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Is Mr. Trump An Unstoppable Freight Train?
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Alan Lee, Esq.
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Barreling along, President Trump today appears to be an unstoppable force
on his way to reelection in November. That is the view from here. Despite
his moves towards an imperial presidency, cozying up to Russia and largely
allowing it free reign throughout the world, inhumane treatment of
vulnerable groups here and abroad, and corrupt or highly questionable moves
to gain political advantage towards his reelection, he is gaining in
popularity while the Democrats are in disarray with candidates destroying
each other on debate stages.
Yet it is dispiriting that in this country founded on constitutional
principles, honor and decency, Americans will choose to reelect a president
without any of the above.
In this administration, all decency appears to be lost in dealing with
vulnerable groups with a president who only respects the strong. The
treatment of undocumented immigrants including separation of families in
the border regions and in the interior, stigmatizing them as criminal
rapists, murderers, and drug traffickers when the vast majority are
law-abiding, attempting to suppress their representation by adding a
citizenship question to the census to intimidate them from being counted,
speaking of them in racist and other pejorative terms, dropping refugee
admissions to record lows, and making immigrant entries a wealth test
through the new public charge law, etc., all points to an innate lack of
decency and refusal to make America a shining beacon as compared to the
rest of the world.(Although we do not minimize the impact of immigrant
crime upon its victims, we note that much higher percentages of crimes are
committed by Americans upon Americans as a percentile of the population,
and that Mr. Trump is adept at making a mountain out of a statistical mole
Mr. Trump exhibits no honor as seen in his attack on Gold Star family
members and decorated veterans who dare to criticize him, his abandonment
of this country’s Kurdish allies who paid more than 7000 lives to support
US efforts against ISIS and invitation to Turkey to invade their lands, his
misappropriation of military funding to build his border wall, and his
inveterate lying –staining the office of the presidency with a whopping
16,241 false or misleading claims since taking office as reported by the <em>Washington Post</em> on January 20, 2020.
Constitutional principles such as separation of powers are anathema to this
president who believes that Congress is beneath him, that the presidency
and the executive branch are higher than the other two branches of the US
government, and that all executive branch members have no greater duty than
giving their personal loyalty to him.
One would think that with such highly negative factors, Mr. Trump could not
stand a good chance of reelection. Yet Democrats are up against numbers
like those in the Gallup poll in January 2020 showing that a record high
90% of Americans are satisfied with their personal lives, that American
confidence in the US economy is at a 20 year high, and that a record 49% of
Americans approve of Mr. Trump’s performance as president.
Immigration is a topic on which all Democratic candidates hew center left
or left and generally agree upon – the difficulty is the other policies
such as healthcare, taxes, and redistribution of wealth and that no
candidate can win an election without the undecided of this country which
will not vote for those that they consider too far to the left. Conversely
those who support candidates on the far left of these issues may not vote
for the candidate who only projects center left (such as many of Sen.
Bernie Sanders’ supporters who stayed home rather than vote for Mrs.
Clinton in 2016).
Where do the Democrats go from here? With the number of candidates still
campaigning against each other, the bloodletting, backbiting and
divisiveness will only get worse while Mr. Trump sits on the sidelines
without opposition – only having to occasionally snipe at the growing
Democratic fiasco on Twitter.
About The Author<br/>
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<b>Alan Lee, Esq. </b> is an exclusive practitioner of immigration law based in New York City with an AV preeminent rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory for 20+ years, registered in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, on the New York Super Lawyers list (2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-2015, 2015-2019), and recognized as a New York Area Top Rated Lawyer. He has written extensively on immigration over the past years for Interpreter Releases, Immigration Daily, and the ethnic newspapers, World Journal, Sing Tao, Epoch Times, Pakistan Calling, Muhasba and OCS; testified as an expert on immigration in civil court proceedings; and is a regular contributor to Martindale-Hubbell’s Ask-a-Lawyer program. His article, “The Bush Temporary Worker Proposal and Comparative Pending Legislation: an Analysis” was Interpreter Releases’ cover display article at the American Immigration Lawyers Association annual conference in 2004; his 2004 case in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Firstland International v. INS, successfully challenged Legacy INS’ policy of over 40 years of revoking approved immigrant visa petitions under a nebulous standard of proof, although its central holding that the government had to notify approved immigrant petition holders of the revocation prior to the their departure to the U. S. for the petition to be able to be revoked was short-lived as it was specifically targeted in the Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 (which in response changed the language of the revocation statute itself). Yet Firstland lives on as precedent that the government must comply with nondiscretionary duties established in law, and such failure is reviewable in federal courts. His 2015 case, Matter of Leacheng International, Inc., with the Administrative Appeals Office of USCIS (AAO) set nation-wide standards on the definition of “doing business” for multinational executives and managers to gain immigration benefits.
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