This comes as the White House and the right-wing media are continuing to focus ahead of the midterm elections on a caravan of Central American migrants that is more than 1,000 miles from the U.S. border. On Monday, the White House announced plans to send 5,200 active-duty U.S. troops to the border. Meanwhile, Trump described the caravan as “an invasion,” echoing language used by Robert Bowers, who attacked a synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, killing 11 worshipers. On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked if troops at the border would adhere to posse comitatus, meaning armed forces cannot be used in a domestic police role, and if Trump would suspend habeas corpus, or the right of arrested individuals to appear before a judge.
Steven Portnoy: “It has not been ruled out? Those are options on the table?
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “Look, I’m not going to get into specific policies that we’re considering. There’s a number of actions that we’re looking at taking.”