The Department of Justice and Justifying the Unjustifiable
It appears to be that Donald Trump’s administration can’t grasp the reality of what the Department of Justice is supposed to do. Like any authoritarian leader rooted in widespread fear and closely cornered narcissism, Donald Trump has failed to differentiate what it means to pledge allegiance to the constitution and to pledge allegiance to himself. Well, like any fine line in government, the difference between constitutional law and dear leader.
Donald Trump, the man who complained about Obama’s average of 34.6 executive orders per year (over a span of eight years totaling to 275 – which is still significantly lower than his immediate predecessors G.W. Bush, 291, and Bill Clinton, 364) has signed 18 executive actions (7 of which being direct orders) in the past 11 days. Several of his executive orders can be labelled, justly, as unconstitutional.
Let’s take a look at his most recent shitstorm, shall we? The following three executive actions Donald Trump has signed are all soaking wet in the racial hatred that he ran his faux populist campaign upon. I have copied and pasted these three executive orders and descriptions from the aforementioned Politico article, which I will relink here for credit.
Begin planning, designing and constructing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, including identify available federal funds and working with Congress for additional funding
Construct and operate detention facilities near the border to make adjudicate asylum claims, subject to the availability of existing funding,
Hire 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents, subject to the availability of existing funding,
End “catch and release” policy
Quantify all “sources of direct and indirect Federal aid or assistance to the Government of Mexico on an annual basis over the past five years”
Take action to empower state and local law enforcement to act as immigration officers
12. Pursuit of undocumented immigrants (January 25)
Trump signed an executive order that directed the secretary of homeland security to:
Prioritize certain undocumented immigrants for removal, including those with criminal convictions and those who have only been charged with a crime
Hire 10,000 additional immigration officers at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, subject to the availability of existing funding,
Prohibit federal funding, with the help of the attorney general, to “sanctuary” jurisdictions, where local officials have declined to help enforce federal immigration laws
Reinstate the Secure Communities program, which was terminated in 2014 and enables state and local law enforcement to effectively act as immigration agents
Sanction countries, with the help of the secretary of state, that refuse to accept the return of undocumented immigrants deported from the U.S.
Create a list, updated weekly, of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants in sanctuary jurisdictions
Create an “Office for Victims of Crimes Committed by Removable Aliens” to “provide proactive, timely, adequate and professional services to victims of crimes committed by removable aliens and family members of such victims”
13. Reevaluating visa and refugee programs (January 27)
Trump signed an executive order Friday evening making significant changes to the visa and refugee programs in the United States. It includes:
Cuts the number of refugees allowed into the United States in fiscal 2017 from 110,000 to 50,000
Suspends for 120 days the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, which identifies and processes refugees for resettlement in the United States
Suspends the entry of all “immigrants and nonimmigrants” from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Syria for 90 days.
Directs the secretary of homeland security, the director of national intelligence and secretary of state to put together a list of countries that do not provide adequate information to vet potential entry of foreign nationals into the United States. Foreign nationals from those countries will be banned from entering the United States.
Directs the secretary of state, the secretary of homeland security, the director of national intelligence, and the director of the FBI to implement uniform screening standards for all immigration programs
Directs the secretary of homeland security, upon the resumption of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, to “prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality.”
Directs the secretary of homeland security to implement a biometric entry-exit tracking system
Grants state and local jurisdictions, whenever possible a “role in the process of determining the placement or settlement” of refugees
Suspend the Visa Interview Waiver Program, which allows certain people renewing their visas to skip an in-person interview
Directs the secretary of state to expand the Consular Fellows Program
Of course, if you have any shred of dignity or respect for constitutional law or showcase any compassion for humanity and/or history whatsoever, you’ll instantly recoil in shock after reading what you have just read. Either that, or you’re conservative. There’s a bit of a fall in line complex that Republicans have showcased time after time in modern American politics. The dear leader takes control of whether or not conservatives care about what is just and unjust in constitutional court. So, let me be clear, it is important to realize that what Trump did after he signed off on these horrific police-state manifestos is just as worse.
The Department of Justice acting secretary, Sally Yates, was fired by the Trump administration after she refused to fall in line. Yates did what thousands of protesters across the nation did: she refused to defend the immigration restriction executive order that is already starting to warm up the world’s diplomatic endeavors. To fire an acting Department of Justice official because they are simply doing their job to uphold the constitutional law of the United States of America is more than corruption and obstruction: it is political treason.
As John Conyers stated after the firing of Sally Yates: “If dedicated government officials deem Trump’s directives to be unlawful and unconstitutional, he will simply fire them as if government is a reality show.” If Trump’s reaction to political difference and the upholding of the constitution he himself promised to uphold at Inauguration is to dismiss the constitution and its supporters, then we’re about to witness a more unjust presidency than we initially thought.
Oh, by the way…
…conservatives are hypocrites.
Who would have thought?