The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up immigrants in the United States illegally, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by a US news organisation.
The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Ore., and as far east as New Orleans, La.
Almost immediately after the report published, the White House issued a denial. That is 100% not true. It is false," Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters aboard Air Force One before President Trump headed to South Carolina to tour a Boeing plant later Friday.
There is no effort at all to round up, to utilize the National Guard to round up illegal immigrants," Spicer said.
He said he couldn't deny altogether that the subject had never been discussed in the administration, The White House has noted before that many proposals have been drafted on a range of issues, but not all are under serious consideration.