President Donald Trump is considering mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up millions of undocumented immigrants in 11 states.
The Associated Press reported that the Trump administration would deploy the troops in four border states — Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas — and seven other states (Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Utah) that don’t share borders with Mexico.
The plan stems from a two-week-old memo written by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, and stipulates that governors of those 11 states would still have final say as to whether or not the National Guard would be deployed in their states to round up immigrants. National Guard troops would be asked “to perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension and detention of aliens in the United States,” according to the memo.
However, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer denied the Trump administration was moving forward with the plan, calling the AP’s reporting of the memo “irresponsible.”
“There is no effort at all to utilize the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants,” Spicer told the AP.
If it becomes official policy, the proposal to utilize the National Guard would mean over 5 million of the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants within U.S. borders would be at risk of being rounded up and deported, as those 11 states host more than half of the nation’s undocumented population.
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