Some people have asked why I focus so much on racism in my comments on immigration as opposed to other immigration issues. The answer is that during Donald Trump's four years in the White House, he and Stephen Miller put the goal of deporting as many immigrants of color as possible, while closing America's borders to nonwhite legal immigrants as the centerpiece of their immigration agenda. Therefore, the first six months of President Biden's administration should be judged according to how much of the Trump/Miller racist agenda has been rolled back.

The answer is that some of the Trump/Miller era of anti-immigrant racism has been reversed, but not enough. What is missing is a comprehensive strategy of tearing down the invisible wall that Trump and Miller built up against brown immigrants, and which Miller was planning to expand to make legal immigration, especially for nonwhite immigrants, even more difficult if Trump had won a second term.

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To do this President Biden needs an anti-Miller Stephen Miller to direct the new administration's immigration system. So far, no such person has appeared. To be sure, President Biden has cancelled or withdrawn some of the most vicious and inhuman features of Trump's and Miler's racist agenda, such as the Muslim Ban, the draconian new green card Public Charge rule, the "Remain in Mexico" policy which was arguably a Crime Against Humanity, and the attempt to destroy the H-1B visa that was primarily directed against highly skilled and educated Asian professional immigrants.

But much more needs to be done to restore equality, fairness and justice to our immigration system.

Most of all, President Biden should not let himself be intimidated by white supremacist propaganda about the so-called "border crisis" caused by desperate Central Americans, mainly women and children, seeking refuge in the US from violence and poverty in their home countries.

Having VP Kamala Harris tell these refugees not to come to the US, and sending her to the border, showed lamentable weakness on Biden's part. It sent a message that he might not be not willing to stand up for the human rights of brown immigrants if Trump and his white nationalist supporters raise their voices too high - as they certainly will continue to do.

President Biden also needs to address many other injustices which have long been part of the immigration system - long before Trump. These include a long-standing culture, dating at least from the time of the Clinton administration, of openly biased and highly politicised decisions by USCIS examiners in H-1B and other skilled work visa cases - as I will discuss in detail in forthcoming comments

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
Harvard College A,B.
Harvard Law School LL.B