Evidently oblivious to the nationwide protests against systemic racism in America which have convulsed the nation ever since the police killing of George Floyd, Donald Trump, the President of the United States, reveled in a crowd of supporters at a June 24 rally in a Phoenix church who cheered him on as he repeated his vicious anti-Asian "kung flu" racial slur. Even after almost four years of Trump's constant vilification of Latino, black, Muslim, and other nonwhite immigrants, it is difficult to believe that America has sunk this low.

As if to underscore the point he was trying to make, Trump, plastered the stage with signs saying "ACTION". And he has not disappointed his "base" supporters who cheer on his racist ACTION as well as his insults.

Nowhere has Trump's reliance on racist ACTION been more apparent than in his immigration agenda. His April 22 and June 22 bans on legal immigration are only the two latest examples of Trump's racist anti-immigrant ACTION that began in the first very few days after he took office as president in 2017.

One could even look on Trump's Phoenix hate rally - because that is what it was - as a celebration of the first day , June 24, 2020 - that Trump's visa ban order against H-1B and other skilled, well-educated immigrant professionals - a high percentage of whom are from India and other Asian countries - went into effect.

The Washington Post quotes Chris Lu, a former cabinet secretary in the Obama administration, as follows concerning Trump's use of racial invective:

"The fact that he got the crowd so riled up was just chilling...In that really primal desire to get a rise out of the crowd and get that affirmation he wants, he went to this place that has such bad consequences for Asian-Americans broadly and for Asian-American kids in particular. It's a joke to him but not to us."

See, June 24:

With 'kung flu',Trump sparks backlash over racist language - and a rallying cry for supporters

But this was more than just one of Trump's long litany of racist insults against non-white immigrants as president: "snakes", "invaders", "criminals", "terrorists", "MS-13" - the list goes on and on. It was also a summary of Trump's entire war on legal as well as irregular immigrants who are not from "Countries like Norway: to use his own words. What is at stake is essentially an attempt to eliminate legal immigration entirely (as Trumps said himself on June 20) - or at least legal immigrant from outside Europe, which has been Stephen Miller's goal as shown in more than 900 of his emails.

The question is how will the American public react to Trump's openly white supremacist immigration agenda. Simply pulling down Confederate statutes, which seems to be a favorite topic in the news media which have largely ignored or downplayed immigration - along with the Democratic leadership - is not an effective response. More ACTION is needed.

Make no mistake about it. Donald Trump id trying to dismantle America's legal immigration system, or at least large parts of it in order to keep nonwhite immigrants out of the United States and force large numbers of those who are already in the US to leave, What is needed in response is ACTION to dismantle Trump's anti-immigrant agenda: the visa bans - the consular visa office closings - Miller's new Public Charge rules - the huge increase in unjustified RFE's and denials of petitions for skilled professional and other highly qualified immigrants - the attempt to gut the asylum system - the assault on family and diversity based immigration - to name only some of the policies that Trump and Miller have instituted to take America back toward the openly white supremacist Europeans only immigration regime of 1924.

This ACTION must at many levels - in the media, in Congress, in the courts, and above all - at the ballot box this November. Will the American people remain largely silent in the face of Trump's racist immigration agenda? Or can we find the courage to speak out and take ACTION to stop it before this country actually winds up back where it was in 1924? We are already more than half way there.


Roger Algase
Attorney at Law