Is Pres. Trump opposed to the Declaration of Independence?

OVER the 4th of July holiday, Pres. Trump praised the Declaration of Independence as a “beacon of liberty, prosperity, and opportunity for all:

“The principles grounded in the Declaration of Independence continue to guide our Nation forward and maintain its standing as a beacon of liberty, prosperity, and opportunity for all.”

However, Pres. Trump’s recent immigration ban is a direct attack on the very ideals enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. In the Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers listed the various “grievances” they had against Britain’s King George which justified their seeking independence. Among the grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence is King George’s “immigration ban” to the U.S.:

“He [King George] has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose, obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.” (emphasis added.)

Although there was migration to the colonies in the 18th century, the overall population remained relatively small. The colonists wanted more immigration to the colonies, but King George was opposed to this, and he delayed and prevented new immigration from England and Europe to the colonies. In other words, he imposed an immigration ban, which infuriated the colonies, and was one of the reasons for seeking independence from Great Britain.

Pres. Trump justifies his immigration ban in order to prevent people from coming to the U.S. and taking jobs away from unemployed U.S. workers. Instead of an immigration ban, Pres. Trump should be upholding the ideals he praises in the Declaration of Independence. As stated on the White House’s own website, “Together, we must ensure that we live up to the ideals of our Declaration of Independence and do all that we can to protect and preserve the freedom that make our country the greatest in the world.” It is clear an immigration ban is contrary to the “ideals of our Declaration of Independence,” and, in fact, was a grievance against King George in declaring our independence.
If you or a family member may be affected by this immigration ban, you may want to consult with an attorney, especially before planning any travel outside the U.S.


Michael J. Gurfinkel has been an attorney for over 35 years and is licensed, and an active member of the State Bars of California and New York. All immigration services are provided by, or under the supervision of, an active member of the State Bar of California. Each case is different and results may depend on the facts of the particular case. The information and opinions contained herein (including testimonials, “Success Stories”, endorsements and re-enactments) are of a general nature, and are not intended to apply to any particular case, and do not constitute a prediction, warranty, guarantee or legal advice regarding the outcome of your legal matter. No attorney-client relationship is, or shall be, established with any reader.

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