UPDATE: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer returned to the press cabin before Marine One was wheels up to respond to the Associated Press report on National Guard being used to round up people in the U.S. illegally.
“That is 100% not true. It is false. It is irresponsible to be saying this,” insisted Spicer. “There is no effort at all to round up, to utilize the National Guard to round up illegal immigrants.”
“I wish you guys had asked before you tweeted,” he added.
The Associated Press reporter noted they asked multiple times before publication.
(AP) – The Associated Press is reporting that the Trump administration is considering mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants.
A draft memo obtained by The Associated Press outlines a Trump administration proposal under consideration to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants. Millions of those who would be affected in 11 states live nowhere near the Mexico border.
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. If the proposal is implemented, governors in the affected states would have final approval on whether troops under their control participate.
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