Trump Administration Considers Mobilizing 100,000 National Guard Troops For Immigrant Round Up

An 11-page draft memo obtained by The Associated Press reveals a Trump administration proposal under consideration to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants as far north as Portland, Oregon.

The memo outlines an “unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement” in four states that border Mexico — California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas — as well as seven states contiguous to those four — Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Governors in the 11 states named in the memo would have to give their final approval on whether to have their guard troops participate, according to the memo, written by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

The AP adds:

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 or as far north.

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.

h/t: JMG