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Would Trump deploy the National Guard to round up immigrants? Spicer says, 'not true.'

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[UPDATE] Feb. 17 at 10:54am |  White House press secretary Sean Spicer says, "not true."

On Friday, the Associated Press reported that the Trump administration was considering mobilizing the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants.

Minutes later, Spicer took to Twitter to shut down those claims as being "100% false."


Here are the tweets from Spicer on the alleged memo AP obtained.

[Original story]

Donald Trump's administration is considering mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, according to a draft memo obtained by the Associated Press.

This is the president's latest efforts to get tough on immigration.

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.


California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas

Four states that border on Mexico are included in the proposal California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas but it also encompasses seven states contiguous to those four Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Governors in the 11 states would have a choice whether to have their guard troops participate, according to the memo, written by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general.


What does this mean?

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.

Those with existing deportation orders could be sent back to their countries of origin without additional court proceedings. But deportation orders generally would be needed for most other unauthorized immigrants. The troops would not be nationalized, remaining under state control.

More from the memo

The draft memo also mentions other items included in Trump's executive order, including the hiring of an additional 5,000 border agents, which needs financing from Congress, and his campaign promise to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

The memo describes the program as a "highly successful force multiplier" that identified more than 402,000 "removable aliens."


Here's a mini recap

Last week, ICE officers arrested more than 680 people around the country in what Kelly said were routine, targeted operations; advocates called the actions stepped-up enforcement under Trump.

--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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