April 4, 2018
Our Border Laws are very weak while those of Mexico & Canada are very strong. Congress must change these Obama era, and other, laws NOW! The Democrats stand in our way – they want people to pour into our country unchecked….CRIME! We will be taking strong action today.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2018
The jig is up.
We’re dancing a whole new jig now, friends.
The $1.3 trillion spending bill signed by President Trump in March does not include a penny for the new border wall the president had promised during his presidential campaign.
And while legislators may have figured that would be the end it, Trump surprised many people Tuesday by announcing he might deal with the issue in a different way. As he put it, “I spoke with [Defense Secretary James] Mattis. We’re going to do some things militarily. Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military.”
The president, in particular, seemed concerned about a caravan of migrants from Central America currently marching through Mexico toward the U.S. “If it reaches our border,” said Trump, “our laws are so weak and pathetic…it’s like we have no border.”
While it’s uncertain how the president would deploy the military, or indeed, if he will deploy the military, his statements have created a controversy regarding how much power he has in such a situation.
He is 100% power.
This is one power that no one even questions.
Especially if he sends them inside of Mexico.
There is no single judge that can stop that.
Legally, the debate centers on two federal laws: the Insurrection Act and the Posse Comitatus Act.
The Insurrection Act goes back to 1807, and allows a president to deploy troops anywhere in the U.S. to execute federal law — generally, to put down lawlessness and insurrection. This power is limited, though it was used as justification for the Civil War.
The Posse Comitatus Act, originally passed in 1878, limits the federal government’s use of the military in domestic issues. It came about in response to the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War, when federal troops had been policing the former states of the Confederacy.
While the president is limited in how he may use federal troops, they have been called out in modern times on domestic issues. Some examples:
— in 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas to support desegregation of schools.
— in 2005, President George W. Bush sent the National Guard into the Gulf Coast to help with relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina.
Two recent interventions dealt with border issues:
— from 2006 to 2008, President George W. Bush deployed the National Guard to aid Customs and Border Protection, though troops did not have authority as law enforcement officials and couldn’t detain suspects.
— in 2010, President Barack Obama sent the National Guard to the border, though with limited powers, mostly to fix infrastructure and work on surveillance.
The kind of military action President Trump is hinting at is considerably bolder, and many legal experts question how much power he has to commit the troops to such activity.
No, look – we’re not even going to have that discussion.
We’re going to send them to the Mexican side.
And there ain’t nothing Mexico can do to stop us.
They could try to send their own troops to… fight us… but then we would just start bombing Mexico city.
Mexico is a shithole. They do not have the ability to fight us. Any power that they do have is based on emotional blackmail and their alliance with American Jewry.
But we are bypassing all of that and going strait for the taco filling.
This is a precursor to Trump declaring martial law, as I have requested since mid-November 2016.
That is where this is going.