Everywhere, the signs are becoming clearer than ever that the Republicans cannot wait to impose their elitist, sexist and racist agenda on America. According to a report in the Washington Post, House Republicans are set to introduce a tax "reform" bill that will shift more of the tax burden away from the rich and on to the middle class and the poor. Meanwhile, Willard ("Mitt") Romney promises to defund Planned Parenthood the day he takes office as president.
On the same day, Romney has also announced, he will order the Justice Department to drop its challenges to the anti-immigrant hate laws that have been passed in Alabama, Arizona and other states. There can be little doubt that Kris Kobach, the author of most of these laws and strong advocate of the voter ID laws that many states have adopted in order to disenfranchise minorities, the less well off and students, would have a great deal of influence in a Romney administration. Could he become our next Attorney General?
Could an open enemy of immigration such as Texas Republican representative Lamar Smith or Iowa Republican Senator Charles Grassley be the next Director of the Department of Homeland Security? With every passing day, the Republican candidates, and the billionaires who are supporting them with unlimited Super-Pac money that Obama and the Democrats have no hope of matching, are making it even more clear what type of America they intend to bring about if they win this fall's election.
It is not an America that will have very much room for immigrants. It is all too easy to forget what kind of immigration bill the Republicans passed when they controlled the House of Representatives in 2005. That bill, H.R. 3447, turned out to have been a model for the state laws which are now causing so much havoc in minority communities. Who can doubt that one like it, or even worse, will become the law of the land if the Republicans' unlimited billionaire money enables them to buy this fall's election?
Roger Algase is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been practicing business immigration law in New York City for more than 20 years.