//Exclusive: Documents Show U.S. Military Allowed To Shoot At Moving Vehicles At U.S.-Mexico Ports Of Entry

Exclusive: Documents Show U.S. Military Allowed To Shoot At Moving Vehicles At U.S.-Mexico Ports Of Entry

New Pentagon documents obtained by Newsweek reveal that U.S. forces deployed to the southern border have had broader permissions for the use of lethal force than previously thought, including being able to shoot at asylum seekers in moving vehicles. Among those permissions are being allowed to shoot at migrants and asylum seekers in moving vehicles—a move strictly prohibited by many police forces across the country. The documents, which offer legal guidance, were issued in July, just three days after President Donald Trump’s new Defense Secretary, Mark T. Esper, was sworn into office. They were a portion of a larger operations order for the U.S. Army North, the primary unit charged with overseeing the Pentagon’s mission at the U.S.-Mexico border. As many as 5,500 service members are authorized to serve at the border. The guidance was obtained by Newsweek through a Defense Department source who requested anonymity due to fear of reprisal from Pentagon brass. Two other U.S. military sources confirmed the document’s authenticity. You can read the entire document at the bottom of this story. U.S. President Donald Trump visits the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Otay Mesa, California on September 18, 2019. Legal guidance issued by the Pentagon in July and obtained by Newsweek has revealed that some U.S. forces deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border were given expanded permissions for the use of lethal force, including being able to shoot at migrants and asylum seekers in moving vehicles—a move strictly prohibited by many police forces across the country. NICHOLAS […]

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