As shown by the recent Brookings Institution report that I have referred to in previous comments, glaring evidence if structural discrimination against brown and black immigrants in the US immigration system goes back to a time long before Donald Trump - who, with the eager help of Stephen Miller, did everything in his power to make anti-immigrant racial discrimination even worse. The Brookings Institution report states:

"In sum, from the early 1900's through the 1960's, millions of predominantly white immigrants entered the country unlawfully, but faced virtually no threat of apprehension or deportation. Businesses lawfully employed these immigrants, who were eligible for public benefits when they fell on hard times.

By contrast, the undocumented population today - mostly Latino and overwhelmingly people of color, [have] none of the privileges accorded to previous generations of white immigrants. The toughening of immigration laws coincided with a shift of immigration from Europe to newcomers from Latin America, Asia and Africa, often in the context of racialized debates targeted mainly at Latinos...Reducing lawful means of immigration predictably led to a rise in unauthorized entries, which was met with calls for tougher enforcement."

The report continues:

"Unlike prior generations of undocumented immigrants, the punitive immigration policies of today [have] implications for the families of "illegal aliens" including an estimated six million of their US citizen or lawfully present family members. They not only live every day under the treat of family separation via deportation, but are largely denied public benefits, extending the negative implications of the structural racism present in the immigration system.

President Trump used openly racialized appeals to justify anti-immigrant practices, but he needn't have, since our immigration system embodies te assumption that today's immigrants of color are undeserving of the privileges afforded to previous generations of white European immigrants."

A very recent example of the harshness of US immigration law when mainly nonwhite immigrants are involved compared with previous laxity when most immigrants were white is today's (June 7) unanimous US Supreme Court decision confirming, that under current US immigration law. TPS holders who entered the US without authorization are not allowed to adjust status to become permanent residents.

But America is not the only country in the world that can be justly accused of structural racism against brown and black immigrants. America;s staunch ally, Israel, which is recognized and admired around he world, including myself, as a bastion of freedom and democracy and as a homeland for the Jewish people that was created as a nation in the wake of the holocaust his its own long standing problem regarding policies toward its own brown and black Jewish immigrant population - especially Jews from Ethiopia.

I am not writing about the Israel/Palestinian conflict, which is entirely beyond the scope of this comment. I am only discussing Israel's discrimination against fellow Jews who have a darker skin color.

First, I will begin with some anecdotal evidence of my own from a visit to Israel many years ago, just after my graduation from Harvard College and before I entered Harvard Law School. I was staying a kibbutz (communal farm) in northern Israel, and my cabin-mate happened to be a a young Jewish man from India. He complained bitterly to me about the discrimination he was encountering at the kibbutz, where no one wanted to be his friend because of his skin color.

On previous visits to Israel, I had also heard Israelis contemptuously refer to all North African Jewish immigrants, regardless of skin color. Hopefully, those attitudes may now have changed. I cannot say because I haven't been to Israel in many years.

But, according to z recent report, there is a long standing problem regarding official government policy toward the Ethiopian Jewish population in Israel.

See, Times of Israel:

As world roils, Ethiopian-born minister leads 'wake-up' call on racism in Israel

To be continued in Part 2 of this 2-part series.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law