White House Gives OK to Lethal Force at Mexico Border

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With heightened tensions in the White House due to Central American asylum-seekers heading to the U.S. border, the U.S. government decided to give troops stationed at the southern border the OK to use lethal force if necessary.

According to NY Post, this “cabinet order” was signed by White House chief of staff John Kelly. It authorizes “Department of Defense military personnel” to “perform those military protective activities that the Secretary of Defense determines are reasonably necessary” to protect border agents.

This means the troops can show or use force (this includes lethal force), crowd control, and temporary detention and cursory search.

This cabinet order has been met with frustration, some saying it violates the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act.

According to NY Post, the Congressional Research Service determined, “case law indicates that ‘execution of the law’ in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act occurs when (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 loophole in the law does allow the president to “use military force to suppress insurrection or to enforce federal authority.”

President Trump addressed something similar earlier in the month when he said U.S. troops could “fight back” if the asylum-seekers threw rocks their way.

“They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back. I told them to consider it a rifle. When they throw rocks like what they did to the Mexican military and police, I say consider it a rifle,” Trump explained.

There are around 5,900 active-duty troops and 2,100 National Guard forces deployed to the Mexican border.

Do you think military force should be used to control civilians? Read more about this story on NY Post here.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Should military force be used to control civilians?

62% Yes – whatever it takes
38% No – overkill
59% Yes – whatever it takes
41% No – overkill
67% Yes – whatever it takes
33% No – overkill

Yes – whatever it takes

No – overkill

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