Trump promised to send in the military to guard the U.S. border.
Speaking at a lunch with Baltic leaders, Trump said he’s been discussing the idea with his Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis.
“We’re going to be doing things militarily. Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military,” he said, calling the measure a “big step.”
Sounds tough, but basically he can’t. Well, he can, but all the military can do is support the Border Patrol. The Posse Comitatus Act prevents the military from doing anything that resembles police action. So all this talk about “doing things militarily” is just more Trump wanking.
(By the way, the history of the Act is a study in political bargaining. In exchange for getting the federal troops out of the South during Reconstruction, the Electoral College delivered the White House to Rutherford B. Hayes over the popular vote winner Samuel Tilden in the election of 1876.)