White House approves use of force by troops at border

Posted by Aline Barros and Jeff Seldin | 22 November 2018 | 950 times

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The Trump administration is allowing troops stationed at the U.S.-Mexico border to engage in some law enforcement activities and, if necessary, use lethal force.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis confirmed to reporters on Wednesday that he had received a Cabinet order signed by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, not President Donald Trump, making engagement guidelines less restrictive.

"The president did see a need to back up the Border Patrol [officers], and we received late last night an additional instruction authorizing us to implement additional measures. We're sizing up what those are. We already talked with folks over at DHS [Department of Homeland Security]," Mattis said.

He added that he wouldn’t take any action unless he heard from DHS.

"The secretary of homeland security has to ask me to do stuff. I now have the authority to do more. Now we'll see what she asks me for," Mattis said.  (VOA) 

Members of the U.S. military install multiple tiers of concertina wire along the banks of the Rio Grande near the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge at the U.S.-Mexico border, Nov. 16, 2018, in Laredo, Texas.

Source: News Express

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