In the wake of worldwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd, a black US citizen who had no known connection with any immigrant community or movement, the media is saturated with endless stories comments about police racism against African-Americans. But is that really the whole story?

On the surface, of course, Floyd's death shows the need for police reform. But blaming everything on the police ignores the deeper roots of hatred against all people of color that are at the root of the Trump administration's agenda - especially regarding nonwhite immigrants.

American presidents are often remembered by a single line or sentence. Lincoln, for example, is remembered by the phrase: "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

Franklin D. Roosevelt is remembered by: "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." John F. Kennedy is remembered by "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

What line will Donald Trump be remembered for most of all? Without doubt, it will be the following:

"Why do we need more Haitians? Why are we having people from all these shithole countries come here? We should have more people from places like Norway."

And this is not a line or a phrase. It is the heart of Trump's entire immigration agenda, as formulated and put into effect by Trump's top immigration advisor, Stephen Miller. More than 900 recently released emails by Miller are full of white supremacist and anti-immigrant sentiments, including admiration for the 1924 national origins immigration quota law that effectively cut off most nonwhite immigration to the US for 40 years. This US law also gave inspiration to the fascist movement in Europe.

The climate of hatred against immigrants of color that Trump has put at the center for his immigration agenda has also had an obvious effect on nonwhite Americans. If foreign citizens can be barred from coming to America because of the color of their skin (or their religion - see below) how can nonwhite Americans expect to have their human rights protected - including the right to life?

There is a symbiotic, unbreakable, connection between the human rights of Immigrants and those ri of American citizens. This was evident during the 1960' civil rights era when Congress enacted bot the 1965 immigration reform law ending four decades of white supremacist admission policy on the one hand, and also enacted the historic voting rights act which ended a century of state laws preventing Americans of color from voting.

Donald Trump and his Republican supporters are now trying to undermine and destroy both of these laws through authoritarian anti-immigrant decrees and large scale voter suppression.

Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, sums it up accurately on June ll:

"It is increasingly clear to most Americans that we have a severe, widespread racial problem, and it is equally clear that Trump does not get it...Trump rose to to power fanning the flames of white nationalism. There would be divine justice if he were banished from power by the multiracial coalition demanding that we confront racial injustice."

Nowhere has racial injustice in America been more obvious that in Trump's and Miller's regression to a white supremacist immigration agenda resembling that which America adopted in the 1920's and remained in force for the next four decades. The police killing of George Floyd is only one more sign that Americans of color, not just immigrants, are now paying a terrible price for the racism behind this agenda,



Roger Algase
Attorney at Law