It is probably a fair guess that if, in 2016, voters had had the power to look four years into the future and see that a Trump presidency would lead to 100,000 Americans dead from a pestilence that Trump initially called a "hoax" and is still resisting efforts to control, and that the nation would be torn by violent protests against official racism and brutality against minorities, Trump,just possibly, might not have been elected as president.

But there is another election coming up in just five months. Trump and his advisers, might also - just possibly - be worried that the coronavirus plague and racial violence now sweeping through the country on Trump's watch might be just enough to lose a few votes here and there in key swing states to put an end to Trump's presidency - that is if Trump doesn't find an excuse to cancel the election and appoint himself president for life - something he has already hinted at on past occasions.

So how to prevent what could be Trump's imminent fall from power in November? The obvious answer is to find scapegoats and center his campaign on stirring up hared against them..

And who, just possibly, might these most convenient scapegoats happen to be? The answer is obvious; the same ones that Trump has made the center of his presidency - brown and black immigrants, legal as well as unauthorized.

Trump's scapegoating of legal immigrants began in the first few days his presidency with his first Muslim ban order in 2017. It may be worth recalling that this initial ban set off widespread protests throughout the United States, now almost entirely forgotten.

By contrast, when Trump, on April 20 of this year, one of the darkest anniversaries of hate and prejudice in all of modern history, announced that he would institute a "total" ban on legal immigration into the United States, using coronavirus as a pretext, there were barely a few yawns in the media. This is how anti-immigrant racism and hate, inflamed and adopted as official policy by the Trump/Miller administration, has become America's new normal.

No one should think for a moment that Trump's so called 60-day "pause" in admitting green card applicants to the United States will last only 60-days. If Trump is reelected this November (or, as is very possible, cancels the election on one pretext or another) the ban on may types of legal immigration that was issued on April 22, could very likely be extended for 60 months rather than 60 days - i.e. for the duration of Trump's entire second term.

Nor should anyone think for a moment that Trump will stop with the ban that was initially announced on the anniversary of Adolf Hitlers' birthday and officially ordered on April 22, two days later. According to reports, plans to widen the ban are already under way.


See, New York Times, April 24:

Trump's Temporary Halt to Immigration Is Part of Broader Plan, Stephen Miller Says

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/24/us/politics/coronavirus-trump-immigration-stephen-miller.html

To be continued in Part 2

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