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  • Main Title Border Security and Military Support: Legal Authorizations and Restrictions


  • Author: Vina, Stephen R
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: American Law Division


  • Name: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.
    Place of Publication: Washington D.C.


  • Creation: 2006-05-23


  • English


  • Content Description: The military generally provides support to law enforcement and immigration authorities along the southern border. Reported escalations in violence and illegal immigration, however, have prompted some lawmakers to reevaluate the extent and type of military support that occurs in the border region. President Bush has reportedly announced an interest in sending National Guard troops to support the Border Patrol. Addressing domestic laws and activities with the military, however, might run afoul of the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits use of the armed forces to perform the tasks of civilian law enforcement unless explicitly authorized. There are alternative legal authorities for deploying the National Guard, and the precise scope of permitted activities and funds may vary with the authority exercised.
  • Physical Description: 6 pages.


  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: International affairs
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: National Guard - U.S.
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Border patrols - Security measures
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Defense policy
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Immigration


  • Name: Congressional Research Service Reports
    Code: CRSR


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • CRS Report Number: RS22443
  • Accession or Local Control No: RS22443 2006-05-23
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metacrs8953