WASHINGTON (AP) - A draft memo indicates that the Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants. The memo was obtained by The Associated Press.
The proposal includes four states that border on Mexico -- California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. But it also includes seven other states that don't -- Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
The Department of Homeland Security says it was an idea that was never seriously considered.
Still, staff members say that as recently as last Friday, there was discussion of a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants.
The idea is outlined in an 11-page draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.White House spokesman Sean Spicer says it's "not a White House document," and that there was "no effort at all" to use the National Guard in that way. And a Homeland Security official says the document was a very early draft that was never brought to the department's secretary for approval.
This is not true. DHS also confirms it is 100% false https://t.co/MFIJci7XaU
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) February 17, 2017
AP sought comment from WH and DHS before publication, and as story notes, no one responded. https://t.co/MRCR3uJMnU— Julie Bykowicz (@bykowicz) February 17, 2017
The plan outlined in the document called for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans.
According to the memo, governors in the 11 states would have had a choice whether to have their guard troops participate.