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White House Considers Possibility of Invoking Insurrection Act to Remove Migrants
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=36326"><span class="small">John Wagner, The Washington Post</span></a>   
Saturday, 18 May 2019 08:24

Wagner writes: "A White House spokesman left often the possibility Friday that President Trump would invoke an arcane law that would allow him to deploy the military to remove illegal immigrants."

A security contractor frisks a detainee ahead of a deportation flight to Honduras. (photo: Getty Images)
A security contractor frisks a detainee ahead of a deportation flight to Honduras. (photo: Getty Images)


White House Considers Possibility of Invoking Insurrection Act to Remove Migrants

By John Wagner, The Washington Post

18 May 19

 

White House spokesman left often the possibility Friday that President Trump would invoke an arcane law that would allow him to deploy the military to remove illegal immigrants, as Trump warned migrants on Twitter that they could be leaving the country soon.

Asked during a television appearance whether Trump is considering using the Insurrection Act, spokesman Hogan Gidley said the president is “going to do everything within his authority to protect the American people” and has “lots of tools at his disposal.”

“We haven’t used them all, and we’re looking at ways to protect the American people,” Gidley said during an appearance on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.”

His interview took place amid a series of tweets from Trump, including some that suggested new actions to crack down on illegal immigrants.

“All people that are illegally coming into the United States now will be removed from our Country at a later date as we build up our removal forces and as the laws are changed,” Trump said in one tweet. “Please do not make yourselves too comfortable, you will be leaving soon!”

In another, Trump said “bad ‘hombres’” were being detained and would be “sent home.”

His tweets followed a Rose Garden speech on Thursday about a new immigration plan that opened him to criticism from conservatives for not pressing a harder line.

The new White House proposal seeks to prioritize the admission to the United States of high-skilled workers over those with family members who are U.S. citizens, but it does not change the net level of green cards allocated each year.

The proposal sidestepped some major components of the nation’s immigration system that can be far more complex and controversial to resolve, such as the fate of the estimated 11 million immigrants without legal status and visas for temporary, low-skilled workers — issues that have divided the Republican Party and pit the business community against labor unions.

In a sign of sensitivity to criticisms from immigration hard-liners, The Post reported Thursday that Trump’s advisers are looking at measures behind the scenes such as the Insurrection Act, an arcane law that allows the president to employ the military to combat lawlessness or rebellion, to remove illegal immigrants.

The idea of using the law was first reported by the Daily Caller, a conservative news outlet, after Trump finished his speech Thursday afternoon.

Such a plan would involve deployment of the National Guard and cooperation of governors who might not be inclined to go along with Trump’s order.

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+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-05-18 09:14
Maybe the Venezuelans can bust Guaido under a similar Insurrection Act. He qualifies as a "bad hombre."

Maybe we can start a list of certifiable "bad hombres" now lurking around in the land of the free and the home of the brave. I sort of think Trump might top the list of "bad hombres." There would be calls for his removal.
 
 
+4 # dotlady 2019-05-18 10:19
Sure, let's remove a huge percentage of our best working force and see where that get our economy and stability as a country. This idea is anti-American, period.
 
 
+3 # DongiC 2019-05-19 06:47
If Trump uses the armed forces against helpless immigrants, he is using the US military in an unjust and unholy cause. The US would sink to a new level of barbarism and our government and way of life would be mocked across the planet. Justifiably so!