White House expected to give U.S. troops permission to use lethal force to protect Border Patrol
The Trump administration plans to grant U.S. troops on the Mexican border the authority to use force to help protect Border Patrol officers, defense officials said Tuesday, a significant widening of a mission already criticized as politically motivated rather than a national security priority.
President Trump is expected a sign an executive order giving armed troops the authority to intervene if U.S. personnel are endangered by migrants trying to cross the border, the officials said. The order doesn’t rule out use of deadly force, LA Times reports.
The order could face legal challenges to determine if it violates a U.S. law that bars active duty military from conducting domestic law enforcement functions. The Posse Comitatus Act, first passed in 1878 and amended several times, is intended to limit the government’s ability to use military personnel within the United States except in natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other national emergencies. ~ David S. Cloud of LA Times
The Department of Homeland Security, which includes Customs and Border Protection asked the Pentagon for help protecting its personnel deployed at the southern border.
Currently the soldiers are not armed and are not allowed to carry out any Law Enforcement, the illegals invasion now knows this and they have started to jump the fences with 0 regard for U.S. Soldiers who can only monitor and call it in to the Border Patrol.
A Video posted by online depicts part of the caravan passing through a toll booth in which State and Federal police are providing security for the group as it heads to the U.S. border. The caravan stopped on the outskirts of Ciudad Obregon for a period of no more than 10 minutes to receive food and water. The caravan later stopped at a gas station, where they were met by personnel from Civil Protection and other agencies.
The Posse Comitatus Act, which limits federal troops’ deployment on U.S. soil and forbids using them to enforce domestic laws, can be used but congress must approve it. If it was approved it would place southern states along the border in a martial law and allow U.S. troops to be armed and engage the illegal aliens.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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