The Washington Post reports on January 31 that Donald Trump is now showing his true authoritarian colors (so to speak) by issuing a tweet making clear that he will build his border Wall against brown immigrants no matter whether Congress agrees to build one or not.

See:


Trump offers pessimistic view of negotiations over wall funding, says Republicans are 'wasting their time'.

See also: POLITICO, January 30

White House preps emergency wall plan while Congress negotiates

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/...ration-1138308

This is Trump's latest (January 31) tweet:

"Republicans on the Homeland Security Committee are wasting their time. Democrats, despite all of the evidence, proof and Caravans coming, are not going to give money to build the DESPERATELY needed WALL. I've got you covered. Wall is already being built. I don't expect much help."

Even Wall opponents would have to agree with Trump's statement that his Wall is "desperately needed." - to protect Trump from getting another tweet from Ann Coulter.

But by pursuing the Wall at all costs, Trump is directly setting himself against the United States Constitution, which provides that Congress makes the laws in this country, and the president carries them out. In effect, Trump is saying that with regard to immigration, he is the law.

Ever since the time of the infamous 1880's Chinese exclusion laws, the Supreme Court has held to the basic doctrine that immigration is the province of the political branches of the government, namely Congress, and the executive. It has never said that the president makes the immigration laws in the US on his (or her) own.

But this is what Trump is now threatening to do through a "national emergency" declaration based on the proposition that America is threatened by immigrants who do not have the same white skin color as most people in "Countries like Norway".

This authoritarian way of thinking goes against everything our Constitution stands for, and it poses a mortal threat to our democracy. Congress must move without delay to build a Wall of impeachment against Donald Trump to protect America from dictatorship.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law.