As I discussed in my October 21 Immigration Daily comment, immigrant rights advocates are expressing shock and dismay over draconian anti-immigrant proposals that are now being put forward by leading Republicans such as Texas governor Greg Abbot. These proposals focus on expanding the mass expulsions and detention of nonwhite immigrants, especially those seeking entry at the US-Mexican border, that became the centerpiece of the Trump-Miller regime. Immigration advocates are calling these proposals "harmful", "punitive" and "mean-spirited", which they certainly are.

But the anti-immigrant proposals which Republican politicians are now putting forth are much more than that. They are a continuation of more than a half century of GOP anti-immigrant racism and white supremacy, which began in reaction to the landmark 1965 immigration reform act that ended 40 years of Europeans only immigration restrictions. See: POLITICO Magazine (August, 2016):


The 1965 Law That Gave the Republican Party its Race Problem

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/08/immigration-1965-law-donald-trump-gop-214179/

In that article, which appeared during the 2016 presidential election campaign, POLITICO wrote:

"The Hart-Celler Act...opened the floodgates to new immigrants when it went into effect in 1968. But the vast majority of them didn't come from Europe; they came instead from Latin America, Africa and Asia. In 1965, non-Hispanic whites comprised over 85 percent of the American population. Fifty years later, that portion is just 62 percent, and falling.

This is also why, 50 years later, Donald Trump is winning 52 percent of the white vote (to Hillary Clinton's 40 per cent) on a platform uniquely unappealing to minority voters..."


Fast forward to 2021, when the Boston Globe writes (on July 24):

"The use of more inflammatory language around immigration, including painting migrants as criminals, is not new to the Republican party.

Anti-immigrant sentiment has approached the party's mainstream at various times since Congress passed legislation in 1965 tackling immigration reform and civil rights - and most recently in California, Arizona and Texas, where the Latino population has grown...

After Trump rode that message into the White House, his attorney general Jeff Sessions and Trump aide Stephen Miller played to white grievances as they reshaped the nation's approach to immigration and the US-Mexico border, drastically curbing the path to asylum, limiting legal forms of migration, and making vilification of immigrants they deemed unwanted a consistent and open theme of the Trump presidency.


https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/07/24/stoking-fears-immigrants-has-been-part-republican-platform-decades-somethng-is-different-this-time/

Regarding both the above quotations, and many similar media comments, one has to ask: Why are the media, and even pro-immigrant advocates, so fixed on using euphemisms such as "unappealing to minority voters" and "white grievances" when they really mean "racism" and "white supremacy"?

Can we really expect to bring about any changes toward bringing about more racial equality, justice and humanity in our immigration system if we are reluctant to describe the actual reality we are dealing with, using the plain but accurate words that describe it best?

However, as much as Trump, Abbott and other Republican leaders are now promoting fear and hysteria about the so called "border crisis" consisting mainly of desperate refugees from Haiti and Central America who are seeking asylum in the US without having the origin from white "Countries Like Norway" that Trump stated was his preferred source for immigration back in 2018, they may soon have an even bigger issue to use as a basis for their racist rhetoric and policy goals.

A just released report that was commissioned by the Biden administration predicts that, in the coming decades, there will be tens of millions of climate refugees caused by global warming. (also euphemistically referred to as "climate change").

https://www.aol.com/news/biden-administration-report-forsees-tens-185342742.html


This will be an ever bigger challenge for Republican politicians who are trying everything in their power to keep America white by cutting off what they call "third world" immigration (another transparently coded racial term), as they have been doing for the past more than fifty years.

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