Trump Just Launched an Ugly And Racist Attack On The Constitution And Immigrants

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Trump is demanding the power to deport immigrants without judges or courts, which would be a violation of due process rights.

Trump tweeted:

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Trump is trying to throw out the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution. According to the Legal Information Institute the references to due process appear twice in the Constitution, “The Constitution states only one command twice. The Fifth Amendment says to the federal government that no one shall be “deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.” The Fourteenth Amendment, ratified in 1868, uses the same eleven words, called the Due Process Clause, to describe a legal obligation of all states. These words have as their central promise an assurance that all levels of American government must operate within the law (“legality”) and provide fair procedures. Most of this essay concerns that promise. We should briefly note, however, three other uses that these words have had in American constitutional law.”

Trump doesn’t want immigrants to have due process. He is demanding that he be allowed to round up migrants and toss them out of the country without a hearing. It doesn’t matter to Trump if these people have done anything wrong. His whole rationale is centered around the racist belief that immigrants who aren’t white don’t belong in the United States.

Donald Trump is threatening the Constitution

Donald Trump is directly threatening the constitutional rights of every person in the United States of America. He wants the ability to arrest and deport anyone for any reason. Guilt and innocence do not matter. Democracy is under assault from the Oval Office by a president who looks hell-bent on destroying the Constitution.

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