While Thanksgiving normally signals the start of what is known as the Giving Season, President Trump didn’t appear to be in a giving mood when it comes to immigration.
Speaking to reporters while in Florida for the holiday, Trump threatened to close the U.S. border with Mexico for an undisclosed period of time if his administration determines that its southern ally has lost “control” on its side.
Trump also said he has given the thousands of active-duty troops he sent to the border before the Nov. 6 midterm elections the “OK” to use lethal force against migrants “if they have to.” And he said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, whom he has faulted for not being tough enough on immigration, is “in there trying.” Fox News
The Department of Homeland Security, which includes Customs and Border Protection asked the Pentagon for help protecting its personnel deployed at the southern border.
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. Read the full intel here.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) November 22, 2018
“The caravans will not be permitted to enter the United States, There are real dangers to the safety and human rights of migrants from those who would prey on them.” ~ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
National Security Presidential Directive 51, an executive order issued in May 2007 that defines the president’s unilateral authority to maintain continuity of the government in the instance of a “catastrophic emergency.” In the directive, a “catastrophic emergency” is defined as “any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government function.”
So the blunt truth is that there are provisions set forth that allow the President to bypass the Posse Comitatus Act, if the President and DoD deem that an event is a catastrophic emergency to United States Civilians
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