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Controversial Report Says Trump to Send National Guard to Round Up Illegal Immigrants

A proposal to use up to 100,000 members of the National Guard to arrest undocumented immigrants in 11 states was revealed this week in a Homeland Security Department memo leaked to The Associated Press.

The draft document called for deporting not only foreigners living illegally in the border states of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas; but also in Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. The government has never deployed nearly that many National Guard troops to enforce immigration policies, sending the forces only rarely to border areas.

Homeland Security employees claim the plan was still under consideration at least until last week, but it has not reached the desk of department Secretary John Kelly. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the memo was “not a White House document.” He told reporters that the AP report was “100 percent not true,” adding: “There is no effort to do what is potentially suggested … no effort at all to utilize the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants.”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as U.S. Customs and Border Protection, also received the memo. The document explained that National Guard troops would “perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension, and detention of aliens in the United States.” However, governors of the 11 states could block the effort because they control National Guard forces that are based within their borders. The memo did not call for the troops to be nationalized.

The Pew Research Center determined that almost half of the 11.1 undocumented immigrants in the United States in 2014 resided in the 11 states.

On Jan. 25, President Trump signed an executive action to deport undocumented immigrants who have “committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense.” The order has resulted in the arrest of more than 600 people, many of whom are guilty of misdemeanor offenses. During his campaign last year, Trump promised his supporters that he would deport all undocumented immigrants.

Source: Newsmax
Photo: Wikimedia/Gage Skidmore

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