President Trump is looking to enact powers under the Insurrection Act to remove illegal immigrants from the country, the Daily Caller reports “multiple senior administration officials” have told them.
According to the report, the Insurrection Act of 1807 gives Trump the authority to use the National Guard and the military to challenge “unlawful obstructions, combinations, or assemblages, or rebellion against the authority of the United States,” on U.S. territory.
From the Daily Caller:
An official expressed concerns that Trump’s use of the act’s powers would face legal challenges, pointing to the lawsuits against the president’s travel ban from majority-Muslim countries. However, as the official noted, the travel ban ultimately prevailed in the Supreme Court.
In addition to the Insurrection Act, the president is also considering declaring the country full and insisting that the U.S. can no longer handle the massive influx of illegal immigrants. 2019 is currently on pace to reach the highest levels of illegal immigration in a decade.
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
According to the report, one senior administration official said, “If you take a ship and it holds 1,000 people maximum — one more person and the ship is going to collapse. The country is full.”
“Our hospitals are full, our detention centers are full,” the official continued.
BizPac Review reports these comments echo ones made by President Trump last month: “The system is full. We can’t take you anymore. Whether it’s asylum, whether it’s anything you want, it’s illegal migration, we can’t take you anymore,” he said in a statement at the time.
“Our country is full, our area’s full, the sector is full. We can’t take you anymore, I’m sorry, can’t happen,” he said. “So turn around, that’s the way it is.”
And, from BizPac Review:
Thanks to both an influx of roughly 75,000 illegals per month and a reduction in available immigration enforcement resources, overcrowding continues to spiral out of control.
Just last weekend The Washington Post confirmed that overcrowding at certain U.S. Border Patrol stations has become so severe that officials “have taken the rare step of using aircraft to relocate migrants to other areas of the border simply to begin processing them.”
“Homeland Security officials requested the aircraft because Border Patrol urgently needs to move single adults out of the lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. The agency is scrambling to make room for the large volume of families and children who have come across the border in dramatically higher numbers in the past several days, officials said.”
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) May 17, 2019
President Trump may have hinted utilizing the act when he tweeted on Friday, “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.”
“Please do not make yourselves too comfortable, you will be leaving soon!” he added.
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. Please do not make yourselves too comfortable, you will be leaving soon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2019
Author: Lawrence Richard