Faced with the same kind of nationwide outrage that forced him to abandon his inhuman child separation activity a year ago, Trump has called off his threatened ICE mass deportation raids against Latino and other nonwhite immigrant families for at least the next two weeks. This is an apparent effort to bludgeon Democrats into agreeing to changes on the immigration laws which, based on Trump's previous statements, would in all likelihood, make it much harder for mainly nonwhite family, diversity and asylum applicants to immigrate legally to the US.

But, even though temporarily postponed Trump's mass deportation threat still remains as a form of state terror against immigrant families. See Washington Post: June 23:

Despite delay in ICE raids, immigrant communities mobilize for roundups.

This continues a pattern of anti-immigrant brutality, terror and inhumanity which began with child separation in June, 2018 and is now continuing with the mass deportation threat and with inhuman internment centers for children and families which have, not without justification, been compared by some immigrant advocates to concentration camps. See: June 24, New York Magazine

The Inhumane Conditions at Migrant Detention Camps


and, also in June 20, New York Magazine:

Why Migrant Detention Centers are Concentration Camps


But it is not necessary to get into a semantic debate over whether the words "concentration camp" strictly apply to Trump's detention centers, where immigrant children are reportedly denied toothbrushes, soap, blankets and are forced to sleep on cold floors.

The fact that Trump's detention centers do not have gas chambers or torture facilities does not make them fit for human beings to live in.

But Donald Trump's brutal immigrant detention centers or concentration camps, whichever one wants to call them, together with his threat to have ICE conduct mass deportation arrests in major cities across America, go beyond merely being terrorizing tactics against immigrant families whom Trump want to lock up and expel because they are not from "Countries like Norway."

They are the beginnings of fascist rule which threatens the freedom and safety of all Americans.

See the prescient warning a year ago by Ishaan Tharoor in the Washington Post a year ago, on June 25, 2018, writing about Trump's child separation:

Trump's hard-line view of immigration draws parallels to the 1930s.

Tharoor writes:

"The president's rhetoric, do baldly demagogic and polarizing, led a host of pundits and analysts to point to the echoes of a darker past, when the vilification of minorities preceded both the collapse of democracy and far more violent ends."


As we speak now, Trump's tactics of state terror and brutality are directed against immigrants only. But if recent history is any guide, this could well be only a prelude to the use of terror against everyone who opposes Trump, who has not hesitated accuse people who disagree with him on immigration or any other issue of "treason".

Will Trump's mass roundups and concentration-style, inhuman detention centers one day soon be used against American too? As his actions against brown immigrants come more and more to resemble those of used by fascist regimes in the past, it becomes more urgent than ever before to ask whether our democracy can survive Trump's violations of the basic human rights of nonwhite immigrants.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law