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Trump Compares Immigrants Seeking Asylum To Trespassers Who Should Get Off America’s Lawn

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Trump Compares Immigrants Seeking Asylum To Trespassers Who Should Get Off America’s Lawn





President Trump posted a series of tweets on Thursday calling for undocumented immigrants, even those seeking asylum, to be ousted from the country without an immigration hearing, saying “tell the people ‘OUT,’ and they must leave, just as they would if they were standing on your front lawn.”

Trump railed against “insane” U.S. immigration laws and decried the potential hiring of more immigration judges.

Trump tweeted: “Congress must pass smart, fast and reasonable Immigration Laws now. Law Enforcement at the Border is doing a great job, but the laws they are forced to work with are insane. When people, with or without children, enter our Country, they must be told to leave without our Country being forced to endure a long and costly trial. Tell the people “OUT,” and they must leave, just as they would if they were standing on your front lawn. Hiring thousands of “judges” does not work and is not acceptable – only Country in the World that does this! Congress – FIX OUR INSANE IMMIGRATION LAWS NOW!”



This is not the first time Trump has suggested stripping immigrants of their due process rights.

On June 24, the president tweeted that when they “invade” our country, the U.S. “must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came.”

Steve Vladeck, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law, noted that this would be unconstitutional and cited a Supreme Court opinion from 1982 that held that “aliens, even aliens whose presence in this country is unlawful, have long been recognized as ‘persons’ guaranteed due process of law by the Fifth and Fourteen Amendments.”




Trump also repeated a false claim that the U.S. has hired or plans to hire “thousands of ‘judges’” to handle immigration hearings.

Politifact found that there are fewer than 400 immigration judges across the U.S.

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