President Donald Trump is ramping up preparations for the migrant invasion approaching the U.S.-Mexico border, noting that those who cross illegally will be captured and detained.
That statement was part of a growing war of words between him and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts that emerged today in response to a federal judge’s decision to block the president’s order regarding illegal entrants who seek asylum after they are caught. The president slammed the judge, pointing out he was appointed by his successor, President Barack Obama.
In response, the chief justice told the Associated Press:
“We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges. What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. The independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.”
The president responded this afternoon on Twitter:
“Sorry Chief Justice John Roberts, but you do indeed have “Obama judges,” and they have a much different point of view than the people who are charged with the safety of our country. It would be great if the 9th Circuit was indeed an “independent judiciary,” but if it is why are so many opposing view (on Border and Safety) cases filed there, and why are a vast number of those cases overturned. Please study the numbers, they are shocking. We need protection and security – these rulings are making our country unsafe! Very dangerous and unwise!
“There are a lot of CRIMINALS in the Caravan. We will stop them. Catch and Detain! Judicial Activism, by people who know nothing about security and the safety of our citizens, is putting our country in great danger. Not good!”
The Military Times is also reporting today that the White House has issued a memo allowing troops positioned at the southern border to engage in some law enforcement roles and also to use lethal force, if necessary. The order was actually signed by Chief of Staff John Kelly as a “Cabinet order” that directs Defense Secretary James Mattis to take what actions are deemed “reasonably necessary” to protect border agents.
There are currently 5,900 active-duty soldiers at the border, along with 2,100 National Guardsmen. Liberal activists are complaining this order conflicts directly with the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act.