Trump Considers Deploying 100,000 National Guard Troops to Round Up Undocumented Immigrants


President Donald Trump may mobilize 100,000 National Guard troops to round up undocumented immigrants across the country, according to a new report obtained by the Associated Press and quickly called "false" by the White House.

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The news wire said it obtained an 11-page draft memo outlining the Trump administration's massive plan for militarization of immigration enforcement.

According to the memo, 11 states away from the Mexico border, including Portland, Oregon and New Orleans, Louisiana, would be impacted.

"Donald Trump's deportation force is inhumane and against American values,” said former Labor Secretary and current candidate for Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez in a statement. “Instead of deploying 100,000 troops on American soil to pick up children outside of schools, round up abuelita and abuelito, and tear apart innocent families, Donald Trump should look within his own White House for the actual threats to our nation."

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If the proposal, which the Trump administration told NBC was "false," is implemented, governors in each affected state would ultimately have final approval on whether troops under their control cooperate.

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Raquel is the Politics & Culture Editor and Latina magazine, writing on all things policy, social justice, cultura and health. Formerly at millennial news site Mic, Raquel's work can also be found at the New York TimesCosmo for Latinas, the Washington Post, the Independent and more. A proud NuyoFloRican chonga, when Raquel's not talking Latina feminism, racial justice, the "x" in Latinx or the prison industrial complex, she's going on and on about the Puerto Rican diaspora in Orlando, Fla. Follow her on TwitterInstagram and Snapchat at @RaquelReichard.


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