Update: January 29: The Washington Post reports on January 28 that Trump has tweeted fantastically high, apparently totally made up, numbers of "illegal aliens" who are allegedly present in the US, and their alleged "cost" to the US economy.

The same WP report states that White House officials are totally at a loss to provide any basis for the president's wildly inflated numbers, and that they appear to come from a right wing TV channel that Trump was watching.

These utterly delusional numbers, which have no basis in fact whatsoever and do not even deserve to be repeated here, can be accessed through the WP article:

President Trump tweets nonsensical figures on illegal immigration.:

They are just one more item of evidence that Trump's entire immigration agenda is based on such profound and overwhelming malice against brown and black immigrants that even the right ring dominated Supreme Court, which turned a blind eye towards Trump's obvious "animus" in upholding his Muslim ban, will be forced to recognize it.at some point.

There is also an historical analogy which causes some Trump supporters to claim that they fell "offended", but which nonetheless becomes more and more relevant with each one of Trump's malicious anti-immigrant statements.

The comparison is with a certain German dictator who, a century ago, was beginning his rise to power by inventing utterly fantastic, hate-filled lies about the Jews, with horrible consequences that can never be erased from world history.

While, to be sure, Trump and his administration do not advocate mass extermination of any kind, they are now in the process of carrying out a program of mass exclusion and expulsion if immigrants who have different skin colors from those of people from white, European, "Countries like Norway"..

One day, even the Supreme Court will have no choice except to recognize Trump's lies about brown immigrants for what they are - stepping stones to seizing absolute power through fomenting racial divisions.

Congress may also soon have no choice but to make the same recognition through impeachment proceedings, before it becomes too late to save America's democracy.

My original comment follows:

While the media focuses on the usual trivial and superficial stories on how Nancy Pelosi allegedly "won out" over Trump on the Wall funding issue, or how he supposedly "caved" by agreeing to reopen the government for three short weeks without any money for his white nationalist border Wall, Trump's latest threat to declare a national emergency if Congress does not bow down to his will by February 15 is creating an acute crisis for the future of democracy in America.

The real issue is not one of personalities, but of what kind of country America will be in our lifetime and for the generations who will follow. Will America continue to be a democracy devoted to the principle that all human beings are created equal, as set forth in the Declaration of Independence? Or will it become a white nationalist dictatorship - another Hungary, which has built its own Wall against non-white immigrants as its last remnants of democracy flicker out?

How far Donald Trump's America has fallen from the spirit of another another Republican president, Ronald Reagan, who urged Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to tear down the Berlin Wall, not to build a new one on the Mexican border.

Ironically, Krushchev's own great granddaughter, Nina Khrushcheva, now a professor at the New School in New York, warns about the dangers of Trump's Wall in her January 8 article: ,

Trump's wall with Mexico follows in the footsteps of authoritarian leaders throughout history


Professor Khrushcheva's article is not the only warning of the imminent danger to America's democracy that would arise from building Trump's authoritarian Wall through a "national security" declaration.

See also, for another example, ThinkProgress:

Trump backs down from his threat to declare a national emergency - for now


Other commentators, such the Elizabeth Goitein, writing for The Atlantic, have also graphically describes the dangers for our democracy that a national security declaration for building Trump's Wall would present. See:

What Can a President Do During a State of Emergency?

Among the powers she mentions are the power to block access to the Internet and to freeze bank accounts. If Trump were to claim such powers, does anyone who has been listening to his attacks over the past two years on the press, the judiciary, the opposing party, and anyone who does not share his goal of closing America off to non-white immigrants, seriously think that he would hesitate to use these authoritarian measures to set up a dictatorship in America?

I will have more to say about this in forthcoming comments.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law