According to the 11-page draft memo, which was obtained by The Associated Press, calls for an unprecedented militarized immigration enforcement to be dispersed not only to the four states that border on Mexico - California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas - but also - Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
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The memo, which is written by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and retired four-star Marine general John Kelly, gives the Governors in the 11 states a choice whether to have their guard troops participate.
The draft memo says participating troops would be authorized...
“to perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension and detention of aliens in the United States.”
It goes on to describe how the troops would be activated under a revived state-federal partnership program, and states that personnel would be authorized to conduct searches and identify and arrest any unauthorized immigrants.
The memo is addressed to the acting heads of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection and would serve as a supplement to executive order on immigration and border security Donald Trump signed Jan. 25.
The draft memo also mentions other items included in Trump’s executive order, including the hiring of an additional 5,000 border agents and his campaign promise to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico both of which would need congressional approval to use US taxpayer funds.
The memo describes the program as a “highly successful force multiplier” that identified more than 402,000 “removable aliens.”
If implemented nearly one-half of the 11.1 million people residing in the U.S. without authorization live in the 11 states, according to Pew Research Center estimates based on 2014 Census data.
Even though the draft document has been circulating among DHS staff and that staffers in several different offices reported discussions were already underway for the last two weeks, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson claims the agency is not considering mobilizing the National Guard. That same person did however say that the report was a very early pre-decisional draft that never made it to DHS Secretary John Kelly (who wrote the Draft according to the AP!).
Obviously the order to use this explanation never made it down the chain of command as a spokesperson for the National Guard Bureau, Lynn Kirby, claimed in her statement on Friday that there actually was no official notification to execute any activations whatsoever.
To back up Kirby's contradictory statement Pentagon spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis told the media in a statement that “there is no such proposal that we’ve seen floating around.”
And then there was White House press secretary Sean Alternative facts" Spicer, who referred to the existence of the report as “100 percent not true” but then he added that the draft memo “is not a White House document.”.... (So it doesn't exist but if it does it's not ours????)
Requests to the White House and the Department of Homeland Security for comment and a status report on the proposal were not answered.