Truman Project Statement on Reports of Military Authorization to Use Lethal Force on the Border

“This so-called ‘Cabinet order,’ as reported, is both illegal and unconstitutional.”

“It is a longstanding and undisputed principle that the United States military cannot engage in law enforcement activity at home. It is also common sense that using lethal force against desperate migrants is nothing short of despicable. And of course, once again, President Trump is pushing atrocious policies not under his own name, but by hiding behind his staff.”

“This policy cannot be allowed to stand. Congress needs to speak out now, or else the president and his enablers will no doubt continue to pursue increasingly dramatic abuses of power.”