AP Reports Trump Admin Could Bring National Guard in to Enforce Immigration, White House Denies It
The Trump Administration’s Department of Homeland Security allegedly drafted an 11-page memo that weighs using as many as 100,000 National Guardsmen to round up illegal immigrants in the United States. The plan apparently has those forces sweeping across the South, with Bloomberg citing New Orleans, specifically.
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, a retired four-star Marine general.
As my colleague at RedState, Jay Caruso, mentioned in his post (linked at the top), going to the governors is key, and here in Louisiana, we could have almost certainly expected John Bel Edwards to decline the offer.
However, as it turns out, the White House and DHS are calling the story false.
This is not true. DHS also confirms it is 100% false https://t.co/MFIJci7XaU
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) February 17, 2017
No idea if this is another case of fake news or not. The AP story mentioned that it asked the administration multiple times if the story was true or not.