Reports that the Trump administration may be planning to mobilize National Guard troops to arrest immigrants living illegally in the U.S. turned out to be fake news, according to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
“There is no effort at all to round up…, to utilize the National Guard to round up illegal immigrants,” he said after the Associated Press (AP) reported on Friday that the White House is considering mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops across 11 states to round up illegal aliens. “That is 100% not true. It is false. It is irresponsible to be saying this.”
The AP claimed it was citing a draft memo that was written by Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly, according to The Hill, which Spicer categorically denied.
President Trump has been keeping his campaign promises to deport illegal aliens. However, this is not something that would normally be carried out by the National Guard.
Groups such as America’s Voice, which advocates for the rights of immigrants, were up in arms over the story, claiming that such a plan would be inhumane. “We live in a democracy, not a dictatorship; and we believe in the rule of law, not the might of a strongman,” said Executive Director Frank Sharry.
During his first week in office, President Trump expanded the reach of those targeted for deportation. In addition to criminals, his order includes people who entered the country illegally, a misdemeanor offense.
Nearly 700 undocumented immigrants were recently rounded up in five days through a nationwide effort by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. According to the Department of Homeland Security, 75 percent of those arrested were convicted criminals.
H/T: The Hill
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