Trump tries to divide and conquer communities of color

By | August 9, 2017

The Trump administration cares no more about Asian-American enrollment at Harvard than it does about protecting black and Hispanic workers from an influx of immigrants. What it wants is to keep this nation, its institutions and workforce, as white as possible.

In their relentless effort to deracinate America, President Trump and his minions have launched an assault on two depressingly predictable targets — affirmative action and immigration. And they’re relying on one of the oldest ploys in the political playbook: Divide and conquer. They want to divide communities of color to better conquer them.

Led by a longtime affirmative action foe, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice plans to use its civil rights division for a new project investigating and possibly pursuing legal action against universities whose admissions policies it regards as discriminatory against white applicants. DOJ is also closely watching a lawsuit accusing Harvard of discriminating against Asian-Americans in favor of other racial minorities. Edward Blum, a conservative and staunch opponent of affirmative action, brought the suit.

Then Stephen Miller, Trump’s senior adviser for policy, stepped out of his crypt to pitch a points-based immigration proposal, sponsored by two Republican senators, Tom Cotton and David Perdue. This, he claimed with a barely suppressed smirk, would alleviate the “massive displacement of African-American and Hispanic workers,” by allowing skilled, self-supporting, English-speaking immigrants to get green cards. Over time, this would slice immigration in half; in other words, if those “huddled masses yearning to be free” want into this country, they’d better sign up for English-as-a-second-language class. (Boston Globe)

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