As America erupts with angry protests over the brutal police killing of George Floyd, Donald Trump "commemorated" this incident with a vile, racist tween that had its origins in the segregation era. See, Vox:

https://www.vox.com/identities/2020/05/29/21274754/racist-history-trump-when-the looting-starts-the-shooting-starts

Trump's overtly racist tweet directed against African-Americans gave rise to a whole slew of media articles about how racism against black and brown people is deeply ingrained in American society.

But while protests against racism against nonwhite American citizens are now boiling over across the entire nation, there has been less attention or outrage expressed against the openly racist agenda that Trump and his chief immigration advisor and Grand Inquisitor, Stephen Miller, have been pursuing against brown and black immigrants from the first few days when Trump took office after losing the popular election tally to Hillary Clinton by almost 3 million votes.

This agenda of hate, which began with Trump's first Muslim Ban diktat (which had to be considerably "watered down" - as Trump himself accurately stated - before even the Supreme Court's ideological right wing Republican majority would approve it), has been followed by a steady stream of human rights violations - if not actual Crimes Against Humanity - impacting mainly nonwhite immigrants. These actions culminated in Trump's announcement of his intent to place a "total ban" on legal immigration on April 20 - one of the darkest anniversaries in the history of racism in the entire modern era.

Therefore, while America protests against continuing this nation's long history of racism against minority US citizens, it is also time to examine our nation's long history of racism against immigrants - a history which Trump and Miller are not only reviving, but are building on and expanding.

One of the most comprehensive and incisive explanations of this shameful tradition, which is at the heart of Trump's and Miller's white supremacist anti-immigrant agenda today, appeared two years ago in a New York Times article by Vanderbilt University history professor Paul A, Kramer, entitled:


Trump's Anti-Immigrant Racism Represents an American Tradition

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/22/opinion/trumps-anti-immigrant-racism-represents-an-american-tradition.html

Kramer writes as follows: with regard to Trump's notorious January, 2018 "shithole countries" comment. which now seems to have been relegated to the media's "memory hole", but still clearly forms the basis of his administration's regarding both legal and unauthorized immigration.

"President Trump has inspired widespread outrage and disgust with his crude, racist, disparagement of Haiti, El Salvador and African nations and the predominantly black and brown immigrants from these places...

Public utterances like Mr. Trump's have and should inspire outrage, but we need to go deeper, challenging the racist views - both flagrant and soft pedaled - that have long shaped America's immigration policy. And we need to ask hard questions about the ways in which racism has decisively, durably shaped the immigration debate in ways that usually go unnoticed."


These words were written before Stephen Miller's more than 900 white supremacist emails were revealed, advocating a return to the openly racist 1924 "national origins" immigration act which effectively cut off most nonwhite immigration to the US for the next 40 years, and which was also applauded by the European fascist movement. They were written before the full appalling cruelty of Trump's "Remain in Mexico" policy against desperate asylum-seekers went into effect.

They were written before Miller's openly racist inflated and expanded version of the Public Charge bar which was overtly aimed against legal immigrants from less less affluent nonwhite countries took effect this past February 24 - again with the connivance of a right-wing Republican Supreme Court majority, which turned a blind eye to the obvious bigotry that inspired this authoritarian regulation - which seeks to undo 50 years of Congressional legislation protecting minority immigrants from discrimination.


And Professor Kramer's article was also written two years before Trump's and Miller's attempt to use the deaths of 100,000 Americans from Covid-19 - due in large part to Trump's deliberate refusal to take action to protect the nation against this deadly pestilence.- as a pretext for Trump's most recent authoritarian proclamation barring mainly nonwhite immigrants from all parts of the world entering the US legally (with, also, some white European immigration "collateral damage" as well).

We cannot fully understand the real significance of the Trump-Miller anti-immigrant agenda without a full and honest look at this history, which I will examine further in my forthcoming comments.


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