Report: National Guard Considered For Trump's Immigration Enforcement

The Associated Press says a draft memo called for as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to help with immigration enforcement.
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Report: National Guard Considered For Trump's Immigration Enforcement

The Associated Press reported the Trump administration considered deploying the National Guard to round up people who are illegally living in the U.S., according to a draft memo.

Almost immediately, administration officials called the story false.

The draft memo, dated Jan. 25, appears to be from Secretary of Homeland Security Gen. John Kelly. It called for as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to help with immigration enforcement.

Those troops would come from states that border Mexico, as well as adjoining states, according to the document, which also says governors in each of those states would decide if their National Guard would participate.

We should note the Associated Press said the move is just a proposal the White House considered and not an official plan.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called the report "100 percent not true" but didn't say if the administration had ever discussed the plan.

A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security also said the report was false.

The Associated Press says it asked both the White House and Homeland Security for comment before the report went live, but neither responded to the request.

The report comes as hundreds of people were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents across the U.S. in the past few weeks.

It also comes as the Trump administration deals with a number of leaks from the White House. President Donald Trump said Thursday he'd directed the Justice Department to investigate recent leaks as a criminal matter.

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