On November 17, America narrowly dodged the bullet of dictatorship (at least for the moment) when officials responsible for certifying the presidential election results in Wayne County, Michigan, which includes Detroit, at first refused to certify the results. This would have effectively disenfranchised the voters of a large American city for no other reason than that they are predominantly people of color.

Certification in that county, which Biden won by more than 140,000 votes and was crucial to his victory in Michigan, was initially blocked by the two Republican officials on the certifying board, before they finally changed their minds and agreed to allow certification.

Similarly, Trump is filing lawsuits in Pennsylvania and other states where Biden has won or is ahead to try to block votes in Philadelphia and other major cities with large minority populations from bring counted. In effect, Trump is arguing that only white voters have the right to have their votes counted in America.

Gary Younge, a University of Manchester (UK) sociology professor, describes this as follows, writing tin the November 17 issue of The Guardian:

"Trump defied that [inclusive, multiracial] orthodoxy, doubling down on white supremacy, racist rhetoric, and voter suppression. His 2016 victory, and his impressive showing this time, indicates [sic] that Republicans can stay in business with bigotry for the medium term. But its days are numbered. And in order to remain relevant, it must become ever more shrill, crude, discriminatory and exclusionary. Trump's appeal is better understood not as a departure from the US's racial politics, but as an intensification of it:"


Counted out: Trump's desperate fight to stop the minority vote


Nowhere is Trump's drive to gain and hold on to absolute power by exploiting racism than in his and Stephen Miller's agenda of excluding and expelling nonwhite immigrants for the US during the past four years, as well as their plans to take away US birthright citizenship from millions of Americans .of color if Trump somehow manage to hold onto power during the coming four years.

Trump'a and Miller's racist immigration agenda began with the initial Muslim ban order almost immediately on Trump's taking office in January 2017. It ha been followed by many other outrages against the civil and human rights of both legal and unauthorized immigrants, including but not limited to, family separation, "Remain in Mexico", attempting to end DACA and TPS; and, most recently, the new Public Charge rule aimed primarily against nonwhite family-baaed legal immigrants; and the new, narrow definition of "specialty occupation" that is intended to make H-1B almost entirely unavailable in the future.

Fortunately, Incoming President Biden should be able to reverse most, if not all, of these authoritarian acts of anti-immigrant bigotry by the Trump administration soon after taking office. But Stephen Miller's attempt to eliminate most, or all, nonwhite legal immigration through regulations and executive orders has been so pervasive and extensive, that Biden may need the help of an "anti-Miller" top immigration advisor to undo all the damage to immigration that Miller has created, and restore fairness, equality and justice to the entire. system.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law