Don­ald Trump ful­fills his jury duty obli­ga­tion

The China Post - - ARTS - BY JAKE PEAR­SON

U. S. op­po­si­tion Repub­li­can Party pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump is tak­ing a break from the court of public opin­ion to go to ... court.

Trump is due to re­port for jury duty Mon­day in lower Man­hat­tan. The Repub­li­can front-run­ner said last week be­fore a rally in New Hamp­shire that he would will­ingly take a break from stump­ing on the cam­paign trail to an­swer the sum­mons.

The real es­tate mogul and re­al­ity TV star had been called pre­vi­ously but didn’t ap­pear. His cam­paign said he hadn’t re­ceived those sum­monses.

Michael Co­hen, an ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent at the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion and spe­cial coun­sel to Trump, said the sum­monses had been sent to an ad­dress where the New York busi­ness­man never lived.

In celebrity-stud­ded New York City, it’s not un­usual for fa­mous names to be picked to show up in po­ten­tial jury pools. Among them have been Tony Danza, Regis Philbin, Spike Lee and Madonna.

On Sun­day, Trump was in­ter­viewed on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” say­ing that he would push to end the con­sti­tu­tion­ally pro­tected cit­i­zen­ship rights of chil­dren of any fam­ily liv­ing il­le­gally in­side the U.S.

“They have to go,” Trump said, adding: “What they’re do­ing, they’re hav­ing a baby. And then all of a sud­den, no­body knows ... the baby’s here.”

Na­tive- born chil­dren of im­mi­grants — even those liv­ing il­le­gally in the U.S. — have been au­to­mat­i­cally con­sid­ered Amer­i­can cit­i­zens since the adop­tion of the 14th amend­ment of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion in 1868.

Trump’s re­marks came as his cam­paign web­site posted his pro­gram for “immigration re­form.” Among its de­tails: Mak­ing Mexico pay for a per­ma­nent bor­der wall. Manda­tory de­por­ta­tion of all “crim­i­nal aliens.” Tripling the force of immigration of­fi­cers by elim­i­nat­ing tax credit pay­ments to im­mi­grant fam­i­lies re­sid­ing il­le­gally in the U.S.

He said that fam­i­lies with U.S.-born chil­dren could re­turn quickly if deemed wor­thy by the gov­ern­ment. “We’re go­ing to try and bring them back rapidly, the good ones,” he said, adding: “We will ex­pe­dite it so peo­ple can come back in. The good peo­ple can come back.”

Trump did not elab­o­rate on how he would de­fine “good peo­ple.” But echo­ing ear­lier con­tro­ver­sial re­marks that Mexico was send­ing crim­i­nals across the bor­der, Trump said a tough de­por­ta­tion pol­icy was needed be­cause “there’s def­i­nitely ev­i­dence” of crimes linked to im­mi­grants liv­ing in the coun­try il­le­gally.

The New York busi­ness­man also said he would waste lit­tle time re­scind­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s ex­ec­u­tive ac­tions aimed at al­low­ing as many as 3.7 mil­lion im­mi­grants liv­ing il­le­gally in the U.S. to re­main in the coun­try be­cause of their U.S.-born rel­a­tives. Obama’s Novem­ber 2014 ac­tions were halted by tem­po­rary in­junc­tions or­dered by sev­eral fed­eral courts in rul­ings chal­leng­ing his ex­ec­u­tive pow­ers to al­ter immigration poli­cies with­out Con­gres­sional ap­proval. The cases could lead to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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