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ACLU To Oppose Trump If His Agenda Is Unconstitutional

| by Oren Peleg

The American Civil Liberties Union has a message for president-elect Donald Trump. The organization released a statement in the wake of the election that warned Trump against implementing any of the unconstitutional policies he campaigned on and promised to take him to court if he does.

“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,” the ACLU wrote in its statement. “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.”

Trump has spoken of proposals that would directly violate the First, Eighth and 14th amendments, in addition to ones violating the separation of powers in the federal government, according to Politico.

In May 2016, Trump discussed Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a federal judge overseeing a trial involving Trump, reports the Indianapolis Star.

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“I will tell you, this court system -- the judges in this court system, federal court. They ought to look into that Judge Curiel because what Judge Curiel is doing is a total disgrace. OK?” Trump said. “But we'll come back in November. Wouldn't that be wild if I'm president and I come back to do a civil case?”

Trump further attacked the judicial system when he suggested he would pack the Supreme Court with “real judges and real legal opinions.”

“One thing is certain: We will be eternally vigilant every single day of your presidency,” the ACLU continued in its statement. “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.”

Sources: ACLU, Politico, Indianapolis Star / Photo credit: Jezebel

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