No plan to use National Guard for immigration enforcement: White House

Michael Nelson, a coal miner worker shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump as he prepares to sign Resolution 38, at the White House in Washington, U.S.
Michael Nelson, a coal miner worker shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump as he prepares to sign Resolution 38, which nullfies the "stream protection rule", at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria -

February 17, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Friday said there was no plan to utilize the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants, after a news report asserted that the proposal had been under consideration by the Trump administration.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters he couldn’t categorically say the move had never been discussed anywhere in the administration. The Associated Press reported the proposal to mobilize up to 100,000 National Guard troops was part of a draft memo being circulated at the Department of Homeland Security.

Spicer sharply criticized the report. “There is no effort at all to … utilize the National Guard to round up illegal immigrants,” he said. “This is 100 percent not true.”

David Lapan, a spokesman for DHS, said the department was “not considering mobilizing the National Guard for immigration enforcement.”

The AP said the draft memo, dated Jan. 25, had been circulating among DHS staff for about two weeks and was addressed to the then-acting heads of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

It reported the 11-page document called for an unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement on the states bordering Mexico – California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas – and also encompassed seven states contiguous to those four — Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

The AP said the memo was meant to serve as guidance to implement the wide-ranging executive order on immigration and border security that President Donald Trump signed on Jan. 25.

A DHS official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the memorandum obtained by the Associated Press was an “early, early version” of a document being prepared by staff for Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. Discussion of the National Guard was dropped before the memo ever made it to Kelly’s desk, the official said.

The memo being prepared for Kelly has not yet been finalized but is expected to be finished soon, the official said.

(Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe and David Alexander; Writing by Susan Heavey and David Alexander; Editing by Tim Ahmann and W Simon)

  • Bill Jr

    The White House Reported Today “Why Should We Use The National Guard When There Are Plenty of NRA Members Who Would Gladly Do It For Free!”

  • LucaBrasi

    In other breaking news, the AP is reporting the Trump Administration plans to launch a full scale nuclear attack on California later today. Unnamed sources say the President opened the briefcase containing the nuclear codes (and a few fat roaches ex- President Obama forgot to take with him when he was demoted to shadow-president). When asked for comment, President Trump said He was taking this action to make good on a bet he made with son, Eric after losing a game of Jenga in the Oval Office Thursday night.

    • daisydoyle

      Your comments are ridiculous.

      • Daniel Lindsey

        So is this story—a draft/draft/draft is just that—it is called “brainstorming”. — throwing ideas on the table —- part of a process that is used and has been used for centuries to help insure a search of a solution to a problem or to develop a plan that considers all factors before a decision is reached. Same thing good reporter do when planning their actions on a storyline. AP is showing itself to be fake news–years ago when the press was for the most part a professional calling this story would never have seen the light of day as it was what it said it was —–a damn draft!!!!! Not a news story— the news editor wold have thrown it in the trash as rumor not a factual news story for publication. The media and press is no longer a professional organization –just a bunch of self righteous unqualified rumor mongers with no idea if what the truth is. By the way “freedom of the Media” is not mentioned in the Constitutiin—just saying.

        • LucaBrasi

          Actually, I made the whole thing up as a sarcastic comment to mock how ridiculous the mainstream media is with all the fake negative news stories about the Trump Administration, especially the AP story that Trump is planning to deploy the National Guard to round up illegal immigrants.

          Also, Daisy my dear, I don’t recall asking for a review of my sense of humor, after all your comments are nothing to write home about, either. Here’s a few classic nuggets from your drivel:

          “You sound like you really know what you are talking about.”

          “I always like to remind viewers that truth is only what the media tells.”

          “I always thought the right to negotiate your contract through collective bargaining was ruled constitutionally guaranteed? Now we have states implementing not just the right to work, but have made laws that prevent automatic membership sign up when agreeing to work?”

          “We need absolute guarantee that our rights shall not be usurped by the religous right in any case.”

          “Go with God.”

          “WHILE I CAN SEE SOME GROUNDS FOR A SELF DEFENSE LAW THAT PROTECTS HOMEOWNERS, MY CONCERN IS THAT A JURY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DETERMINE IF THE PERSON IS GUILTY. iT WILL RATHER BE DECIDED BY THE PROSECUTOR. THIS IS HOW ZIMMERMAN GOT OFF, AND I THINK HE WAS GUILTY OF CAUSING THE CONFRONTATION AND THE FIGHT THAT LED TO MARTIN’S DEATH.”

          “In my view the GOP has shut down government these several times in order to drop the president’s ratings and try to later convince the public it was his fault.”

          “Obamacare, affordable health care, should NEVER be resisted”

          Pretty zany, if you ask me. but then again you did not ask me.

          • Daniel Lindsey

            Good for you —as then I agree with you.😳

  • Randy Culbertson

    I SAY THAT MY PRESIDENT TRUMP SHOULD HAVE THE MILITARY MEMBERS ATTEND FEDERAL POLICE OFFICER CLASSES TO HE CAN ARM THEM AND PUT POLICE BADGES ON THEIR CHEST TO DO THIS JOB ALONG SIDE OF “ICE” AGENTS/POLICE OFFICERS………..THAT WOULD ALLOW MANY OF THEM TO BE ABLE TO DO AN ADDITIONAL JOB AND EVEN TRAIN MANY OF THEM FOR POSSIBLE OPENING ON “ICE” AFTER THEY WOULD EITHER GET OUT OF THE MILITARY OR RETIRE FROM THE MILITARY, THEN YOU WOULD HAVE A LARGE GROUP OF MEN AND WOMEN WHOM WILL NEED VERY LITTLE TRAINING TO JUMP RIGHT INTO THESE TYPE OF JOBS INCLUDNG BOARDER SECURITY……….WE HAVE MANY MILITARY POLICE ALREADY WHOM ARE DOING THE JOB OF POLICE OFFICERS ALREADY ON MILITARY BASES WHY NOT HAVE THEM TRAINED TO ALSO ASSIST “ICE” TO ROUND UP ALL THE CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIENS…..
    AND DONT GET ME WRONG I AM NOT SAYING TO ROUND UP THOSE WHOM ARE OBEYING LAWS GENERALLY OTHER THAN MOST BROKE THE LAW TO CROSS OUR BOARDERS ILLEGALLY THOSE ARE THE ONES THAT NEED TO BE LOOKED AT ON A CASE BY CASE SITUATION WHAT I AM SAYING IS TO HAVE THEM ROUND UP ANYONE WHOM HAS BROKEN EVEN ONE OTHER LAW BE IT AS SMALL AS A TRAFFIC TICKET TO THOSE WHOM ARE DRUG DEALERS AND RAPIST THOSE TYPES NEED TO GO FIRST AND FOREMOST……………..
    ALSO TO LET ALL YOU INTERNET ENGLISH TEACHERS AND BIGOTS WHOM DONT LIKE MY USE OF CAPITOLS I USE THEM BECAUSE OF MY POOR EYESIGHT LOST DUE TO MILITARY SERVICE AND DONT WANT ANY MISSPELLINGS IN MY COMMENTS TO ALL THESE BIGOTED LEFTIST LIBERAL DEMONKKKRATS ONLY COMPLAINT IS THE FACT I DONT KNOW HOW TO SPELL OTHER THAN HAVING AN OPEN AND HONEST COMMENT LIKE MOST LIBERALS ALWAYS DO…….

    • Jonquil

      You might find it helpful to learn how to touch type, Randy. My eyes aren’t so good either, and I think if I had to watch the screen carefully to make sure I was typing what I wanted to it would drive me up a wall.

  • alvin swenson

    It would be good training for the guard. Let’s do it.

  • “LIBERTY&FREEDOM”

    Without citing a source. This is completely created fear by the media. THIS goes beyond 1st amendment rights. They are all digging thier own graves. No one is listening. OAN is part of the string and the can problem. It’s getting worse. OAN is posting really fake news. I’m done. ESAD OAN

  • TwigaBob

    It’s the AP. Why would anybody believe this, especially without a source?

    • Bill Jr

      “Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus!”

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  • Eric

    ***********OUTSTANDING!!!!!*************