That, of course, is illegal.
Courtesy of ABC News:
Continuing his drumbeat messaging campaign on immigration just days before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump, in remarks at the White House Thursday, announced what he described would be a change to rules to crack down on asylum seekers, suggesting without providing evidence that many migrants seek and receive asylum illegitimately.
Trump said the White House is finalizing plans to require migrants to “present themselves lawfully at a point of entry,” and that he would sign a “comprehensive” executive order “sometime next week.”
Under current law, immigrants may apply for asylum regardless of how they enter the country. Trump’s said his order would require them to apply at a port of entry.
For the first time, Trump also seemed to threaten the use of force against migrants at the border.
“They’re throwing rocks viciously and violently,” he claimed, referring to an encounter between the migrants and Mexican police. “They want to throw rocks at our military, our military is going to fight back.”
Asked if the military troops being sent to the border might fire on migrants, Trump responded, “I hope not.” But he quickly added, “Anybody throwing rocks … we will consider that a firearm.”
Asked about rock throwing again, Trump responded, “We’re not going to put up with that. If they want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back. We’re going to consider — and I told them, consider it a rifle. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexico military and police, I say, consider it a rifle.”
The troops are going to the border in a support role only and likely will never even come into contact with any immigrants.
But if they did the military rules of engagement forbid them from using deadly force against rock throwers.
I have been out of the military for 8 years, but I still remember the fucking rules of engagement.
In no scenario is it ok for our Armed Forces to fire at civilians throwing goddamn rocks. That is called an unlawful order. Punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
— Andrew Goss ✊USAF✊ (@Goss30Goss) November 2, 2018
Just like when Trump encouraged police officers to rough up suspects, what Trump is suggesting here is for the American military to break the law and in this case to murder civilians.
By the way where are these rock throwing migrants supposedly standing while they lob projectiles?
Is Trump literally suggesting that American troops fire on people standing on Mexican soil?
Because I’m pretty sure that could be seen as an act of war.
Is this really who we have become?