Here Is The "Leaked" Memo Directing The National Guard To Arrest Illegal Immigrants

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After the latest scuffle between the media and the Trump Administration over a memo drafted by Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, which allegedly called for as much as 100,000 national guard troops to be deployed to arrest illegal immigrants, moments ago the AP released the leaked memo titled "Implementing the President's Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies", to the general public.

The memo, first reported by the Associated Press Friday, lays out several possible policies to help implement President Trump’s executive order regarding border enforcement. Shortly after the report hit, the White House strongly denied the report, calling it “100% not true.” A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security says that the memo was a very early draft, and the idea for National Guard mobilization was “never seriously considered.”

The DHS further said it considered, but rejected, letting governors in 11 states decide whether to deputize their National Guards to enforce immigration law, including helping to detain and deport unauthorized immigrants. The memo is dated January 25, 2017, the same day that President Trump signed the executive order in question, and is consistent with DHS’s statement that it’s an “early draft.”

It is unclear whether the National Guard provision has survived in any form, including mobilizing National Guard units for border enforcement, as happened under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Nor is it clear whether any of the other policies considered in the draft memo will be implemented. Under George W. Bush, 287(g) agreements allowed police officers to engage in immigration arrests and raids as part of “task forces.” Barack Obama curbed the use of those task forces, which had been widely criticized for inspiring fear in immigrant communities and chilling immigrants’ willingness to report crimes to police, as well as raising constitutional concerns about local versus federal authority.

While it has been expected that the Trump administration would start deputizing local police to start enforcing immigration law again, doing so be invoking National Guard members would have been perceived as going much farther and could raise questions about posse comitatus.

According to the draft memo, the National Guard option would be given to governors in “states adjacent to the land border with Mexico and […] those states adjoining such border States,” per the draft memo. As the AP has pointed out, this covers 11 states — from Oregon in the Northwest to Louisiana in the Southeast.

Here is the key passage:

"I am directing the Commissioner of CBP and the Director of ICE to immediately engage with the Governors of the States adjacent to the land border with Mexico and to those states adjoining such border States for the purpose of entering into agreements of section 287(g) of the INA to authorize qualified members of the state National Guard, while such members are not in federal service, or qualified members of a state militia or state defense force under the command of the Governor, to perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the apprehension, investigation and detention of aliens in the United States."

And some interesting observations from the Federalist's Sean Davis:


The full memo is below (link).

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tbone10's picture

It's a bit  quiet in here cat got your tongue or would that be the Deep state?

Mikeyy's picture

Fake, wait, "not so fake" news.


Sean Spicer, come on down!

Zer0head's picture

BREAKING NEWS: Trump administration considers mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants.

Right there plain as day in the 5th paragraph on page 4

Jason T's picture

Black and white .. .You Lose!

Good day Sir!

MagicHandPuppet's picture

As the MSM is (still) gobbling up anything they can that has a negative spin against Trump and putting it out there as legit "news" (without properly vetting), I think it would be just dandy if a SHITLOAD of fake news hoaxes get sent to as many MSM sources as possible.  Their credibility is at an all time low.  Now is the chance to completely and totally finish them.

Stackers's picture

And where did they come up with "as much as 100,000 troops" because that "draft" memo does not mention any specific number of Guard units....

Countrybunkererd's picture

how to catch a mole... get them to fall on their sword (times 10,000 a day to clean this swamp up quickly).  one by one.  Oops, this was meant to be elsewhere.  I guess they used an average number for each state and ran with it

froze25's picture

I don't get how there is anything negative about the President using the military to secure the boarder and expel an invading population fraudulently voting and taking tax dollars "welfare" from citizens.

rbg81's picture

I know.  So what if he did use the National Guard?  These people are here illegally and should be deported using any means necessary.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Wait a minute!

I just turned the computer on and I see White House Blasts "False" AP Report That 100,000 Troops Will Round Up Illegal Aliens

Now are you telling us that is fake news as well?

Or, are both fake news?

Sorry. I am at lost. Make up your mind.




D Nyle's picture

How do police know a hit and run victim is a journalist, no skid marks

Escrava Isaura's picture

It’s not the journalist fault. It’s who owns the media’s fault.

If I had to have someone check into something for me, I would trust a journalist, a cop, or a scientist more than any other profession, because they would report back to me close to reality than most of the rest of society.

Please, understand, I am talking real journalists and not propagandists, meaning, propagandists tells you what they were told. Journalists report the events. They connect the dots.


cheech_wizard's picture

I'll take religious groups for $200, Alex...

The answer is "It’s who owns the media’s fault."

 "Who are the Jews?"

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

My mother was a journalist. Her editor was Pierre Salinger. She quit in the 1970s saying investigative reporting was dead and advertising money was creating a conflict of interest. She warned a tsunami of yellow journalism was eminent. Im glad she is no longer alive to read what passes as journalism today.


nmewn's picture

I can see where you got your brain offense to your Dad of course ;-)

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

My father got his MBA at Columbia. He thesis was on the gold standard. The Fed offered him a very cushy job. He told them to go fuck themselves. Now you have a complete picture.

I am not special. I had an exceptional childhood, a good education and provocative, rugged individualists for parents. If born to a crack whore I'm not sure if I would be who I am today. This keeps me humble.


Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) Miffed Microbiologist Feb 17, 2017 6:45 PM

Imminent. (My mom taught business writing seminars.)

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

You are correct. I was grounded for a weekend for abusing past participles.

My English skills have never been as good as hers. I was a columnist for our high school paper and she insisted on reviewing everything before submission. Bylines meant perfection to her and I was always substandard. I have a morbid fear of red pens. Thank goodness microbes are not as demanding.


Amicus Curiae's picture

actually Miffed

eminent was a more fitting word(freudian but apt)

because it is eminent now

 back then when your mum let rip it was just imminent;-)

Escrava Isaura's picture

Real journalists sit on the metro desk. They are only used if getting to the bottom of some truth is convenient for the editors/power.

The main function of journalism (became) is to defend the economic, social, and political agendas of the privileged groups that dominate the domestic society, the state, and the global order.

Yes, your mother would be horrified of what became of journalism.


Lynx Dogood's picture

"Real journalists sit on the metro desk. They are only used if getting to the bottom of some truth is convenient for the editors/power." That would be the CIA/Corporations that destory small business with their friends in government. How fun?

Good comment!

You are sounding like the leftist journolists Glen Greenwald. You like truth, but only in your flavor. You attack everything else.

IntTheLight's picture

My parents died right before gay marriage was legalized and take your son to the hospital and have his penis taken off became cultural norms.

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) Escrava Isaura Feb 17, 2017 6:37 PM


Escrava Isaura's picture

How did you manage to get one vote up when you didn’t bother (to write a single word) to attach a single link?




Lynx Dogood's picture

"How did you manage to get one vote up when you didn’t bother (to write a single word) to attach a single link?"


Because he's not you. Clowns never do well on the Hedge. Classy nose by the way. Did you steel it from Papa Smurf, a possible hero of yours.

Phil Sheo's picture

As long as they are the dots they want to find.  Same goes for pretty much every other profession you mentioned.

Phil Sheo's picture

Except in reporters' underwear...

IntTheLight's picture

Rumor has it they used memo to catch White House mole

divingengineer's picture

So it only had the number 100,000 on one copy. That guy's fucked.

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) divingengineer Feb 17, 2017 6:52 PM

Pick a couple of words and use unique combinations of replacement synonyms in each copy given to a suspected leaker.

Hata Mari's picture

That was my very first thought ... who leaked the memo.

wanglee's picture
wanglee (not verified) Escrava Isaura Feb 17, 2017 9:29 PM

We can’t afford to support illegal immigrants and refugees since welfare should go to US poor first when we have 20 trillion dollar debts. We don’t even have our own border. Working class don't have jobs since super rich move jobs oversea for cheap labor. Student debts are tripling in two decades. The richest illegal immigrants are those who commit drug crimes. Rich people buy politicians for power and protection such that government officials in US Sanctuary cities resist to corporate with federal government to deport illegal immigrants who commit crimes. Any elected officials who are against “law and order” should be replaced immediately.

Cashing in: Illegal immigrants get $1,261 more welfare than American families, $5,692 vs. $4,431 (
Austin Sheriff Says She'll not Cooperate With Federal Immigration Authorities for drug crime (
Mexican drug cartels using Austin as a "distribution point" (
67,213 Illegal immigrants were charged with drug offenses and drug-related crimes topped the criminal alien conviction list in Texas between June 1, 2011 and January 31, 2017 (
DEA Report Shows Infiltration of Mexican Drug Cartels in Sanctuary Cities (
Crime rises in sanctuary cities - Washington Times (
President Obama has almost doubled our national debt to more than $19 trillion, and growing (
A twenty trillion dollar national debt will be Barack Obama's legacy (
Why the Student Loan Crisis Is Even Worse Than People Think (
Islamic Terror on American Soil (

Lynx Dogood's picture

"We can’t afford to support illegal immigrants and refugees since welfare................."


Mr. Wanglee,

Just an FYI, Mr. Smurf nose is most likley a marxist troll that hates being criticized. Thinks he's very smart as well, has some basics but other that that, dumb as shit. If he can he will down vote this 12 times with out his friends. Sucks for him, he's still a stupid marxist troll and his friend trolls with him. He should write for the Accredited times. Am sure he would rival Pepe Escobar who is missing Papa Smurf's nose.

Countrybunkererd's picture

there isn't.  period.  Law is law, you get caught speeding there are consequences.  You are here illegally, you get kicked out.  Law is enforced or it is just a giant f***ing free for all with a downward spiral to the bottom we can see sucking us down now.

JRobby's picture

Start jailing people. They are pussies. They will back off.

greenskeeper carl's picture

No shit. Or just have the cops leave, and let pissed off citizens have at them. EIther way, once the point is made that this shit won't be tolerated, they will retreat back to their safe place.

Gead's picture

JAIL?!?!?! oh no, that'd cost the taxpayer waaaay too much. I say we just issue permits to the good citizenry of this country and let the problem sort of work itself out:

OpTwoMistic's picture

Start with McCain for treason.

divingengineer's picture

Right, next thing you know men'll be screwing each other in the butt.

eatthebanksters's picture

Early draft, never considered.  WTF?  What is wrong with people.  There are zillions of ideas floated around that are never acted upon.  If the leakers do this with everything we're fucked.  Man they gotta find who is behind this shit and root those fuckers out with a hot iron.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

What is wrong with people? They're shit flinging libtards. That's what's wrong with them. I'd rather keep the Mexicans and deport the libtards. I'm beginning to think we'd be better off with that trade. 

shovelhead's picture


Soros could pay his ZH trolls 3rd world wages.

Oh, that's right, he already does.

IndyPat's picture

And yet he still isn't getting what he paid for.

I'd be pissed and import refugee trolls. They couldn't do worse, even in another language.

D Nyle's picture

"keep the Mexicans and deport the libtards"

Best idea I've heard so far

Gead's picture

Again - sipler solution - same as above for illegals -


combatsnoopy's picture

Send the energy sector sucking GOP with them and the Mexicans will disappear - mostly the boomers.  They have to sell their nasty rat poison to somebody.  Good riddance. 

Nona Yobiznes's picture

The leakers need to be swiftly found and arrested. These incessant leaks are not in the public interest, they're pure political assassination. Trump needs to clean house RIGHT NOW.