Jun 24, 2018
President Donald Trump on Sunday called for immediately deporting immigrants--a group he referred to people who "invade our country"--without due process.
At roughly 11am, Trump sent out a pair of tweets, saying in part, "When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came."
\u201cWe cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order. Most children come without parents...\u201d— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1529852522
\u201c....Our Immigration policy, laughed at all over the world, is very unfair to all of those people who have gone through the system legally and are waiting on line for years! Immigration must be based on merit - we need people who will help to Make America Great Again!\u201d— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1529852913
\u201c\ud83d\udce3 What President Trump suggested here is both illegal and unconstitutional.\n\nAny official who has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution and laws should disavow it unequivocally. https://t.co/qsy58VACSB\u201d— ACLU (@ACLU) 1529862175
"That's not how any of this works," the ACLU added in a comment about Trump's tweet.
It was just a year and half ago Trump swore he would "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States"--a point noted by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.):
\u201cDear @realDonaldTrump: Remember the oath you took to the Constitution at your relatively small inauguration? You should read the Constitution. The Due Process Clause applies to all persons, not just US citizens. \n\nAs @POTUS, you of all people need to follow law and order. https://t.co/CK8VSVrp8h\u201d— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu) 1529862340
Ethics expert Norm Eisen, meanwhile, suggested the tweets were a sign the president's attack on the rule of law would widen its scope:
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