Update, August 7, 10:05 am.

I have just been watching a live session with Trump answering questions from reporters. One reporter asked him if he thought that his rhetoric had anything to do with the shooting in El Paso.

Trump answered no, his rhetoric "brings people together". He didn't say what kind of people his rhetoric is "bringing together" but his statements and actions against brown immigrants make the answer to that question all too clear.

My earlier comments appear below.

Update, August 6 at 8:20 pm:

Can anyone imagine what Trump's reaction wold have been if the El Paso shooter had been a Muslim? Moustafa Bayoumi, writing in The Guardian on August 6, did imagine what that would have been like, and his article is must reading for anyone who cares about the survival of democracy and civil liberties in Donald Trump's America. See:

If the El Paso shooter had been Muslim...


My original comment appears below.

On August 5, in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings, Trump finally spoke out for the first time as president against white supremacy, in the following words:

"The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed with racist hate. In one voice, our nation must condemn bigotry, hatred and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated."

See: ThinkProgress (August 5)

Hell froze over and Donald Trump called out white supremacy


But shortly before uttering these stirring words, which every American who believes in racial equality and justice can support and welcome, the president tweeted a proposal to tie gun control to the while supremacist immigration legislative agenda which he has been pushing for during most of his presidency to date. His ealy morning tweet was as follows:

"We cannot let those killed in El Paso Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, die in vain. Likewise for those so seriously wounded. We can never forget them, and those many who came before them. Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks...perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events."

See: ThinkProgressAugust 5:

Trump speaks out against shootings by reinforcing his own racist immigration policies


The appalling cynicism of Trump's attempt to use the loss of life and suffering of the victims and their families at the hands of a killer suspect, who was almost certainly inspired by Trump's own white supremacist anti-immigrant rhetoric, in order to promote legislation that would carry out that same white supremacist agenda, is obvious.

One has only to look at the types of legislative proposals that Trump has been making during the past year or two relating to immigration.

First, there was his support for the notorious Republican RAISE Act proposal, which would have cut legal immigration in half and skewed the system in favor of highly educated, English-speaking immigrants (obviously anticipated to be mainly from Europe).

Trump' has also again and again called for abolishing the Africa-friendly diversity green card lottery and eliminating all family immigration (which he falsely labels as "chain migration" an openly racist term used by white supremacist immigration opponents) beyond the immediate relative category - something which would lead to a huge reduction in non-white immigration.

Trump has also called for making changes in the asylum laws which would have a drastic effect on immigration from Central America, Africa and other nonwhite areas of the world.

He has also used executive orders. such as the Muslim Ban and the patently illegal "Buy American - Hire American" order, (which is in total conflict with the entire purpose and spirit of the INA) as well as other administrative measures, to make legal immigration much more difficult, as Muslim immigrants, H-1B applicants and green card applicants affected by new draconian Public Charge rules know all too well.

Since so many of Trump's white supremacist immigration administrative actions have been challenged in various federal courts, it is not inconceivable that Trump might also be looking to include these bigoted policies in the legislation which he wants to hold gun control hostage to.

ThinkProgress comments in the last-cited above article as follows:

"It would not be the first time that Trump held the country hostage to a xenophobic agenda. At the end of last year, Trump was so insistent that hid border wall be funded by the American people that he allowed the government to be shutdown for a record 35 days. He later declared a 'national emergency' at the border to empower himself to circumvent Congress. His administration is also reportedly considering reducing the number of refugee admissions to zero next year, essentially closing the border to those fleeing for their lives."


What a way to "honor" the memory of the 22 El Paso victims who have died (so far) at the hands of a suspected white supremacist killer who was, according to all indications, influenced by Trump's own hate-filled anti-immigrant record.

And, once again, isn't there a message for the Democratic leadership in this as well ?

Instead of holding up impeachment hearings in order to pursue an endless paper chase for the Holy Grail of a Mueller smoking gun, which the media and much of the public have lost interest in anyway, shouldn't the Democrats be moving ahead with impeachment based on the racism and violence that Trump is inflicting on America through his ethnic cleansing agenda against nonwhite immigrants, and his stirring up hatred against their American Congressional and other supporters?

Isn't it time for some real action - not only to save America's racially equal, color-blind immigration system (such as it is) but to preserve our democracy itself?

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law