Children as young as four months old are being separated from their parents. People are detained in “icebox” rooms for weeks at a time. Migrants are being forced to drink from toilets and are denied access to soap and toothpaste. Adults and children alike are abused at the hands of Customs and Border Protection officials.
The news reports and images from the detention centers on the southern border are not just horrifying. The actions, under the direction of President Trump, are unconstitutional and grounds for his impeachment.
Separating and detaining migrant families constitutes a violation of the Fifth Amendment’s Due Process Clause, which protects all persons within the United States. In addition, these actions constitute cruel and unusual punishment prohibited under the Eighth Amendment.
We’re urging everyone to join Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps on Friday, July 12 at locations across the country. Please join us in person to demand that Congress stop the cruel and inhumane practice of detaining migrants and asylum seekers!
As Yes! Magazine reports, “Never has a modern president so flagrantly violated the Constitution.”
John Bonifaz, a constitutional law attorney explains this unprecedented situation in American history—and what we can do about it.
Want to take action? Here is John’s answer to how citizens can get engaged:
We have on our “Take Action” page on the website a number of ways for people to get involved. The first way is to sign the petition. Then share it with friends and networks to spread the word about this campaign, to post it on Facebook and Twitter, to send it around to your friends and neighbors. We also are urging people to call their members of Congress and urge that they introduce this resolution or—once it’s already been introduced—to support the impeachment investigation.
“Right now our strategy is to get this moving right away.”
We have on our website in that section a draft model resolution that we urge people to get passed in their local communities. Go before your city council, or county commission, or state government, and get your community on record calling for this impeachment investigation to begin in the House of Representatives. We need the support financially of people from around the country to help lift up this campaign, to do this organizing, legal, and communications work.”
This morning, John Bonifaz, Free Speech For People Co-Founder and attorney specializing in constitutional law and voting rights, joined Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! for a conversation on the growing momentum to impeach President Trump for violating the Constitution. As of this morning, a petition calling for the impeachment had received nearly 250,000 signatures.