And, yet, THIS happened.
This hateful racist wanted troops on the border, at the tune of $72 Million Wasted Taxpayer dollars…it was a damn stunt for the midterms.
Mattis, to his credit, wanted nothing to do with him, but COS John ‘ Ain’t Shyt’ Kelly, went around him, to get the troops on the border. So then, Mattis, actually knowing the Constitution and rule of law, was like, none of his soldiers are going to be put in the position to violate the Posse Comitatus Act – so, the troops are down there – UNARMED.
Let’s be clear. We have a caravan of women and children, WALKING to try and get to this country to apply for asylum, which they can legally do.
DHS Wouldn’t Take Mattis’ No for an Answer on Lethal Force
The Pentagon chief said he didn’t have the authority to order troops to open fire on the caravan’s unarmed migrants. So DHS got the authority from the White House.
Spencer Ackerman, Asawin Suebsaeng
11.21.18 5:22 PM ET
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis last month objected to using military force to protect border agents on the southwest border, a knowledgeable current U.S. official and a former Defense Department official told The Daily Beast.
But Mattis didn’t object on principle. When the Department of Homeland Security requested the so-called force protection mission from the Pentagon, Mattis declined because he thought he lacked the authority to do so, the current official said.
Mattis’ objection, as of late October, was the genesis of a highly controversial White House memorandum issued late Tuesday explicitly authorizing the potential use of lethal force against the unarmed civilians of the migrant caravan.
DHS wouldn’t take no for an answer, The Daily Beast has learned. Homeland Security went above Mattis’ head in order to get Donald Trump’s chief of staff to secure for them the potentially lethal military force for which immigration hardliners in the administration had clamored.
In internal discussions with DHS, Mattis pointed to an April 4 memorandum from Trump on hardening the southern border. That memo directed cooperation between Mattis, Nielsen, and then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions on combating “illegal drugs, dangerous gang activity, and extensive illegal immigration.” (Border crossings have declined over the past decade, and are at levels historically far from “extensive.”) But the memo did not provide Mattis with explicit authorities to use military force, let alone lethal force, in aiding CBP should agents come in danger.
DHS was unwilling to leave the matter at that. The former Defense official said that Homeland Security circumvented Mattis and the Pentagon and instead went directly to the White House in an effort to secure explicit authority for this move from Trump and the West Wing.
And it appears to have worked. Kelly’s memo directly included authorization for lethal military backup. DHS and National Security Council officials did not reply to The Daily Beast’s inquiries by deadline.
Dolt45 and his racist acolytes have been mad ever since the judge told them that they can’t shut down the Southern Border. International law says that these people have the right to come and apply for asylum. This country LITERALLY WROTE the rules for how to apply for asylum, and now, they want to pretend that they can just disregard those rules.
Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Asylum Ban
The ruling is a victory for immigrants-rights and civil liberties groups, which had called President Donald Trump’s proclamation both illegal and “a great moral failure.”
11.20.18 11:08 AM ET
A federal district judge overnight blocked a presidential proclamation barring people who enter the United States between ports of entry from seeking asylum, calling the administration’s arguments that federal law could accommodate the policy “unpersuasive.”
“The rule barring asylum for immigrants who enter the country outside a port of entry irreconcilably conflicts with the [Immigration and Naturalization Act] and the expressed intent of Congress,” wrote U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar, pointing to a federal law stipulating that “any alien who is physically present in the United States, or who arrives in the United States (whether or not at a designated port of arrival…), irrespective of such alien’s status, may apply for asylum.”
“Whatever the scope of the president’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden,” Tigar concluded in a decision released early Tuesday morning. “Defendants’ claims that the rule can somehow be harmonized with the INA are not persuasive.”
The ruling, which includes a temporary restraining order prohibiting the federal government from automatically disqualifying any asylum-seeker who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally from seeking the right of asylum, is a victory for immigrants-rights and civil liberties groups, which had called President Donald Trump’s proclamation both illegal and “a great moral failure.”