Memo: National Guard for immigration enforcement

It would affect 11 border states

The Department of Homeland Security says it was an idea that was never seriously considered.

Still, staff members say that as recently as last Friday, there was discussion of a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants.

The idea is outlined in an 11-page draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer says it's ``not a White House document,'' and that there was ``no effort at all'' to use the National Guard in that way. A Homeland Security official says the document was never brought to the department's secretary for approval.

According to the memo, governors in the 11 states would have a choice whether to have their guard troops participate.
 
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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. 
 
 White House spokesman Sean Spicer says the AP report is ``100 percent not true,'' and he called it ``irresponsible.''
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