Presidential Twitter Rants, Nationwide Protests
As people protest the government’s forced separation of thousands of immigrant families across the country, the president unleashed a xenophobic Tweet storm calling for the repeal of due process for immigrants.
“Occupy ICE” protests have been taking places across the country to demand the reunification of immigrant families separated at the border, with one center in Portland, Oregon forced to shut down amidst a days-long sit-in at the facility.
But even as activists and politicians alike gathered around the country chanting, “Set the children free,” the president of the United States launched into one of his most xenophobic Twitter rants to date, asserting that immigrants should be deported immediately without seeing a judge or having a trial — basically without due process.
For those who may not be aware, due process is one of the defining aspects of our country’s legal system because it requires that the government — local, state, or federal — respect all legal rights of all individuals, including the right to a fair and speedy trial as outlined in the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The president yesterday argued that immigrants should not be afforded that right.
This is after the discovery that immigrants’ rights to due process were already being violated in mass trials of more than 30-40 individuals without legal representation.
Just last week, the president caved under enormous bipartisan pressure and signed an executive order that supposedly would put an end to the administration’s policy of separating families at the border.
This latest rant, however, suggests that things would have gone much differently if our president were left to his own devices.