On July 1st, 2024, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a case involving former President Donald Trump, affirming presidential immunity in situations where a president’s actions are deemed “official acts.” The ruling sets a terrible precedent affecting future legal proceedings against former presidents who abuse their power.

This ruling represents a pivotal moment in the intersection of law and politics, as it defines the framework of accountability for presidential abuse, establishing roadblocks for holding former presidents responsible for violations of the law while in office. It also influences a fascist perception and exercise of executive authority, shaping debates and rulings on presidential powers and legal constraints moving forward.

This decision’s significance lies in its potential impact on the balance of power, tipping the scales in favor of the former president, granting him presidential immunity for his past crimes, and allowing him to carry on with his outwardly fascist campaign promises, all of which could have  widespread implications for immigrants.

For many immigrants living in the United States, the July 1st SCOTUS decision affirming presidential immunity for “official acts” raises concerns about the accountability of past executive actions affecting our communities. It is a setback for transparency and justice, potentially limiting all people’s – citizen and non-citizen alike – abilities to seek legal redress for policies that may directly impact our lives.

This ruling underscores the importance of ongoing efforts to defend migrant rights and  ensure that all individuals, regardless of status, are treated with dignity and fairness under the law. Given how Trump’s rise into politics has largely been due to his anti-immigrant rants, the court’s decision brings up key concerns about allowed possibilities if elected again.

Key points:

  • SCOTUS says Trump is above the law if he says so: The Supreme Court of the US is giving Donald Trump the ability to circumvent U.S. criminal laws that every other person in the U.S. – citizen or not – is subject to.  That goes against every principle of rule of law, and democratic norms taught in the U.S.
  • Slow Down or limit protections and rights: Immigrants’ legal protections and rights could be indirectly affected by the ruling’s implications for presidential powers and the ability to challenge executive decisions related to immigration policies.
  • Public perception and policy Implementation: The ruling’s interpretation of presidential immunity and executive authority could embolden Trump to keep his racially driven anti-immigrant remarks and lies to shape public perception of how immigration policies are implemented and enforced, affecting immigrant communities’ trust in governmental processes. 

We will continue to denounce Trump’s lies & remain vigilant!

Now more than ever, it’s crucial to educate one another about misinformation and organize at the local and national levels to raise awareness and build solidarity. Because if one thing is not clear by now, we as immigrants are the only ones who can save ourselves, and you can take action now by sharing this post!

¡Solo el pueblo salva al pueblo!