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Ready, Fire, Aim: Military Rushes Into Detention Camp Plan
Jul 10th, 2018 at 8:00pm
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Ready, Fire, Aim: Military Rushes Into Detention Camp Plan

Let's all hope Donny Two Scoops Bone Spur Cadet doesn't get us involved in a real shooting war. With this sort of abysmal lack of preparation, the results could be quite grim for America.

The Pentagon doesn’t have agreements with civilian agencies for detaining thousands of undocumented people on its bases. And new court rulings have only added to the chaos.

The Pentagon is charging ahead with plans to construct detention camps for thousands of undocumented families on military bases—without the foundational bureaucratic and legal work necessary for a highly controversial and morally dubious operation.

It’s another sign of an ad hoc policy that risks creating uncertain, shifting rules affecting thousands of vulnerable people, including thousands of children, and potentially disrupting training and other activities on military bases—all as a spate of new court rulings, immigration lawyers say, complicate the detention plans even further.

“As with any other mission, DOD [the Department of Defense] needs to be told what the mission is, and who is going pay for it. Mission creep is always a concern—DOD, like nature, abhors a vacuum, so tends to fill the gaps left by interagency failures,” said Rachel VanLandingham, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and judge advocate who now teaches at Southwestern Law School.

Over the past several weeks, the Pentagon has fielded a request from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to “house and care for” up to 12,000 undocumented families at bases on or near the southwest border. It’s also received a request from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to similarly detain up to 20,000 undocumented children who crossed the border unaccompanied by their families. A Pentagon spokesperson, Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, told The Daily Beast that these children “are not separated” from their families by the government.

“We’ve got this grey area of who’s paying for it, who monitors [the camps], who mans them, is there gonna be mission creep, and what are the liabilities on U.S. military commanders.”
— Prof. Joshua Kastenberg

Typically, when the Pentagon partners with other agencies or departments on complex or controversial operations, it constructs agreements with them outlining the distinct responsibilities each must perform. Those agreements, often called memoranda of understanding, operate as functional rules of the road: a classic example is the October 2010 accord between the Pentagon and DHS distinguishing their respective roles in cybersecurity.

But Pentagon spokesperson Davis confirmed for The Daily Beast that there is no memorandum of understanding with either DHS or HHS, two weeks after the Pentagon first confirmed, in a June 27 statement, that it was working with DHS to construct the camps. Davis further said it was unclear when such a memorandum of understanding would be signed.

Nor is it clear if the Pentagon’s general counsel—its senior lawyer—has issued an assessment of the legal basis, limits and potential liabilities for base commanders and servicemembers involved in hosting the camps. But Davis pointed to the Economy Act as a legal wellspring for the Pentagon building camps on behalf of DHS and HHS.


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Re: Ready, Fire, Aim: Military Rushes Into Detention Camp Plan
Reply #1 - Jul 11th, 2018 at 6:37am
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So what was the point of spending MILLIONS months ago sending the national Guard at the border by the Trumper?

What were they doing all this time? The problem has only gotten worse

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