The National Archives admitted to censoring photos of the 2017 Women’s March to obfuscate signs with criticism of President Donald Trump. History professor Mathew Connelly calls this the latest example of “a great and growing threat to our nation’s capacity to protect and learn from history.” Connelly is concerned that the archives is now allowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to destroy millions of documents chronicling their treatment of immigrants. (Democracy Now!, February 6, 2020)
Connelly in The New York Times, February 4, 2020, writes that the archives is allowing Trump to get away with tearing up his papers in violation of the Presidential Records Act. They also gave the green light to ICE to shred documents of sexual abuse and death of immigrants and detainee’s complaints of civil rights violations and poor medical care.