Is It Legal for Trump to Use the Army at the Border?

Here is Jonathon Moseley explaining what shouldn’t have to be explained about the Army:

It is absurd to claim that our military cannot defend our borders. Yet “That is illegal!” shout internationalists who never wanted our U.S. border protected anyway. Activists proclaim that the U.S. military is crippled under an 1878 law, the Posse Comitatus Act, found at 18 U.S.C. § 1385. We can do nothing but watch helplessly, they argue, as foreigners flood across the frontiers.

The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 prohibits the use of the military for law enforcement purposes. There is actually a lot of scholarly analysis published by legal experts in law review journals. But most political rhetoric is muddled propaganda.

So is it a ‘law enforcement’ function to stop invaders from another country from crossing our border? Is it a military function if citizens of a foreign country approach our border to enter illegally? Or is that a police function?

If securing our nation’s borders is not a proper military role, then what is? Are foreign adventures around the world meddling in other countries’ affairs (to use the rhetoric of opponents of military power) the only proper role of the military? What kind of thinking says it is okay to send the military around the other side of the planet, but not to defend our own country’s borders at home?

Even as thousands of opportunists are marching from Central America towards the U.S. – Mexican border — proudly waving the flags of the nations they claim are persecuting them — President Donald Trump has ordered 5,200 additional troops to block them. Trump has told tough-as-nails General “Mad Dog” Mattis to keep the invaders out of our country. (The deployment is called Operation Faithful Patriot.) If one group of thousands make it across, then – just as happened in Europe — those thousands will turn into floods of tens of thousands, then hundreds of thousands crossing our frontiers.

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