AP: President Trump Allegedly Considers Using The National Guard to Round Up Illegals

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The Trump administration has already begun to authorize Immigration and Cunstoms Enforcement agents to round up certain illegal aliens present in the United States, with the first raids taking place last week. Now, according to an alleged White House memo, the National Guard in several states may be the newest means of immigration law enforcement.

The Associated Press on a memo they claim came from the administration, an 11 page document that describes a plan to authorize members of the National Guard to act as ICE agents in the process of enforcing immigration law against those present in the United States illegally. As many as 100,000 National Guardsmen may be activated.

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.

The memo states that participation is voluntary, and the Governors of each state may choose to opt out of activating the Guard to assist ICE.

The memo allegedly indicated that such authorization would be effective as far as Portland, Oregon.

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. Such memos are routinely issued to supplement executive orders.

Also dated Jan. 25, the draft memo says participating troops would be authorized “to perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension and detention of aliens in the United States.” It describes how the troops would be activated under a revived state-federal partnership program, and states that personnel would be authorized to conduct searches and identify and arrest any unauthorized immigrants.

One of the important things to note is that the Guard would not be nationalized under this plan; the troops would remain under state control (as they should be).

Additionally, the memo mentions hiring an additional 5,000 border agents, but financing for such would need to be authorized by Congress.

This is currently just a memo, and not a plan that is currently being enacted. The White House, however, has denied that this is a plan.

The AP, as of the time of this publication, still has the story online, and has not issued any update. If and when updates on this alleged memo leak become available, we will provide the new information accordingly.