According to the Associated Press, President Trump is living up to another of his campaign promises by working to deport 11 million undocumented foreigners living in the country.
A draft memo, leaked to the AP, states the National Guard will be activated well north of the Mexico border in states like Oregon and Louisiana to act as ICE agents in an unprecedented act of militarism.
The memo states The Guard 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.“
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer pushed back calling the report “untrue”.
The report continues:
If implemented, the impact could be significant. Nearly one-half of the 11.1 million people residing in the U.S. without authorization live in the 11 states, according to Pew Research Center estimates based on 2014 Census data.
Use of National Guard troops would greatly increase the number of immigrants targeted in one of Trump’s executive orders last month…
The 287(g) program, which Trump included in his immigration executive order, gives local police, sheriff’s deputies and state troopers the authority to assist in the detection of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally as a regular part of their law enforcement duties on the streets and in jails.
The draft memo also mentions other items included in Trump’s executive order, including the hiring of an additional 5,000 border agents, which needs financing from Congress, and his campaign promise to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
Last week, ICE officers arrested more than 680 people around the country in what Kelly said were routine, targeted operations; advocates called the actions stepped-up enforcement under Trump.
Governors of the states mentioned in the report refused to comment as they were unaware of the draft order.