National Guard Immigrant ‘Round Ups’: Spicer Denies AP Report

Protestors gather at the Milwaukee County Courthouse where they attend a rally against President Donald Trump's policy on immigration February 13, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Getty)

Protestors gather at the Milwaukee County Courthouse where they attend a rally against President Donald Trump’s policy on immigration February 13, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Getty)

The Associated Press is reporting that President Donald Trump’s administration has considered using the National Guard to round up undocumented immigrants.

However, the White House immediately shot down the incendiary report. Within minutes of the AP’s story – which says a draft memo outlines the scheme – Press Secretary Sean Spicer said it is 100% false.

Spicer provided additional denials to the media.

Spicer also told NBC News the story was “false.”

The Department of Homeland Security (its secretary John Kelly’s name is on the report) denied to Vox that Kelly wrote it, and said it was an early draft that was rejected and never seriously considered.

The report is still stoking fear.

The report came out on February 17. The AP initially posted on Twitter the following: “BREAKING: Trump administration considers mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants.”

The AP reported it had seen a “draft memo” that outlined a “Trump administration proposal” to mobilize the troops to “round up unauthorized immigrants” in 11 states running from Portland, Oregon to New Orleans, Louisiana.

A Time Magazine reporter then tweeted out the memo. You can read it in full here.

The Associated Press reported that the draft memo outlines a proposal 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. Governors of states would get to ultimately decide whether their states’ National Guard Troops would participate, AP reports.

The use of a militarized strike force to round up human beings would almost certainly provoke intense outcry, which may help explain why the White House moved so fast to debunk it.

The president has not steered away from controversy over ICE raids that have unfolded throughout the country since he took the oath of office, though. ICE has repeatedly stressed that it is not indiscriminately doing roundups, but rather is conducting focused detentions like it always has done.

Both ICE and the president have insisted the raids are targeting illegal immigrants with criminal records (something that ICE did under President Barack Obama too, as this photo shows:)

ice raid

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agents detain an immigrant on October 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. ICE agents said the immigrant, a legal resident with a Green Card, was a convicted criminal and member of the Alabama Street Gang in the Canoga Park area. ICE builds deportation cases against thousands of immigrants living in the United States. Green Card holders are also vulnerable to deportation if convicted of certain crimes. (Getty)

An analysis by USA Today, though, showed that Trump is rounding up a larger percentage of undocumented immigrants without criminal records than Obama did, writing, “Of 678 people rounded up in 12 states during raids last week, 74% had been convicted of a crime. That is down from 90% of detained people with criminal records in 2016 under Obama.”

The Trump raids have drawn outcry because they are roping in people like a man who was given deferred status to stay and work in the country as a “Dreamer” under the DACA Act (ICE says he admitted being a gang member; the lawyer for the man says he has no criminal record and is not one). The detention of a mother in Arizona – when she went to check in with an ICE agent – provoked protest, although she has a felony conviction.

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  1. You are taking a big chance,!

    Never be welcomed in the United States again!

    Your citizenship will never happen !

    You claim you come here for the protection but you spit in the face of our laws !

    You came here for the free Ride, the ride has stopped ,and you don’t like it !

    Instead of doing the right thing you continually do the wrong. You are taking a big chance with your future, you’ll be marked as true enemies of the state ! but remember you have been warned.

    Now go have fun with your criminal activities.
    The law will be waiting for you !!

  2. Good idea. May those 11 million can be deported. That doesn’t mean they can’t come back legally. The system has to be fixed to meet the needs of Americans.

  3. Oh Trumpeter against “Faux News”!… me thinks thou protesteth too mucheth! And as the reason for your buffoonish protestation revolves around the media’s recent revelations surrounding Michael Flynn’s “resignation”, I thought it appropriate to offer up what you– OBVIOUSLY!– don’t want others to know about…
    Since FORMER Security Adviser Michael Flynn “resigned” after media PROOFS emerged of his COLLUSIVE COMMUNICATIONS with Russian officials DURING this just past U.S. Federal Election (the which, Trump is now decrying!)!… or Flynn could have– and can now!– legally challenge this “TORTIOUS LEAK”!… this NOW PROVES that the claims of Trump’s involvement in COLLUDING WITH RUSSIA/ PUTIN TO UNDERMINE HILLARY CLINTON (AND THE DNC!), A-R-E R-E-A-L (as Trump, OBVIOUSLY, had close ties with Flynn– and knew what Flynn was up to!)! And so, this then makes you, Trump, a TRAITOR (as TECHNICALLY REVEALED in, “So what are we supposed to do now?”, by Keith Olbermann!)! And so!… FINALLY!… we can now arrest your *ss! Unless!… and of course!… you, and/ or Flynn can PROVE that the “info” released re Michael Flynn is “FAKE NEWS”!… and, on other grounds, is T-O-R-T-I-O-U-S!
    And failing to arrest Trump on grounds of RUSSIAN COLLUSION, places the ENTIRE American Intelligence machinery under suspicion of either COMPLETE INCOMPETENCE, or TRAITOROUS INDIFFERENCE to the safety and security of the American people!… AND!… to the safety and security of the GLOBAL COMMUNITY! And thus, the recent sociopsychopathic circumlocutory obfuscation emanating from the lips of Rep. Devin NUNSENSE, Chairreignor of the House “Intelligence Committee”, is MOST GALLING!
    Frankly, his “AUTHORITATIVE INTIMATION” smacks of the same BULLSH*T EXCUSES offered up by critics of Julian Assange, afterupon Assange’s revelation that innocent citizens were killed in U.S. Military efforts to capture the “bad guys”! Rather than admit to the TRAITOROUS ACTIONS of Michael Flynn… and thereby, Donald Trump!… NUNSENSE would prefer to CLOAK these actions under the “slight-of-hand” of FAKE NEWS, and CRIMINAL SPYING! And in the same manner that sundry have attempted to CLOAK the MURDEROUS ACTIONS of sundry members of the U.S. Military during the outbreak of Assange’s WikiLeak of AMERICAN MILITARY MURDERS!
    The involvement of Devin NUNSENSE notwithstanding, we’ll soon learn of the full nature of Flynn’s communications! The TRUTH W-I-L-L “win out”! And!… Flynn didn’t “resign” over N-O-T-H-I-N-G!… if it was N-O-T-H-I-N-G, he would have had the sense to “do battle”! But!… because the “INTRApersonal heat”– at least!– was on, he decided to “cut and run”! And which brings to mind the words within Proverbs 28: 1… and which reads:… “The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” [NIV]
    And so… Why did Michael Flynn flee?… Why was he unsettled by mere “FAKE NEWS”? Well!… the answer rests– in part!– between his ears!… within his CONSCIENCE! And simply put, he didn’t like what he had allowed!… and thus, sought to end the “INTERNAL CONFLICT”!… and/ or, he was so overwhelmed by the media PROOFS offered up, that he had but ONE CHOICE to mitigate the STEADFAST PRESSURE of public scrutiny!
    As I’ve indicated above, Michael has every opportunity to challenge any TORTIOUS IMPUGNING of his character!… of his “defense” of his past dealings with Russia, and with Hillary’s campaign and the DNC! But since he has chosen to reject challenging any “TORTIOUS ASCRIPTION”/ “external claims” re his past dealings with Russia, and with Hillary’s campaign and the DNC!… and thereby, has rejected standing up for his “vision” of a “SECURE AMERICA”!… we can be safe in assuming, that he was– and is!– WRONG for the job of SECURITY ADVISOR! And with that rejection, he has cast a shadow on his WOULD-BE boss!… and on the role his WOULD-BE boss has played, in the matters now under CONSCIONABLE INVESTIGATION! And hence the reason, for the quickly mounted White House Press Office “MAGIC SHOW”, T-O D-U-P-E T-H-E D-U-P-A-B-L-E!
    Lastly, on the matter of the revelations of Julian Assange… Julian Assange will be vindicated for his uncovering of the truth re sundry U.S. Military Strategic “Tactical Operations” that saw the deaths of innocent civilians, in the same manner that sundry were vindicated in the uncovering of the truth about the My Lai Massacre (see, Wikipedia!)! And DARE ANYONE suggest today, that revealing the truth about what happened at My Lai, was a BETRAYAL of the interests of America, and of American Security!
    Please!… no emails!

    • That sounds good, if you believe man came from a frog.
      But a 290 million year old footprint found in New Mexico USA tells a different story !

      The DNC attempt to use illegal immigrants to overthrow the Trump Administration and United States government and the fact that Hillary Clinton sold Russia 20% of America’s uranium ,also tells a different story !

      Why doesn’t Mexico taken these refugees from Syria ,how come I cannot go down to Mexico and wave the American flag and demand special rights, and if I don’t get what I want ,I burn the Mexican flag, that also tells a different story !

      I’m tired of women coming here and having nine children ,and before their children are even of age, they are having children just to get the benefits of welfare, that also tells a different story !

      You see, there’s always a different story !

      It all depends on the one you tell !

      So up yours ( JC ! ) .