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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Lawrence Israel

Is about to make a donation to the ACLU because I believe in Justice, Liberty and Freedom for ALL people regardless of there religion, sexual orientation, skin color, or political affiliations as long as they do not cause harm to others. The emboldened racism, religious persecution, and sexual harassment in recent days has prompted me to give generously. The more I see this awful stuff happening to good people the more I will give and the harder I will fight for Liberty, Justice and Freedom from oppression. I strongly encourage others constructed of good moral fiber and decent values that are horrified of what America has become to give generously of their time energy and money to fight this scourge of injustice.


It is not a civil right to sneak into our country illegally and then demand "rights" and benefits you have not earned and do not deserve. Planned Parenthood is an abortion mill and they should not be publicly funded. They can pay for themselves.


If Islam is a "religion" then so is Naziism.. Nazis weren't half as vile as muslims are


Actually Islam WAS banned in America a very long time ago.. And while not all Muslims are terrorist. ALL terrorist are muslims..


Thank goodness for organizations like ACLU that defend this country's core values. It is time for the people to massively engage in the defense of civil liberties, this election has made it clear that progress must never be taken for granted!

Mike from STL

I'm already a card-carrying member of the ACLU. If you aren't a member, right now is the time to become one, and it isn't expensive. By becoming an ACLU member you will know that you did more than just complain.


All this is possible because Obama signed the NDAA. This extended martial law powers and I'm sure Trump plans on using them. If you all plan on fighting the signing of this act into law then we have a chance but if not then maybe this article is futile.


This organization stands for everything wrong with America. I hope and pray the ALCU and it's band of supporters are the first to be deported. May God have mercy on your souls!


The problem here is that the judges deciding these cases brought by the ACLU will contain at least one Trump appointee, and may rise to three over the course of his term(s) in office.


What a joke the ACLU has become. Illegal immigrants, what part about illegal don't you people understand. We are not going to ban Muslims from entering the country - simply a very stringer vetting process for people from dangerous countries. Freedom of speech - it's a travesty that people can desecrate our flag - that ruling needs to be overturned and made treasonous.


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