White House denies Trump considering use of National Guard for immigration roundup

The wire service cited an 11-page draft memo written by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and dated January 25.

It's possible it's a war of semantics; Press Secretary Sean Spicer has said it's not a White House document and has insisted the White House has no plans to ask governors to mobilize the National Guard to round up undocumented immigrants.

The Trump administration is contemplating an executive order which would authorize the use of National Guard personal to round up illegal immigrants, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Spicer said he could not say for sure if the document was a low-level, unapproved discussion paper from within the administration.

The draft stipulates that eleven states would be targeted including, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. According to Pew Research estimates based on 2014 census data, these areas contain almost 50% of the country's 11.1 million undocumented immigrants.

The Trump administration has flatly denied reports the President has plans to mobilise the National Guard to round up unauthorised immigrants.

The National Guard, unlike other branches of the military, reports to state and federal governments. The unprecedented nature of this proposal comes in how far north from the U.S. -Mexico border troops would be deployed.




Trump's consideration of a National Guard immigrant roundup has been described as "despicable".

Governors of states included in the proposal would have the choice on whether or not its own National Guard troops would participate.

A Cox Media Group producer tweeted at 11:03 a.m. that a DHS official said the memo cited by the AP was "a very early" draft and "was never seriously considered".

Trump has vowed to deport millions of immigrants who reside in the United States illegally, promising to beef up border patrols and build a southern barrier wall and force Mexico to pay for it.

This proposal would extend the federal-local partnership program that was scaled back under President Barack Obama in 2012 because of complaints it promoted racial profiling.

A report has emerged from the Department of Homeland Security suggesting that as many as 100,000 National Guard troops will be mobilized in a deportation effort.

Members of the National Guard talk to Hurricane Katrina holdouts Al Morris (L) and A. Roman (rear L) in the Sixth Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana September 11, 2005.

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