No one should be surprised by the militarization of immigration enforcement this article mentions – a militarization of all local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies has been the norm for some time.
Local and state law enforcement agencies are routinely equipped with military grade equipment.
There’s been something of a rumor making the internet rounds that Trump has said he will call out the National Guard to deal with protestors.
And of course an administration like the current one that has completely distanced itself from the truth would deny such a plan.
I’ve seen comments that doing so isn’t possible due to the Posse Comitatus Act – while this Act does excluded the military it does not apply to the National Guard, the Air National Guard, nor the Coast Guard.
Kent State and the Watts Riots are examples when the National Guard were called in, and it very well could happen again.
As with all legislation there is always a loophole included or to follow – one such loophole is the Enforcements Acts that Eisenhower employed to send federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957 related to segregation – that’s federal troops, not the national guard.
In the land of Trump there is no such thing as impossible such is his disregard for the Constitution, civil liberties, and the law.
America is rapidly becoming a police state, from domestic spying to indefinite detention, having turned the government over to a “tin pot dictator” it would be naive to think it wouldn’t deploy the National Guard or even the military.