In a rambling November 15 speech lasting over one hour, Donald Trump showed that stirring up hatred against brown and black immigrants will be just as much a centerpiece of his 2024 presidential campaign as it was in his 2016 campaign, which he notoriously began by calling immigrants from Mexico "criminals" and "rapists". This time, while he did express appreciation and praise for African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Hispanic-Americans, he repeated his frequent accusations that (nonwhite) immigrants at the US-Mexican border were carrying out an "invasion" of America.


Trump then, showing his off his gift for hyperbole and invention that might have made him one of America's leading fiction writers if he had chosen that career, went on to claim (according to The Guardian newspaper) that "hundreds of millions" of criminal "savages" are crossing our border for a "bad and sinister reason."

Just as Trump's "criminals" and "rapists" speech in kicking off his 2016 campaign was the prelude to four years of anti-immigrant persecution during Trump's presidential term - which not only included multiple, widespread human rights violations against asylum-seekers and undocumented immigrants, but attempts to shut down large parts of America's legal immigration system -- his 2024 campaign kickoff speech should be a warning of severe times ahead for nonwhite immigrants from every part of the world, and in every immigration category, if Trump, and the "Christian Nationalist" extremist movement that supports him are able to gain power two years from now.

Update: November 17:

While the same punditry that falsely predicted a "red wave" in the 2022 election is now engaged in wishful thinking to the effect that the Republicans may somehow manage to "move beyond" Trump (such as picking Florida Governor De Santis - who has in some ways shown himself to be even more authoritarian and anti-immigrant than Trump himself to be their 2024 presidential candidate), the reality is quite different. As The Guardian points out in a November 17 article, Trump will now effectively be in control of the House of Representatives:

That Chamber can now be expected to do everything in its power to make the so-called "Border Crisis" (i.e. an increase in nonwhite asylum seekers trying to escape from gang violence, dictatorship, poverty and political instability in their home countries), the center of attention by conducting an inquisition against DHS Secretary Mayorkas to try to force his resignation, while engaging in nonstop impeachment hearings against President Biden for allegedly "failing to secure the border."

In other words, The GOP-controlled House is likely to be nothing more than an arm of Trump's 2024 presidential campaign during the coming two years - a campaign which, as Trump signaled in his November 15 speech - will almost certainly be based in large part on stirring up hatred against and attacking the human rights of brown and black immigrants.

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