A January 7 Washington Post story paints a horrifying picture of an arguably deranged US president raging at his closest advisers while still refusing to accept the reality that he lost last November's presidential election, in an example of what can only be called bunker mentality. With only a few exceptions, even Trump's closet supporters and advisers are now rushing out the door, amid growing calls for Trump's removal from office under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

See, WP:

After inciting mob attack, Trump retreats in rage. Then, grudgingly, he admits his loss

The WP writes:

"Yet it was Trump's assault on democracy over tha past two months, culminating with Wednesday's attack on the Capitol, that has left him as isolated as he has ever been in his four years as president. An array of top aides...abruptly resigned. Many more privately discussed whether to follow suit. Some of those who stayed on kept their distance from the vengeful president, and none stepped forward to defend his complicity in the attack..."

The article goes on, based on a slew of anonymous interviews with White House officials and staffers, to paint a grim picture of an irrational president, insisting against all reality that he really won the November election, raging against "betrayal" by Mile Pence and other officials and supporters who have insisted on following the laws and Constitution of the United States by upholding the validity of the November election.

The above raises serious questions about the president's stability which are giving rise to growing calls for his removal, by impeachment, if not through the 25th amendment. But what does this say about Trump's immigration policies during the past four years? Do they pass the test of rationality as well? Or are they also part of a syndrome that has led to the current signs of what might well be called a psychologically challenged condition on the part of the president.

If any one term can be used to describe Donald Trump's immigration agenda during the past four years, it would be that of consistent, intense and irrational hatred of nonwhite immigrants from every part of the world, beginning with Trump's initial Muslim ban executive order almost immediately upon taking office in 2017, and continuing straight through to Stephen Miller's expanded Public Charge rule, which is the biggest attempt to cut off nonwhite legal immigration since the notorious 1924 Notional Origins immigration Act.

In between, there are countless examples of anti-immigrant hatred and and cruelty instigated and put into effect by Trump during the past four years that go beyond the bounds of rationality. To name just a few, there have been Family Separation, "Remain in Mexico", the attempt to end DACA, the almost total ban on entry by legal refugees, the recent failed attempt to subvert the INA and destroy the H-1B visa through new regulations, mas deportation and incarceration in ICE private prisons with conditions normally associated with concentration camps; attempts to end the asylum system for all practical purposes; and constant demonization of both legal and unauthorized immigrants as "criminals", "job stealers" "MS-13" ,and, most outrageous of aall, carriers of the Covid-19 pandemic (which Trump has repeatedly referred to by the racist terms "China Flu" and "Kung Flu") and which Trump has done so much to spread himself, resulting in the deaths of more than 350,000 people in America to date.

I is no exaggeration to say that, with few exceptions, almost the entire basis of Donald Trump's immigration agenda, from the moment he took office as president up to now, has been based on hatred, lies and state violence - very similar to what we have been witnessing during the past nine weeks in Trump's reaction to his electoral defeat.

The Washington Post editorial board writes as follows on January 7 with regard to the mob which the president incited to attack the US Capitol in a fruitless attempt to block Congressional certification of Biden's election victory:

"But we can also hope that the event will jolt [Trump's supporters] away, for the long haul, from Mr. Trump's toxic politics of inflaming - not healing - the divides between Americans. That will require repudiating no only Mr. Trump himself but also his politics of untruth and demonization."

Donald Trump's (and Stephen Miller's) immigration agenda for the past four years, has been a glaring example of untruth and demonization, regarding both legal immigrants and immigration who do not have status in the US or have entered without authorization. America must not only repudiate Trump's attack on our democracy, but virtually his entire hate-based immigration agenda as well.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law