• Immigrants trump Donald


    THE world welcomes tourists and students, even in Greece where tourists might as well be demi-gods.

    But immigrants and foreign workers in Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and North America including the United States are seen as competitors, taking jobs that are supposed to be for citizens.

    Donald Trump has moved the notch higher by opening his 2016 presidential campaign with an “epic rant against Mexican immigrants.”

    “They are bringing drugs. They are bringing crime. They’re rapists,” the New York real estate mogul was reported to have said. To soften the blow, Trump added, “Some, I assume, are good people.”

    Expanding the scope of his diatribe, Trump went on to tell CNN that immigrants in general are a threat to Americans.

    “You have people coming in, and I’m not just saying Mexicans, I’m talking about people that are from all over that are killers and rapists and they’re coming into this country,” Mr. Trump said.

    If Donald had been as careful in generalizations as he does with his hair-do, and if he bothered to check facts, he would have known that legal immigrants, those applying for immigrant visas to the United States on Family sponsorships or sponsored by employers in various categories, are subject to and must meet admissibility requirements before they are issued their immigrant visas.

    Admission into the US through petitions or sponsorships require both the petitioner and the person being sponsored (visa beneficiary) to complete petition and visa application forms which specifically ask if the intending immigrant has ever been charged, committed, admitted to or been convicted of a crime.

    The DS 260 Immigrant Visa Application form completed by visa beneficiaries requires the applicant to disclose if he or she is someone who has been “convicted of, or who admits having committed, a crime involving moral turpitude or violation of any law relating to a controlled substance or who is the spouse, son or daughter of such a trafficker who knowingly has benefited from the trafficking activities in the past five years; who has been convicted of two or more offenses for which the aggregate sentences were five years or more; who is coming to the United States to engage in prostitution or commercialized vice or who has engaged in prostitution or procuring within the past 10 years; who is or has been an illicit trafficker in any controlled substance; who has committed a serious criminal offense in the United States and who has asserted immunity from prosecution; who, while serving as a foreign government official, was responsible for or directly carried out particularly severe violations of religious freedom; or whom the President has identified as a person who plays a significant role in a severe form of trafficking in persons, who otherwise has knowingly aided, abetted, assisted or colluded with such a trafficker in severe forms of trafficking in persons, or who is the spouse, son or daughter of such a trafficker who knowingly has benefited from the trafficking activities within the past five years.”

    Checking the “Yes” box would require the applicant to explain and be subject to visa refusal. Even if there is a relief such as applying for a waiver of inadmissibility, the applicant would generally still be required to provide evidence that refusal of the visa application will result in extreme hardship to a qualified citizen or permanent resident relative.

    Committing a crime, especially aggravated felonies such as murder, rape or manslaughter renders an aspiring or intending immigrant inadmissible.

    Visa applicants who have been deported from the US for overstaying or other immigration violations are also subject to either excludability (not being allowed to enter during immigration inspection at a port of entry) or inadmissibility.

    The following categories of aliens (those who were issued a temporary or permanent visas to the US) will not be allowed to enter the US: “An alien who failed to attend a hearing on deportation or inadmissibility within the last five years; who seeks or has sought a visa, entry into the United States, or any immigration benefit by fraud or misrepresentation; who knowingly assisted any other alien to enter or try to enter the United States in violation of law; who, after November 30, 1996, attended in student (F) visa status a U.S. public elementary school or who attended a US public secondary school without reimbursing the school; or who is subject to a civil penalty under INA 274C.”


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    1. Mariano Patalinjug on

      Yonkers, New York
      13 July 2015

      It must surprise millions of people, not only Americans but also in other countries, that DONALD TRUMP, long known as “The clown of American politics,” should now be leading the pack of 18 presidential wannabes, mainly on what people call his excessively jingoistic “rant” against Mexicans and by extension all other “immigrants,” in particular those from Central and South America who manage to cross the US’s porous border in the South. Donald promises that if elected President, the first thinG he would do is BUILD A HIGH WALL [OF THICK CONCRETE?] FROM THE WESTERN TO THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE UNITED STATES TO CLOSE THE SOUTHERN BORDER COMPLETELY!

      Why is his jingoistic message resonating with millions of Americans, in particular with the Conservatives and the Republicans? Even a rival, TED CRUZ, is all praise for Donald! [Is he angling for Donald to pick him his running mate?]

      Now that Donald Trump is convinced that his “rant” is going well with a large swath of the American people, it is just possible that Donald will be encouraged to go on bashing immigrants in general as “bad medicine” one way or the other for America. I would not at all be surprised if by early next year, he will promise that, if elected President, he will ask the Congress to stop IMMIGRATION ALTOGETHER. With Republicans probably still in control of the Congress, Donald can expect that Congress to agree.

      That may just be the CLINCHER for him to beat HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON very badly!


    2. Tricycle Driver on

      Even among LEGAL immigrants there are criminals, plenty of them, of all nationalities. But of course the biggest and most visible are the Mexicans. So I think Trump, in his rant, was referring to criminals of Mexican ethnicity, whether U.S. citizens or illegals.

      • Now who’s making generalization. The author is misguided and do not know anything about illegal immigrations. They are called “illegals” because they bypass the the legal “adminssions process”. The author should examine first what he says becuase he is ignorant of the real facts. Donald Trump is right, He and America are not turning back or against immigrations, it is the illegal immigrations that they are against. Again. the author should do his research before putting in is idiotic opinion which has no basis!

    3. its true the illegal immigrants mostly from Mexico causes a lot of problems in the US namely; lowering the standard of living and wages. they work for cheap wages. rising crime, dirty, do not speak English, many of them maybe gang members or criminals which Mexico does not want and get rid of them by sending them to the US. they don’t pay taxes, they take away American jobs. they bring diseases like TB, hepatitis, they push aside the quotas for the legal immigrants entering the country, they flood the free medical clinics, hospitals and even welfare office. they are also able to get free community college education. these are all paid by taxpayers. so Donald Trump is right and many politicians are afraid of this issue because they are just as guilty allowing this to happen. I wish Donald Trump will become president and he will also deal with China head on. he is a brave and nationalistic and practical man. we need this guy in the white house.

    4. There is a difference between legal and illegal immigration. The US public is not opposed to legal immigration, it is opposed to illegal immigration. The US processes more legal immigrants each year than all other nations combined. Further, the US absorbs about one million illegal aliens each. Currently there are estimates as high as 30 million illegal aliens currently residing in the US. This flood of illegal aliens into the US is not sustainable and must be addressed if the US is to survive. Imagine if the Philippines suffered a proportional amount of illegal immigration (300,000) each year. All tapping into the Philippine safety net and demanding jobs and the right to vote. I suspect the Philippine response would be severe. The Philippines has very strict immigration laws which are enforced. The US needs the same.

    5. Your law facts are unquestionable. I do think you underestimate the underlying feelings of the US people due to the blatant disregard for the law those responsible for legislation or enforcement. This would include the 200 sanctuary cites and the US border as major issues in the 2016 elections. There is no way a felon with multiple felony convictions should ever be set free to commit more felonies. It happens routinely in the US. Many are fed up with deteriorating local environments caused by the illegal elements that have become a newer and poisonous thread in the make up of the general US population.

    6. Happily Married on

      Mr. Aranda: You are mixing apples and oranges. Trump was NOT talking about LEGAL immigrants. His comments were about ILLEGAL immigrants sneaking across the US border. Pres. Obama and the Democrats in the USA want to make everyone legal on the assumption that these criminals and poorly educated people will vote for Democrats giving away government money to the poor. It’s ALL about votes. Some other Americans who stand in opposition to Obama’s plan actually respect the law and sovereignty of the USA. I don’t know ANYONE in America who opposes LEGAL immigration.