Well, this is big news… it looks like the White House has approved the use of deadly force by U.S. troops against illegal aliens trying to crash our southern border.
Many in the media have attacked the administration saying that Trump putting troops on the border is all a ruse made to give Trump political cover. Some reports said the U.S. troops will never be armed in their duties at the border, too.
But now, with this new order that force is authorized, those criticisms seem to be moot.
According to Military Times:
The White House late Tuesday signed a memo allowing troops stationed at the border to engage in some law enforcement roles and use lethal force, if necessary — a move that legal experts have cautioned may run afoul of the Posse Comitatus Act.
The new “Cabinet order” was signed by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, not President Donald Trump. It allows “Department of Defense military personnel” to “perform those military protective activities that the Secretary of Defense determines are reasonably necessary” to protect border agents, including “a show or use of force (including lethal force, where necessary), crowd control, temporary detention. and cursory search.”
There are approximately 5,900 active-duty troops and 2,100 National Guard forces deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Naturally, critics have already shifted from accusations that the troop placement was all for show to accusations that the force order breaks U.S. law.
As the Times wrote:
Some of those activities, including crowd control and detention, may run into potential conflict with the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act. If crossed, the erosion of the act’s limitations could represent a fundamental shift in the way the U.S. military is used, legal experts said.
How long do you think it will take before some left-wing agitator ferrets out some left-wing “judge” who tries to issue an “order” canceling Trump’s placement of the troops on the border?
They are looking as we speak, you can bet.
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