James Branum of the Military Law Task Force of the NLG, has just written a legal memo for soldiers deployed/facing deployment to the border, explaining orders violations and the law surrounding refusal of unlawful orders.
"Critical legal information for US servicemembers concerned about the legality of orders to deploy to the US-Mexico border
The Trump Administration's political stunt of trying to block asylum seekers from reaching the United States, even if it requires the use of force, raises serious legal and ethical questions for military servicemembers deployed for "support operations" at the border.
The Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild shares the concerns of organizations such as Veterans For Peace, Courage to Resist, and others, that US servicemembers are being given illegal orders. We are also troubled about the lack of effective legal alternatives for service members dealing with possible illegal orders and believe it is essential that members of the military are fully informed about their rights and responsibilities under the law. In this memorandum, we will discuss briefly some the legal challenges that a servicemember might face when deciding whether to disobey a possibly illegal order."
You can also read our statement on the deployment of troops to the border.
Veterans For Peace members have spent the last few weeks working diligently to speak out against the deployment of active duty troops to the border.
Over the last few weeks, many of our members traveled to Nogales to participate in the annual SOA Watch: Border Encuentro. Executive Director Michael McPhearson and Robert Vivar of the Unified U.S. Deported Veterans both spoke eloquently at the rally in Nogales. And the Veterans For Peace Deported Veterans Workshop was jam packed!
While there, many took the opportunity to distribute the flyers that VFP created to the surrounding bases. One member even went onto the base, using his privilege as retired military and handed them out right in the canteen to members eating!
Our chapters in Tijuana and Baja have been working around the clock to support asylum seekers that are resting in their community. They have been helping to gather and distribute clothing, blankets and other goods to the caravan. They also have been working hard to challenge the bias that exists towards the caravan in Tijuana and encourage support for the refugees.