America is now facing what is very arguably the most dangerous attempt to destroy democracy in the US since the Civil War, coming form what the New York Times calls:

An insurgency From Inside the Oval Office

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/04/us/politics/trump-white-house.html?referringSource=articleShare

In this article, The Times compares Trump's attempts to nullify the democratic election results with the way that dictators in countries such as Russia and Hungary have been able to manipulate the electoral system and seize absolute power. If these was any possible doubt that Donald Trump using the same strategy, that was dispelled by his attempt to browbeat, if not criminally extort, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger into declaring Trump the winner in that state's presidential election.

Trump is now also calling on Vice President Mike Pence to unilaterally set aside the decision of 150 million American voters and declare Trump the election winner when Congress meets on January 6. This is not democracy/ It is dictatorship, pure and simple.

How are immigration advocates reacting to this unprecedented attempt to overthrow America's democracy by a sitting, but defeated US president? Based on the many erudite Business as Usual articles that I have seen online from some of America's top and most highly respected immigration law experts, the attmept to overthrow democracy that Trump and his supporters are now conducting might just as well be tasking place on a different planet. Why is this?

Does anyone who has any familiarity with immigration thing for a moment that immigrants, and immigrant communities will not be affected if Donald Trump and his extreme right-wing supporters, and Congressional co=conspirators who are too cowardly to stand up to him, succeeds in stealing our democracy?

Is everyone so sure that Joe Biden will actually be allowed to take office when Trump is desperately trying to remain in power by any means possible? And what happens if an when Trump is finally forced to leave the White House just over tow weeks from now? Dose anyone seriously thing that he will stop screaming and shouting that the 2020 election was "rigged" against him during the coming four years, undermining faith in our democratic system?

Does anyone believe that these attempts to overthrow democracy have nothing to do with immigration policy? If so, we should look at some of the most recent radical attempts to subvert and overthrow the democratically enacted immigration laws which Trump and Stephen Miller are attempting to accomplish by authoritarian means through executive power and without Congressional approval. Among these are:

1) Miller's new Public Charge rule, which is obviously intended to put an end to most family -based green cards for immigrants from outside Europe,

2) Trump's failed (so far) attempt to gut the entire H-1B program through new regulations,

3) Trump's extension of the visa and green card entry bans until March of this year.

Of course, Biden is expected to reverse these and many other of the authoritarian Trump-Miller immigration policies after he takes office - it Trump's last ditch attempts at dictatorship fail, that is.

It is important to bear in mind that the danger to American democracy - and immigration - goes deeper than just the personal ambitions of Donald Trump. As I have pointed out on numerous occasions, Republican attempts to reduce or cut off immigration from nonwhite parts of the world go back at least 25 years, to the passage of IIRIRA in 1996.

And, for almost as long, if not even longer, the Republican party has been undermining democracy through suppression of minority voters and racial gerrymandering, See The Guardian, January 5:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/05/trump-is-trying-to-thwart-democracy-itself-but-the-problem-is-deeper-than-one-man

Immigrant advocates should also remind themselves that on April 20, 2020, Trump claimed that he had the right to shut down America's entire legal immigration system by executive order. America's democracy will continue to be in acute danger from Trump and his mainly white supremacist supporters, even after he finally leaves office. Immigration advocate need to speak up to defend our democracy. And they need to speak up now, before it is too late.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law