Friday, February 17, 2017

AP: Trump weighs mobilizing National Guard for immigration roundups

The Associated Press is reporting that

"The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.

The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana.

Four states that border on Mexico are included in the proposal — California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas — but it also encompasses seven states contiguous to those four — Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Governors in the 11 states would have a choice whether to have their guard troops participate, according to the memo, written by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly . . . ."

Here is the memo, which, among other things, calls for the expansion of the 287g program.


After the news of the proposal broke, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer denied that the administration was considering anything like it. 


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