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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Trudy D Fountai...

Can I come work for you? Would love to help!


Me, too! Meaningful work - would feel like I'm actually not completely powerless.


Many of us would like to volunteer, too.




The word illegal. Sums it up
..of i rob a bank to feed my family. Os that ok?


I am a business owner , Mexican and I am very good at doing what I do. Let me help you , I have apt of knowledge, I'm smart and don't give up, I can make things happen

Aerin Sky

I second that

Barbara Mack

I too would love to come work against Trumps racism and bigotry.


A friend of mine who is an ACLU attorney responded recently to this exact question on an email thread we're on: "Please find your local ACLU affiliate (e.g. ACLU of Northern California, ACLU of Florida, etc.) and become a member of the affiliate as well, and sign up to be a volunteer who can be "on call" for whatever they need. Thanks so much for your interest."


Why would you NOT deport illegals? Weigh the country down even further, why not just let everyone in? Bunch of idiots! GO TRUMP!! Proudly voted for him!


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