White House defends Trump tweets on deportation
Trump tweets he wants to deport illegal immigrants without due process
- President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday morning that the US should start deporting illegal immigrants with no legal process.
- He said those who "invade our Country" will be removed with "no Judges or Court Cases".
- Trump's proposed move would violate immigrants' rights to due process guaranteed by the US Constitution and clarified by the Supreme Court.
President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday morning that the US should deport immigrants who enter the US illegally with no legal process.
Trump said once "somebody comes in" the country, they should be removed with "no Judges or Court Cases" — a move that would violate the long-established legal precedent for immigrants' rights to due process.
The US Constitution's Fifth Amendment guarantees the right to "due process of law" in criminal proceedings. In 1953, the Supreme Court clarified this right extended to non-US citizens.
The Kwong Hai Chew v. Colding case concluded that the Attorney General "did not have the authority to order the permanent exclusion and deportation of a lawful permanent resident of the United States without providing notice of the charges against him and the opportunity to be heard."
Trump's tweets came amid a flurry of on-air talk on the Sunday political shows about upcoming immigration policy from Republican lawmakers.
Many of them were responding to the president's Friday tweet saying Republicans "should stop wasting their time" on immigration reform until they elect more lawmakers in a "Red Wave" this November.
Republicans currently control both houses of Congress, and have been trying to pass immigration legislation. Lawmakers from both parties have been calling for solutions to fix the border crisis, which the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy has exacerbated.
Despite Trump urging against immigration reform in his comments Sunday and a Friday tweet, Texas GOP Rep.
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