All Those Troops Aren’t on the Border for Show — Trump Just Gave Them Authority to Use Force on Caravan

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As the controversial migrant caravan made its way north toward the United States, President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, reportedly signed an order allowing troops to use force in certain situations.

IJR previously reported on the thousands of troops that Trump deployed to the border as the estimated size of the caravan increased. According to the Military Times, the southern border currently has nearly 6,000 active duty troops and 2,100 National Guard forces.

The order, signed on Tuesday, gave the Defense Department the power to engage in law enforcement tactics and use force to protect themselves in addition to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. That included “a show or use of force (including lethal force, where necessary), crowd control, temporary detention. and cursory search.”

The order could, however, lead troops to violate the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits the federal government from using the Air Force and Army as functional replacements for law enforcement.

As the Times noted, the Congressional Research Service reported that case law considered violations occurring “(a) when the Armed Forces perform tasks assigned to an organ of civil government, or (b) when the Armed Forces perform tasks assigned to them solely for purposes of civilian government.”

The order came as both the president and reportedly some Mexican protesters called the caravan an “invasion.”

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Earlier this week, Trump said that the U.S. was “ill-prepared for this invasion” and told migrants to “go home!”

“They are causing crime and big problems in Mexico,” he said of the migrants.

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Hazel Belcher
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Send then back!!!!!!!!

Timothy Terry Hayes
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I think it’s prudent to consider martial law on the border. This is not a few upset people this is organized invasion created by special interest. Their idea is to overwhelm our country in order to slowly take control. The same as the Muslims plan to do with other countries. What’s wrong with these people? It didn’t work in your own country why do you think it’s going to work here? I’m willing to work on a limb and say we must protect our borders and our self. To me this comes under stand your g

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