U.S: Trump’s  immigration czar unmasked as white nationalist – By Mohamed Hamaludin

  – By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Press reports have indicated that the U.S. Supreme Court is almost certain to rule that President Donald Trump can end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)  program which his predecessor put in place to shield some 600,000 to 800,000 undocumented immigrants whom their parents brought to the country while they were children.

The ruling, expected in June, should not be a surprise, not just because of the court’s 5-4 conservative majority but also because, in the absence of a Congressional mandate, the President has wide latitude over immigration under the Constitution.               

President Barack Obama created DACA by executive order on June 15, 2012, as a temporary protection against deportation after Congress failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform which would include DACA recipients – called Dreamers. Many of them have been here for 20 years or more and, if deported, would be going to countries which they know little of. Polls indicate that 75 percent of Americans support the Dreamers, NBC reported in 2017.

The African American community has a stake in what happens to the Dreamers and immigration generally. Immigrants of African descent number 3.8 million or 10 percent of all foreign-born resident. In Florida, they comprise 20 percent of the black population, second only to New York, NBC reported. The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and the New York University School of Law reported that undocumented black immigrants number around 565,000, of whom 16 percent are from the Caribbean and 13 percent from Africa.

BAJI is one of at least two organizations which promote the interests of black immigrants. Opal Tometi, its executive director, is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter. Jonathan Jayes-Green, a Panamanian immigrant who came to the U.S. at age 13 and is a Dreamer, co-founded UndocuBlack. “We know that black immigrants have traditionally borne the brunt of their circumstances,” Jayes-Green told NBC. “They are three times more likely to be deported and much more likely to be caught up in the criminal justice system because of their color.”

Another reason for concern is that Stephen Miller, who is widely believed to be behind Trump’s immigration policy, including pushing to deport the Dreamers and separating children from their mothers at the border, has promoted bigotry, including the claim that whites are in danger of being “replaced” by non-whites, according to a review of 900 private Miller emails by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Miller “promoted white nationalist literature, pushed racist immigration stories and obsessed over the loss of Confederate symbols after Dylan Roof’s murderous rampage.” Roof, a young white man, killed nine African Americans and injured one other person during a prayer service at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina on June 17, 2015, hoping to start a race war.

The Miller emails, covering the period March 4, 2015, to June 27, 2016, were sent to the white nationalist news site Breitbart and were leaked to the SPLC. Despite their inflammatory content, Trump still appointed Miller his senior immigration policy adviser.

Within days of the SPLC revelation, more than 80 Democratic Members of Congress called for Miller’s resignation. Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson told HuffPost that Miller “is damn lucky that there wasn’t someone like him in charge at Ellis Island when his great-grandfather sought refuge in this country after fleeing Eastern Europe to escape persecution…”

Miller’s uncle David S. Glosser, writing in Politico in August last year, made the same point, noting that his nephew’s maternal grandfather and his mother, fled their village in what is now Belarus at the start of the 20th century. “I have watched with dismay and increasing horror as my nephew, an educated man who is well aware of his heritage, has become the architect of immigration policies that repudiate the very foundation of our family’s life in this country,” Glosser wrote.

Miller’s childhood rabbi, Neil Comes-Daniels, of Beth Shir Shalom in Santa Monica, Calif., accused him of promoting “negativity, violence, malice and brutality.” He said Miller has “set back the Jewish contribution to making the world spiritually whole through your arbitrary division of these desperate people.”

But Dutch political scientist Cas Mudde, a University of Georgia professor, warned in a Guardian column that Miller is not the only one in the Republican Party. “White supremacy was at the core of the ‘Southern Strategy,’ dating back to the unsuccessful 1964 presidential campaign of Barry Goldwater, which was formative for the future conservative movement,” Mudde wrote. “Perfected by President Richard Nixon, with the help of speechwriter Pat Buchanan, dog whistles to white supremacy have been at the heart of virtually every Republican campaign since the 1970s.”

Calling for Miller’s resignation, Mudde argued, “wouldn’t change much.” He urged “Democrats to face and name the ugly truth: the Grand Old Party is a party steeped in white supremacy. It is the basis of its electoral support and this will not change in the near future. By focusing on the most brazen examples, like Stephen Miller, Democrats strengthen the misguided belief that the Republican party is a good party with some bad apples. Ultimately, this will help the Republicans more than the Democrats.”

But then, of course, none of this was exactly a state secret.

Mohamed Hamaludin is a Guyana-born journalist who  worked for several years at The Chronicle in the 1970s and on publications in the Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands before emigrating to the United States in 1984 where he worked at The Miami Times, the Miami Herald and the South Florida Times.  Though now retired, he writes a commentary every week or two for The South Florida Times (sfltimes.com) in which the above column first appeared. He may be reached at hamal1942@gmail.com.

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  • guyaneseonline  On November 20, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Trump Has His Back, But Centrist Jews Still Want His Head

    Attacks on Stephen Miller, the architect behind the administration’s immigration policy, spread in wake of white nationalist emails.
    Liberal and centrist Jewish groups are calling for White House adviser Stephen Miller to resign following the disclosure of emails showing that he promoted white nationalist literature and racist immigration stories during the 2016 presidential campaign.

    President Donald Trump still supports Miller, his lead strategist on immigration, despite the calls for his head by civil rights leaders, Democratic lawmakers and religious leaders.
    READ MORE https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/trump-has-his-back-but-others-still-want-his-head/

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 20, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    But Dutch political scientist Cas Mudde, a University of Georgia professor, warned in a Guardian column that MILLER is not the only one in the Republican Party.

    “White supremacy was at the core of the ‘SOUTHERN STRATEGY’, dating back to the unsuccessful 1964 presidential campaign of Barry Goldwater, which was formative for the future conservative movement,” Mudde wrote. “Perfected by President Richard Nixon, with the help of speechwriter Pat Buchanan, dog whistles to white supremacy have been at the heart of virtually every Republican campaign since the 1970s.”

    Mister Hamaludin: You should NOT write the foregoing paragraph while excluding a GIANT FAVOURITE of mine – The late, legendary, brutal campaign consultant Harvey LeRoy “Lee” Atwater [Lee Atwater] explained in a 1981 interview how Republicans could win the vote of racists without sounding racist themselves:

    You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.”

    By 1968 you can’t say “nigger” — that hurts you, backfires.

    So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract.

    Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, BLACKS GET HURT WORSE THAN WHITES .…

    “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger, nigger.”

    They said if Lee Atwater was alive, Bill Clinton would never be president. Atwater partied with Sammy Davis Jr.; James Brown; Chuck Jackson; et al – Dangerous!

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 20, 2019 at 4:49 pm

  • Trevor  On November 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    This documentary alleges that Trump’s Muslim ban encouraged a Quebec Canadian man to murder Muslims inside a mosque:

  • Trevor  On November 21, 2019 at 12:02 am

    If Trump wants to deport Black & Brown people, then what is AmeriKKKa doing in the offshore basin of Guyana?

    Why does AmeriKKKa want to install a puppet next door to us? What are Yankees doing in a Dutch-speaking majority country of our neighbour Suriname?

    If white nationalists don’t like Black & brown people that they shoot us up in places of worship, what the hell are they doing in Guyana for the oil?

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 21, 2019 at 4:24 pm

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 22, 2019 at 3:49 am

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