Trump considers deploying 100000 troops in U.S. to round up immigrants

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2017

The Associated Press, citing a draft memo it obtained, reported earlier on Friday that the Trump administration was considering utilizing the military reserve branch in 11 states to target people who are in the United States illegally.

President Donald Trump's administration is considering mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, according to The Associated Press.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has already been escalating its efforts to locate and detain immigrants throughout the US since Trump took office on January 20, after which he immediately signed executive orders banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations.

The memo is addressed to the then-acting heads of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

National Guard troops have assisted with immigration efforts near the border, but never been used as widely or as far north as the memo proposes, the AP stated.

The draft document has circulated among DHS staff over the last two weeks. If the proposal is implemented, governors in the affected states would have final approval on whether troops under their control participate.

Trump has made a nationwide crackdown on illegal immigrants one of the cornerstones of his domestic policy.

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