President Trump Considering Using 100,000 National Guard Troops To Combat Illegal Immigration
According to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press, the Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up illegal immigrants.
The 11-page document calls for the militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana.
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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.
While National Guard personnel have been used to assist with immigration-related missions on the U.S.-Mexico border before, they have never been used as broadly as the memo suggests.
The memo is addressed to the then-acting heads of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It would serve as guidance to implement the wide-ranging executive order on immigration and border security that President Donald Trump signed Jan. 25. Such memos are routinely issued to supplement executive orders.