One of Donald Trump's favorite accusations against immigrants, also echoed by some of his strongest supporters, is that immigrants are "destroying America." See New York Daily News, March 10, 2021;

https:www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/us-elections-government-/ny-trump-border-biden-immigration-20210310-c6fxcczyzrfvxjchljdivoa3vm-story.html

Almost years earlier, on August 9, 2019, Laura Ingraham (also on Fox News) said the same thing.

https;//www.theguardian.com/media/2018/aug/09/laura-ingraham-fox-news-attacks-immigrants

Many other of Trump's GOP supporters no doubt feel the same way.

What induces Trump and his Republican supporters to make such an extreme statement?
Do immigrants commit crimes at a greater rate than Americans? Do they take American jobs? Are they responsible for spreading Covid-19?

There no indication that any of the above accusations are true, no matter how often Trump and his Republican followers repeat them. Then what is the real reason why Trump and his GOP supporters use such extreme language when talking about immigrants?

The answer has nothing to do with crime, national security, jobs or public health - especially in the latter case, when so many Republican politicians are so strongly fighting against Covid-19 vaccination and mask mandates. The real reason is opposition to democratic change - that fact that immigration is making America less white.

Emory University professor Carol Anderson stated the problem quite clearly in her July 27 2019 Time Magazine article:

Republicans Want a White Republic. They'll Destroy America to Get It

https://time.com/5638283/trump-tweets-racist-white-america/

One of the principal ways that the Republicans are trying to destroy America in order to establish an avowedly white supremacist dictatorship is by spreading Trump's Big Lie about the "Stolen" 2020 presidential election.

Fortunately, a few Republican leaders, such as Rep. Liz Cheney (WY) and, more recently, Senator Mike Rounds (SD), are summoning up the courage to tell the truth that Joe Biden won the election "Fair and Square". One can expect that more Republican politicians, including Congressmen who voted against certifying the presidential election for Joe Biden in January 2021, will start to back away from Trump's Big Lie, no matter how many personal insults and threats to support primary opponents against them when they run for re-election he throws out at them.

The other main strategy that we can expect to continue to see used by Republican politicians who are appealing to white supremacist votes, such as Texas governor Greg Abbot and Florida governor Ron De Santis, is to promote hysteria about the so-called "Border Crisis" caused by asylum seekers from Central America, Haiti and elsewhere who are looking for refuge from violence, dictatorship, political chaos and poverty in there countries and seeking a better life in the United States.

America has a long tradition of praising and welcoming immigrants pursuing the American Dream - when they were mainly white. But now, when immigrants in all categories, legal as well as "undocumented". are mostly brown and black, Donald Trump is calling them a "death wish" for America,

Far too many other Republican politicians are still falling in line behind this politics of hate and dictatorship, as will be shown further in Part 2 of this 2-part series.


To be continued.


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