Ted Lieu and Anthony Brown Urge DOJ to Withdraw Request of Military Lawyers to Border Crisis
Congressmen Anthony Brown (D-MD)and Ted Lieu (D-CA) penned a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging him to withdraw his request for active duty military lawyers to head to the border and prosecute immigration cases. The DOJ has reportedly petitioned the DOD to provide 21 Judge Advocate Generals (JAGs) to help prosecute immigration cases in Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. Lieu and Brown, both former JAGs, say that Sessions’ proposal in the midst of the ongoing family separation crisis is “unwise, inefficient” and detrimental to national security. In the letter, the members argue that JAGs are not trained in immigration law -- making immigration cases unfair to both the U.S. and the detainees, that the JAG Corps is small and already financially stretched thin, and most importantly, they wrote, is that national security and troops will suffer. The main mission of JAGs is to advise military commanders in war efforts -- not to prosecute “misdemeanor immigration cases,” they said. “Instead of creating new problems for our military, you should focus your efforts on undoing the manufactured crisis you have caused. Simply reverse the policy change you announced earlier this year,” the lawmakers wrote. “Do not take JAGs away from their critical military missions.” More here.