Executive Power

Pete Souza

Debates over the proper scope of executive power in the United States have been a feature of U.S. law and politics dating back to before the nation’s founding. Article II of the Constitution vests the president with “the executive power” and the power to act as the military’s Commander in Chief, but the post-9/11 presidency has been characterized as a striking expansion of executive power, particularly in the area of national security.

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Document: Memorandum on Use of Force in Border Deployment

The Military Times reported on Nov. 21 that a White House memorandum had authorized the use of force by troops stationed at the U.S.-Mexico border. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly raised concerns over the constitutionality of the authorization, Politico writes.

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