With the country’s heightened concerns over national security in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the relationship between police powers and individual liberties has become increasingly complex. Recent national security measures have given the police expanded and diverse discretionary powers. Many individuals, especially male immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries, have seen their constitutional protections eroded.
The discriminatory laws, practices, and policies promised and delivered by President Trump have social, political, and economic ramifications. First, they reinforce misconceptions about Islam as an inherently violent religion. Second, they breed intolerance, fear, and hostility among the general population
Do new domestic terrorism laws put Black Lives Matter supporters, anti-war protestors, and/or animal rights activists at risk? Do they presently incorporate sufficient safeguards against such misuse and abuse?
"It's important to note that scholars have long observed that political discourse and political events can contribute to the frequency of bias incidents. In fact, this phenomenon has a name today. It's called the Trump Effect."
Voting rights advocates should explore section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act as a vehicle to combat voter intimidation.