The American Civil Liberties Union wasted no time in declaring their intention to oppose President-elect Donald Trump’s unconstitutional plans to deport millions of immigrants, ban Muslims from entering the United States, and changing the libel laws to “make journalists” tell the truth.
Should President-elect Donald Trump attempt to implement his unconstitutional campaign promises, we’ll see him in court.
— ACLU National (@ACLU) November 9, 2016
Executive Director Anthony D. Romero fired off a powerful statement of defiance this morning in the wake of Trump’s shocking upset win, letting the President-elect know right off the bat that the idle promises he made on the campaign trail are going to be difficult to keep.
This morning, Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States, and the ACLU has a message for him.
President-elect Trump, as you assume the nation’s highest office, we urge you to reconsider and change course on certain campaign promises you have made. These include your plan to amass a deportation force to remove 11 million undocumented immigrants; ban the entry of Muslims into our country and aggressively surveil them; punish women for accessing abortion; reauthorize waterboarding and other forms of torture; and change our nation’s libel laws and restrict freedom of expression.
These proposals are not simply un-American and wrong-headed, they are unlawful and unconstitutional. They violate the First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and 14th Amendments. If you do not reverse course and instead endeavor to make these campaign promises a reality, you will have to contend with the full firepower of the ACLU at every step. Our staff of litigators and activists in every state, thousands of volunteers and millions of card-carrying members and supporters are ready to fight against any encroachment on our cherished freedoms and rights.
One thing is certain: We will be eternally vigilant every single day of your presidency. And when you leave the Oval Office, we will do the same with your successor as we have done throughout our nearly 100 years of existence. The Constitution and the rule of law are stronger than any one person, and we will see to that. We will never waver.
Trump may have enjoyed himself in the primary, but he and the Republican Party are going to face an uphill battle in their efforts to undo all the progress we’ve made in the past eight years. Despite what he thinks he can do, the Constitution is still the binding document that rules this land – and he’ll find himself impeached mighty quick if he tries to violate it.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.