Trump weighs mobilizing Nat Guard for immigration roundups


The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.

The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana.

Four states that border on Mexico are included in the proposal — California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas — but it also encompasses seven states contiguous to those four — Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Governors in the 11 states would have a choice whether to have their guard troops participate, according to the memo, written by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general.

While National Guard personnel have been used to assist with immigration-related missions on the U.S.-Mexico border before, they have never been used as broadly or as far north.

  • If anything, he should build his wall before deporting anyone. If your boat is leaking you patch the hole first or it will just keep flooding.

    • Let’s not try to rationalize this nonsense.

      • Not rationalizing, just pointing out that, as usual, Trump is going about something in a wasteful, illogical way. He’s so anxious to say, “look at the big changes I’m making!” that he’s just spinning his wheels.

  • Cornjob

    Sssshhhh… don’t you hear the sound of the jackboots?!

  • Barbwire

    California is determined to support immigrants, undocumented or not. I’m proud o be a Californian!

    • Massachusetts also!

  • Ben

    When I was in high school, I had two classmates that admitted they were in the US illegally. One was an Asian kid from Canada and the other was from India. Both spoke English better than most Americans. I’m sure Trump will plan a reasonable method of determining who is here illegally, which will likely be to harass anyone that’s any combination of brown, looks poor, and speaks Spanish.

    • And the way they are being demonized right now is just really scary. Trump is making them into the root cause of all evil which is just alarming at this point.