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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Oh no, baby... We're just getting started.

We will respect Trump just as much as Republicans have respected Obama for the past 8 years.

Worst day in America: 9/11.

Second worst day in America: 11/9.



You are an idiot. As an American I can choose any religion I want. That includes Islam. So stop trying to take away my rights.




i would far rather have more "illegals and muslims" in this country than people like you.

lex de Gruyl

sign your name coward!


I hope you're never falsely imprisoned, or illegally searched, or discriminated for your age, religion or gender trying to get a job, or put your kid in a school and need someone to defend YOUR Civil Rights. The Pilgrims came here to escape religious persecution, you dumb monkey, and the colonists came to get out from under the Sovereign rule of King George. And I could make a list of hundreds more groups who fled to the US because it was a safe haven. Go to the conservative think tank KATO institute (so maybe you'd believe it) and find a report on exactly how many jobs Americans have lost to "illegals". Do some math to see how many Muslims are living in this country peacefully and just trying to keep a roof over their heads and their kids safe, just like you. Try to educate yourself beyond your hate and ignorance. Try to think for yourself, instead of surviving on a diet of completely fabricated lies by your incoming President. Who lives in a house with walls covered in 24 Karat Gold (Google it). Real Man of the People, he is. And by the way, he seems to never have kept a promise he's ever made to any person or group, so don't be so sure you're gonna get what you paid for once he's in office. Good luck.


you must be a deplorable....our job is to make sure Trump has one term...and that is all he is getting if he doesn't get impeached first ( which will probably happen)


but yet these are the people with the worst jobs trying make a living. complaining about taking jobs. they not. get off yall asses and apply for a job and leave these people alone. Everybody is an immigrant accept the people that are native americans. that means whites blacks asians of all race (actually mexicans were part of america until the state of texas was created so they get to stay). Thats who needs to leave.


Speaking as a Native American, and first generation not born on the reservation. You sir are an illegal and unwelcome alian.


ACLU = inciting treason


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