Trump to Invoke Insurrection Act to Root Out Illegal Immigrants
To do so, the president plans to invoke the Insurrection Act, a 212-year-old statute giving the commander-in-chief the authority to deploy federal troops to quell "unlawful obstruction or rebellion."
Thirty years ago, George H.W. Bush last invoked the act to restore order during the Los Angeles riots.
Per The Daily Caller:
According to multiple senior administration officials, the president intends to invoke the “tremendous powers” of the act to remove illegal immigrants from the country.
“We’re doing the Insurrection Act,” one official said.
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.
Separately, the president unveiled a new immigration plan Thursday that focuses on border security and merit-based legal immigration. The plan, which was co-authored by top aides Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller, would increase the proportion of visas granted to highly-skilled immigrants and also establish a self-sustaining border security fund.