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Trump: Military Can Use Force At Border

President Donald Trump said yesterday the military will respond with force to anyone in the invading migrant “caravans” who attacks soldiers with rocks or other objects.

"We're not going to put up with that. They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back," Trump said during a White House press conference about immigration. "I told them, consider it a rifle. When they Trump immigration tweetthrow rocks like they did at the Mexico military and police, I say consider it a rifle."

Asked by a reporter to clarify if U.S. troops might fire on the caravan, Trump responded, "I hope not, I hope not -- but it's the military."

"If these caravans are allowed into our country, only bigger and more emboldened caravans will follow -- and you see that's what's happening now," Trump said.

At a rally Wednesday in Fort Myers, Fla., Trump charged that the leading incoming caravan represents a security threat. "They got a lot of rough people in those caravans -- they are not angels. They are not," he said.

On Thursday, Trump again characterized the caravan as an "invasion" that has "overrun the Mexican police -- and hurt, badly, Mexican soldiers. ... They're wasting their time. They should turn back now."

Trump has said that up to 15,000 U.S. troops could be deployed to the border if the caravan continues its approach. The Pentagon noted Wednesday afternoon that its initial estimate was for 7,000 troops at the border.

Naturally, Democrats oppose the move. USA Today reported that Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, the top Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee, called the deployment a blatant effort to incite hatred and fear a week before the election. Retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal lamented the use of the military for clearly political purposes, arguing on MSNBC that such a move does not reflect America's values.

In conservative circles there is a strong current of opinion that says the whole “migrant caravan” is a set-up by Soros and his minions and that Democrats are cynically hoping for some sort of election-changing incident in which some poor Central American is martyred at the hands of the American military that the Left despises anyway.

In the view of the “it’s a set-up” crowd the illegal aliens should be somehow treated “humanely” but not allowed to enter the United States. Who will corral them and where they will be interned is left to imaginary friends in the federal workforce who will be mobilized to the Southern Border.

It may indeed be a set-up and the Left may indeed be hoping for an election-changing incident, but there is only one national asset with the capabilities, equipment and personnel to handle this situation, and that is the United States military.

USA Today claims the deployment initially raised questions over a president's ability to deploy troops within the United States. A 140-year-old law called the Posse Comitatus Act generally bars a president from using the active-duty military within U.S boundaries.

But Congress has carved out some exceptions to that rule over the years. The military can be used to halt armed insurrections, and to help recover weapons of mass destruction on U.S. soil.

In 1991, Congress passed a law that allows the Pentagon to assist federal and state law enforcement officials during domestic anti-drug operations.

For the vast majority of our country’s history the military didn’t do its work overseas – its number one job was to defend the United States and its borders. It is a fantasy of the Cold War era that all the threats to our national sovereignty can be stopped by strategic bombers and nuclear missiles, as opposed to soldiers on patrol at our borders.

We don’t have to meet the invading army of illegal aliens with tanks to assure that they do not pose a threat to our national security or overwhelm our border patrol and immigration system.

When the United States defeated Saddam Hussein’s forces in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom we took tens of thousands of prisoners who were captured, secured, housed and fed by the United States military. The notion that the U.S. military is incapable of handling the army of illegal aliens approaching our Southern border in a humane manner is not only an insult to the professionalism and capability of our military officers and troops, it is rebutted by the plain evidence of our national history.

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