If Donald Trump Implements His Proposed Policies, We’ll See Him in Court

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.

It's time to fight

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.

Read our Constitutional analysis of the public statements and policy proposals of Donald Trump



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Jess Brown

Too weak and scared to actually add your name to your thoughts though, I see. Own it. It's organizations like this we need most of all now.


Unless you're Native American, when can we expect you to pack up and go home?


Of course you would say that and place your name as anonymous. Don't hide behind a keyboard


Shame on you and your distopian comments. Your lack of empathy disgusts me.


Yikes... Keep your ignorance to yourself, it REALLY seems contagious.

Sarah Edwards

This is home for the ACLU. This is what they do-- protecting civil liberties here in America. Right now you and I are the lucky ones. They would do the same for me and the same for you, if our luck turned and we were the targets instead.


How did you get to this country??

David Smith

Anonymous, you coward. You spout your fear and hatred from behind a shroud. What a great American you are, you cockroach.



Dan M

Nothing wrong with Muslims in our country, we already have more here than you think. And I can say, Muslims are not a threat. Tool!


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