White House Denies Trump Will Call Up National Guard for Immigrant Roundup
Feb 17 2017 by Desiree Burns
President Donald Trump's administration is reportedly considering using the national guard to "round up unauthorised immigrants".
The Associated Pressreported this morning that an 11-page document would call for the National Guard to be called up in 11 states, including some not along the Mexican border, to round up undocumented immigrants.
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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 AP cited a draft memo indicating "millions" of immigrants would be affected in 11 states, not necessarily near the Mexico border. During his campaign for the presidency, Trump promised to deport as many as three million immigrants who had criminal records.In a June 2015 speech about building a wall across the United States border with Mexico he branded Mexican immigrants "criminals" and "rapists". Those with existing deportation orders could be sent back to their countries of origin without additional court proceedings. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, according to the AP, and would give governors in those states final say on whether to participate.