-at-the-border-e1478ce6205/

This is not to say that immigrants from Ireland or other parts of Europe should not be welcome in the US. Of course they should be welcome and are welcome..

But are there no equally deserving IT, engineering, financial or other skilled and well-educated specialty workers from India, China, and elsewhere in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America who would also welcome a chance for a few more of these visas too? Why pick Ireland only?

The answer, of course, is all too obvious. "Protecting American jobs", it seems, is only a matter of prime urgency when the jobs need to be "protected" against brown or black immigrants, as in the case of Donald Trump's "Buy American - Hire American" (BAHA) executive order.

However, when the goal is to give preference to white immigrants, then "protecting American workers" somehow becomes a great deal less urgent.

This underscores the fact that that opposition to immigration is, at its core, racial, or to use the currently in vogue euphemistic expression, "cultural", especially in the Donald Trump era.

Mimi Yang, a professor of Spanish and Chinese languages and Asian studies, at Carthage College in Wisconsin, wrote a brilliant piece in 2017, not long after the beginning of the Trump presidency, on a Cultural Studies Association website site called Lateral, with the title:

The Trump Wall: A Cultural Wall and a Cultural War

She writes:

"The Trump era writes such an American narrative by intensifying racial tensions and heightening xenophobia...The cultural war on who has a say about what America is or should be did not start from the Trump era, but has been fueled and repurposed by his racist...and anti-Muslim rhetoric among many other derisive statements about minorities and marginalized groups."

The unfolding of the Trump-Miller white supremacist immigration agenda since the above article was written, with its program of vast reductions in non-white legal immigration - by

1) issuing petition denials instead of RFE's;

2) recklessly distorting public charge exclusion rounds;

3) turning away and locking up legitimate asylum-seekers at the Mexican border;

4) pushing to abolish extended family and Diversity immigration; and

5) appallingly, planning to deport Vietnamese refugees who have has legal status in the United States for decades.

to name only a few of the cruelties and manifestation of hatred against legal immigrants of color in Donald Trump's and Stephen Miller's America Trump-Miller was on non-white legal immigrants, bear out the validity of Professor Yang prescient article, which I will discuss further in future comments.

Her should be read by everyone who cares about preserving our racially tolerant, multi-ethnic immigration system as we know it today.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law