Kirsters Baish| President Donald Trump has explained that he is planning on using the “tremendous powers” of the Insurrection Act in order deport illegal aliens from the United States.
On Thursday, the Daily Caller reported that numerous senior administration officials explained that the President feels that the law, which is not widely known, will be an important part of enforcing immigration laws.
“We’re doing the Insurrection Act,” one official explained.
The Washington Examiner reports:
The Insurrection Act of 1807 gives the president authority to use the military to fight “unlawful obstruction or rebellion” within the U.S.
An official said the president will potentially declare the U.S. as full and say the country cannot accept any more illegal immigrants.
“If you take a ship and it holds 1,000 people maximum — one more person and the ship is going to collapse,” stated the official. “The country is full.”
“Our hospitals are full, our detention centers are full,” the official continued.
Another official reminded of President Trump’s travel ban, showing concern that using the law might provoke legal action. The same official explained that the Supreme Court ruled the travel ban to be constitutional.
“George H.W. Bush was the last president to use the law, during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Dwight D. Eisenhower used it during his presidency to desegregate schools in the South. Illegal immigration levels have hit their highest since 2007, with more than 100,000 illegal immigrants apprehended at the border in April. In February, Trump declared a national emergency in order to move funding to build a wall along the southern border,” the Washington Examiner reports.
In April, the Pentagon said that it was placing more troops at the southern border in support roles. These troops will join the roughly 5,000 National Guard troops that have already been stationed there.
SCOOP: Senior Trump administration officials tell @dailycaller that POTUS is planning on invoking the powers of the Insurrection Act in order to remove illegal immigrants from the U.S. https://t.co/U4a1rsOwAC
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) May 16, 2019