The Trump administration is planning to use 100,000 National Guard troops as a deportation force according to a memo leaked to The Associated Press.
The troops will be used to round up unauthorized immigrants throughout the United States, not just near the Mexico border. States mentioned in the order include Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana along with border states California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Nearly half of the 11.1 million people living in the U.S. without documentation live in these 11 states.
The National Guard have never before been used this broadly and this far from the southern border with Mexico.
The memo as described by The Associated Press:
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.
Requests to the White House and the Department of Homeland Security for comment and a status report on the proposal were not answered.
The draft document has circulated among DHS staff over the last two weeks. As recently as Friday, staffers in several different offices reported discussions were underway.
Trump’s previous executive orders expanded which immigrants are considered criminals and will be targetted for deportation.
The National Guard would remain under state control. How long until this changes and the troops are federalized by Trump?
Here is a copy of the leaked memo: Trump-National-Guard-Draft-Memo