Update: May 26, 12:30 p.m.

For the very latest comment on how Republican Racism is poisoning every aspect of American government and society, not just immigration, see Dana Milbank in the Washington Post (May 25)

Rarely has the GOP fixation on race shown all its ugly facets like this

My original comment follows:

The current Republican attempt to whip up fear and hysteria over the recent "surge" in unauthorized Mexican border crossings in the US in large part by unaccompanied children and abused women from Central America who present no conceivable danger to the US is only one aspect of the strategy of a party that has been trying to find ways to keep nonwhite immigrants out of the US for the past 30 years or more - long before Donald trump came on the presidential scene with his open, unabashed agenda of anti-immigrant racial bigotry.

Beginning withe the 1996 IIRIRA law through to the failed 2017 RAISE Act discussed in my previous comments, the Republican approach to both legal and unauthorized immigration has been based on president Richard Nixon's infamous "Southern Strategy" of appealing to white voters who supported the pre-civil rights era racial segregation laws.

This strategy has been aided and abetted by a timid mainstream press which is given to talking about white "grievance" or "resentment" against the "demographic changes" occurring in America through the increase in immigration from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, instead of using more accurate words such as "racism", "bigotry" and "White Supremacy."

But racism and bigotry against nonwhite or other unpopular minority immigrants have much deeper roots in our immigration system than the present Republican attempts to curry favor with a white supremacist voter "base". George Mason law professor and Cato Institute scholar Ilya Somin who wrote the following in the wake of last November's election, (which many Republican voters still believe was "stolen", according to the anti-democratic Big Lie being spread by Donald Trump and his supporters).

"Like domestic racial discrimination, immigration restrictions often arise from bigotry. Anti-Chinese racism was a key motive behind the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the first major federal law restricting immigration. Prejudice against Jewish and other southern and eastern European immigrants culminated in the severely restrictive 1924 Immigration Act. Even today, prejudice against Latino immigrant plays an important role in the politics of immigration. Trump's travel bans, which Biden plans to reverse, were the result of blatant appeals to religious prejudice against Muslims, as Trump's own statements made clear."


Since taking office, President Biden has eliminated many of the Trump regime's most overt forms of anti-immigrant racial discrimination, such as the Muslim Ban and the Trump/Miller new Public Charge rule, which was meant to have a devastating effect on family-based legal immigration form outside the relatively wealthy countries of Europe. What more does Biden need to do to eliminate racial discrimination from our immigration system?

The answer is much more, as will be shown in Part 2 of this series.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law