The Washington Post reports on June 16 that the United Nations Human Rights Council is planning to investigate police violence and systemic racism in the United States. See:

https://washingtonpost.com/world/2020/06/16/un-human-rights-council-turn-attention-systemic-racism-united-states/


The Post reports:

"Now. amid mass police accountability protests across the United States, UNHRC is set to turn its attention to America. The body will hold a rare "urgent debate" Wednesday on human rights in the United States, and African countries are circulating a draft resolution calling for a high level investigation into US racism and police violence."

It is not surprising that African nations should be particularly concerned about US racism. This is not onl because of police killings of African-Americans in the United States, but because Trump ans Stephen Miller have singled out African countries in particular for expanding the visa ban which began as the Muslim ban "only" in 2017.

Trump's has not only added Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, to the original visa ban (often euphemistically referred to as a "travel ban" in the US media) , but he added three other African countries as well, after making vile, racist remarks about African and other mainly black countries in general, which will forever be part of his legacy as president.

Nor is this the fist time that Trump's persecution of nonwhite immigrants has drawn criticism from the UN. The Post also reports:

"The 2018 decision [by the United States to withdraw from the UNHRC] coincided with criticism of the United States from U.N. officials: Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the U.N. commissioner for human rights, the very same week called the treatment of migrant children at U.S. borders 'unconscionable'.

But it is not only Trump's persecution of nonwhite immigrant children that raises human rights concerns. Trump. Miller, and other high administration officials have created a long list of actions impacting mainly nonwhite immigrants. These include not only Trump's barbaric "Remain in Mexico" policy and the inhuman conditions in his immigration prisons, but also , more recently, Millers latest novel, expanded Public Charge rule and his latest entry ban against many categories of green card applicants.

This exercise in racism and dictatorship may soon be be followed by a ban against nonimmigrant skilled workers, using the novel coronavirus as a pretext.

The Trump-Miller agenda of human rights violations against nonwhite immigrants, legal as well as irregular, will be examined further in my upcoming comments.



Roger Algase
Attorney at Law