Last month, the Trump Administration asked a federal court to grant members of the U.S. military the ability to act as police officers at the border for the purpose of controlling the crowds of refugees slowly inching their way towards the U.S./Mexico border. I mean, what’s the worst that can happen getting men and women trained for acts of war, involved in a refugee dispute at the border?
Trump said this to White House reporters last week:
“As far as the caravan is concerned, our military is out. We have about 5,000. We’ll go up to anywhere between 10 and 15,000 military personnel on top of Border Patrol, [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] and everybody else at the border. Nobody is coming in. We’re not allowing people to come in.”
A judge at the Pentagon has finally ruled on the request, however, stomping out any wild ideas the president has to create a rogue militia sure to cause complete chaos, and possibly even seriously hurt or kill refugees.
“According to two defense official familiar with the request, the Department of Homeland Security asked that the Pentagon provide a reserve force that could be called upon to provide “crowd and traffic control” and safeguard Customs and Border Protection personnel at the border to counter a group of Central American migrants walking to the US border to request asylum.”
The report continues:
“The request was turned down because the Department of Defense felt that active duty troops do not have the authority to conduct that type of mission unless they are granted additional authorities by the President.Defense officials have repeatedly emphasized the troops at the border are there to support civil authorities and that they are not expected to come into any contact with migrants.”
“While DHS has discussed the need for potential assistance with force protection of CBP personnel, calling this line of support ‘law enforcement activities’ would be factually inaccurate.”
CNN says, quote:
“On Friday, Trump tried to walk back those comments, telling reporters that “if our soldiers,” or Border Patrol or Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers “are going to be hit in the face with rocks, we’re going to arrest those people. That doesn’t mean shoot them. But we’re going to arrest those people quickly and for a long time.””
It’s almost as if he just makes stuff up on the spot.