Bigotry against minority immigrants thinly disguised as adopting "Merit Based" policies is rapidly moving ahead on both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK, Boris Johnson has announced a "Point System" designed to discourage immigration from Eastern Europe, as a follow-up to Brexit, which cut off the free flow of immigrants from that area.

The Hill reports that the pretext
for adoption of the new system is allegedly to encourage British companies to adopt high-tech strategies that will supposedly free them from dependence on "low skilled" Eastern European labor.

https://thehill.com/policy/international/europe/483681-britain-announces-immigration-policy-barring-unskilled-migrants

One might regard this pretext as an "advance" of some sort over the rationale adopted by the US in 1924, which barred most Eastern European and other non-Nordic" immigrants on the grounds of "Eugenics", i.e. supposed racial inferiority.

It is an indisputable historical fact that the 1924 US law gave encouragement and impetus to the rise of fascism in Europe. Today, Europe is dealing with its own neo-fascist movements based on bigotry against Muslim and other Middle Eastern and African immigrants.

The UK is now on the point of adopting its own contribution to this regime of anti-immigrant bigotry. Has anything changed in more than 100 years?

But Donald Trump is not the kind of president who easily allows himself for be outdone, even by his UK friend and ally, Boris Johnson - at least not when it comes to bigoted immigration policies. Trump supported the racist RAISE act introduced by two anti-immigrant Republican allies in the Senate which would have accomplished a similar goal to the UK's Point System by barring mainly immigrants from outside Europe in the interests of so-called "Merit-based" immigration - i;e immigration from manily white Europe.

Trump has also loudly called for the abolition of most forms of family immigration, which was originally enacted in 1965 to enhance America's white majority status but later became a main vehicle for non-European immigration. But since neither of these bigoted proposals had any chance of being approved by Congress, Trump is now trying to accomplish the same thing through Stephen Miller's' new, greatly expanded "Public Charge" rule, which is expressly design to and very well may lead to a drastic reduction in non-European legal immigration.


I will be writing about Public Charge, which will take effect beginning on Monday, February 24 a day that will "live in infamy" in US immigration history, more detail in upcoming comments.

The irony in all of this, is that while Trump and his allies tout the supposed virtue of "Merit-Based" immigration as a cover for Trump's and Stephen Miller's agenda of racism and bigotry, the Trump administration is also savagely attacking and trying to dismantle the H-1B program, which is the epitome of highly skilled, "Merit-Based" immigration by any standard.

It is no coincidence that so many highly skilled and educated H-1B immigrants come from India and other countries outside of Europe. I will also be wring more about H-1B as the registration period for this year's cap-subject petitions fast approaches.



Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
Harvard Law School LL.B
Harvard College A.B.