Washington, DC (AP) - A draft memo obtained by The Associated Press outlines a Trump administration proposal under consideration to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants.
Millions of those who would be affected in 11 states live nowhere near the Mexico border.
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. If the proposal is implemented, governors in the affected states would have final approval on whether troops under their control participate.
However, the White House quickly denied the report. Spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters aboard Air Force One, "This is 100 percent not true. It is false. It is irresponsible to be saying this. '
"There is no effort at all round up, to utilize the National Guard to round up illegal immigrants," he added.
The Associated Press reporter then told Spicer they asked the White House about it multiple times before the story was published.
"I don't know what could potentially be out there, but I know that there is no effort to do what is potentially suggested."
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