White House Blasts "False" AP Report That 100,000 Troops Will Round Up Illegal Aliens

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AP reported that according to a draft 11-page memo, the Trump administration is considering mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up illegal immigrants. However, the White House quickly slammed the agency’s report is “false."  In yet another leak-counterleak example of "spot the fake news" , moments after the AP report hit, the White House denied everything

As reported earlier (see below), the AP said an “unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement” would affect locations as far north as Portland, Oregon and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana, according to the 11-page document, purportedly written by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. The proposal would four states bordering on Mexico – Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas – as well as the seven neighboring states of Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon and Utah. Governors in the eleven states would have a choice whether to have their guard troops participate in the round-up, according to AP.

But the White House responded to the news with only one word: “False,” according to Reuters.

Some have speculated that if indeed the AP report is false, it may be an attempt by the White House to ferret out the source of the leak.

So until we wait to learn if that is the case, to those who are still trying to make sense of what news is real and fake at this point, we wish them the best luck.

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In what was shaping up to be a relatively drama-free day, moments ago the AP reported that the Trump administration is considering the mobilization of as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants. The move is part of an alleged "surge" in detention of illegal immigrants, as discussed last weekend.

A draft memo reportedly obtained by The Associated Press outlines a Trump administration proposal under consideration to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border. If implemented, the impact could be significant. 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.

Assuring it will be the most discussed topic over the coming long weekend, 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. 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.

According to the AP, "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. While National Guard personnel have been used to assist with immigration-related missions on the U.S.-Mexico border before, they have never been used as broadly or as far north."

The memo is addressed to the then-acting heads of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It would serve as guidance to implement the wide-ranging executive order on immigration and border security that President Donald Trump signed Jan. 25. Such memos are routinely issued to supplement executive orders.


Also dated Jan. 25, 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 describes 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.


Requests to the White House and the Department of Homeland Security for comment and a status report on the proposal were not answered. The draft document has circulated among DHS staff over the last two weeks. As recently as Friday, staffers in several different offices reported discussions were underway.

Use of National Guard troops would greatly increase the number of immigrants targeted in one of Trump’s executive orders last month, which expanded the definition of who could be considered a criminal and therefore a potential target for deportation. That order also allows immigration agents to prioritize removing anyone who has “committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense.”

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Under current rules, even if the proposal is implemented, there would not be immediate mass deportations. 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. According to AP, the troops would not be nationalized, remaining under state control.

When contacted by AP, spokespeople for the governors of Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon and New Mexico said they were unaware of the proposal, and either declined to comment or said it was premature to discuss whether they would participate.  The proposal would extend the federal-local partnership program that President Barack Obama’s administration began scaling back in 2012 to address complaints that it promoted racial profiling.

The 287(g) program, which Trump included in his immigration executive order, gives local police, sheriff’s deputies and state troopers the authority to assist in the detection of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally as a regular part of their law enforcement duties on the streets and in jails.

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 signed order contained no mention of the possible use of state National Guard troops.

According to the draft memo, the militarization effort would be proactive, specifically empowering Guard troops to solely carry out immigration enforcement, not as an add-on the way local law enforcement is used in the program.

We are confident, however, that most liberal Americans will not see it that way.

Allowing Guard troops to operate inside non-border states also would go far beyond past deployments. In addition to responding to natural or man-made disasters or for military protection of the population or critical infrastructure, state Guard forces have been used to assist with immigration-related tasks on the U.S.-Mexico border, including the construction of fences.

In the mid-2000s, President George W. Bush twice deployed Guard troops on the border to focus on non-law enforcement duties to help augment the Border Patrol as it bolstered its ranks. And in 2010, then-Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced a border security plan that included Guard reconnaissance, aerial patrolling and military exercises. In July 2014, then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to the border when the surge of migrant children fleeing violence in Central America overwhelmed U.S. officials responsible for their care. The Guard troops’ stated role on the border at the time was to provide extra sets of eyes but not make arrests.

Bush initiated the federal 287(g) program – named for a section of a 1996 immigration law – to allow specially trained local law enforcement officials to participate in immigration enforcement on the streets and check whether people held in local jails were in the country illegally. ICE trained and certified roughly 1,600 officers to carry out those checks from 2006 to 2015.

The memo describes the program as a “highly successful force multiplier” that identified more than 402,000 “removable aliens.” But federal watchdogs were critical of how DHS ran the program, saying it was poorly supervised and provided insufficient training to officers, including on civil rights law. Obama phased out all the arrest power agreements in 2013 to instead focus on deporting recent border crossers and immigrants in the country illegally who posed a safety or national security threat.

Trump’s immigration strategy emerges as detentions at the nation’s southern border are down significantly from levels seen in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Last year, the arrest tally was the fifth-lowest since 1972. Deportations of people living in the U.S. illegally also increased under the Obama administration, though Republicans criticized Obama for setting prosecution guidelines that spared some groups from the threat of deportation, including those brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

As reported last week, according to initial reports, 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.

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Never One Roach's picture

Winning every day, moar and moar.


Hillary and Soweeto hate his Winning so much.

freewolf7's picture

Medicaid enrollment plummets.

Looney's picture


What about all those ILLEGAL immigrants in prisons? Send them all back to their countries!


Dutch1206's picture

Prisons are big business now.  We need people to fill up the cells.  They serve a higher purpose.

froze25's picture

YES!!!!!! Do it Mr. President. Bad enough that we have people that are falsely (under fake pretenses) collecting "benefits" that are citizens let alone illegals that are doing it. Places like Brentwood NY will be cheering in the streets if they do this, you have had many deaths lately in that quiet sleepy suburb. There is an all out gang war going on there between illegals. Machetes are being used, Freaking MACHETES, what are we a 3rd world nation?

The_Juggernaut's picture

fake news


...or is Trump planting these stories to find the leaker?

froze25's picture

Looks like you may be right. Who ever it is they have to go for the maximum sentence to set an example if they catch them.

D Nyle's picture

100,000 is not enough, send all of them, were talking about 30 mill plus and the million plus citizens who will interfere with deportations

Never One Roach's picture

If we save all this money by sending illegals back, then how will Uncle Sam screw social security geezers out of their ss money? How will jpm makes money if they print up 3,000,000 less EBT cards each year for the illegals?


...and so on....

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Never One Roach Feb 17, 2017 10:59 AM

You can't believe anything the press puts out these days.

They make up shit at the drop of a hat and put it out as true.

The Bastards need to be punished for putting out FAKE NEWS!


YouJustMadeTheList's picture
YouJustMadeTheList (not verified) The Saint Feb 17, 2017 11:00 AM

Is this the Rothschild's AP we're talking about?

N2OJoe's picture

It's false? Guys, don't get my hopes up like that...

CuttingEdge's picture

Is the NSA only designed to spy on the sheeple?

Trump needs to call in Mike Rogers and ask him one question:

"What the fuck are the taxpayers giving you $10 billion in 2017 for?"

Followed by:

"You're fired".

Next man in gets 1 week to provide the President with a list of names, otherwise he gets the chop. Ad nauseum until either they sort their shit out or the junior toilet cleaner (2nd grade) is running the show.

Bubba Rum Das's picture

"Is this the Rothschild's AP we're talking about?"

Rothschilds own Reuters outright. AP is owned by some other Satanic Smegma...

legalize's picture

The press told me that Waco was just a simple law enforcement operation and G. W. Bush flew all his National Guard missions high on cocaine.  It's all true, right?

Cloud9.5's picture

Punish them by not watching them.

DosZap's picture

Try screwing the Geezers out of their lifetimes work and D.C.will have dead body's all over.Geezers know how to shoot very well,better than most military.

Bubba Rum Das's picture

"Geezers know how to shoot very well,better than most military."

This is true. Because most of them served. Also because they can have more of a difficult time getting around, they are generally stubborn as all hell, you can leave them at an ambush point &they will get the job done...

Cloud9.5's picture

Pushing seventy myself.  I’m too old and too tired to run.  The last few years I have spent more time in nursing homes than I would like visiting dying friends and family members.  Winding up trapped in one of those places is the only thing that scares me.  At this point of the game, taking a bullet in an effort to retain the Republic would be a blessing.

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) Never One Roach Feb 17, 2017 11:20 AM

Spending a buncha money on a wall in the middle of nowhere far more reasonable

Keyser's picture

There are idiots and then there are fucktards... Rarely do you find someone that fits both descriptions... Congratulation, you win a transexual kewpie doll... 

TheMeatTrapper's picture

"Spending a buncha money on a wall in the middle of nowhere far more reasonable"

Don't worry about it - it's not like you and your types are out working and paying taxes. lol.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) FreezeThese Feb 17, 2017 1:12 PM

Study Says:  Wall will pay for itself 5 times over in 10 years.


petar's picture

I bet Trump is leaking all this info himself

TheMeatTrapper's picture

I say round up the snowflakes and "reporters" and send them to Mexico.

J Jason Djfmam's picture

I'm sure it will be 6 million.

It's always 6 million.

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

Trump is in the Progressive Heads of the MSM.  He OWNS them!!!!!!!!!!!!   Just too damn funny.

Never One Roach's picture

CNN is still The Fake News King and their leader is Princess Fake Newster Jimette Acosta.

AP is simply tyring to get into the Fake News game although most of the stuff out of AP these days is junk anyway.

CNN, NPR, AP, msnbc, nyt, all junk news if not totally Fake News. few of these will be around in 2 years.

wren's picture

DARN! I wish this one wasn't fake! Once they are gone, we can move onto fair elections where we don't have illegals voting, and we can stop our social spending on them. We can make room in our prisons for our criminals and not focus on theirs. Get 'em gone!

sodbuster's picture

If that crooked bitch Hitlery was president, she would use the Guard to pick up your guns and gold.

curbyourrisk's picture

^^^^^  BINGO


planting stories to see who leakers are.  Next time, plant two versions of the same story and cut the list in half...


Heads need to roll.....   I need a new soccer ball.

Orly's picture


TwelveOhOne's picture

At a software company I used to work for, us underlings were convinced that the internal email memos sent out had some steganography in them, to determine who might have leaked.  We even considered writing software to assist with that: it would add a space between two words, and keep track of who received which version.

We never implemented it, as (the original) Doom came out. :)  Then we were walking down the hallways looking for boxes of ammo -- man, was that first experience immersive!

But exactly, leakers can be found using this method.  Of course then there are other methods to attempt to reverse the fingerprint, like convert any doubled spaces to singular (repeat until none found); but other changes could also be made, a typo (these are internal, after all), or punctuation differences.

At one of these companies, I got a hat (if memory serves) for sharing something I shouldn't have, with some computer magazine.  Even wore it to work.  Those were different times.

bowie28's picture

^^^ This.  Bet money Trump and his most trusted inner circle are sharing different versions of disinfo stories to different people to see what gets "leaked".  Do you remember any leaks or hacks of Trump's 500+ corporate entities during the campaign?  He's not going to allow this to continue.


TheMeatTrapper's picture

My money is on Priebus as a leaker. I simply do not trust him.

Bavarian's picture

That was my first thought. 

Brian Williams stated today that he thought Trump was trying (effective, mind you) to discredit the media.

Why not?  Does anyone not believe the opposite is true?  The media is trying to deligitimize him 24/7. 

What goes around comets around, bitchez.  Whatever that means.

Give 'em hell, Trump.  They want war, they got it with a media savvy Bannon pulling the strings, they've got their hands full.

youngman's picture

It is false..it should read 200,000.....run illegals run..but you cant hide...

joe6px's picture

It's called a songbird op.  Multiple versions of the same basic concept with subtle differences to identify who is leaking. 

IntTheLight's picture

Or is he planting to frighten the illegals?

Did anyone notice yesterday was a day without immigrants?

TwelveOhOne's picture

I caught that news today.  What a load of horse shit they're peddling!

NumberNone's picture

That's exactly wag this is. Pin the tail on the leaker.

Max Cynical's picture

Since 91% of them don't show up for their scheduled hearing, can we simply have a dportation hearing for them in absentia so that when they're rounded up they can be deported immediately?

Never One Roach's picture

If you have not done it, treat yourself in 2017 to attend: 1) an immigration hearing at the local administrative court; 2) a SS disability hearing at that admin court; and 3) a criminal trial.


You will see why these judges are so jadded when you hear some of the cases and even worse the lawyers defending them.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

I had to go to court once for an expired drivers license. I've never seen so many addicts, gang bangers, sluts, floozies, baby daddies, ho's and general scum of the earth. Everybody seemed to think I was a lawyer. When the prosecutor asked who I was and what I was there for, he said "Uhhh... just get it renewed and get out of here..."

That was it. There is a VAST pool of humanity out there that truly needs to be forced to be responsible for their existence. They either make it or they don't. We have coddled an entire population of worse than useless eaters. 

Buck Johnson's picture

They wouldn't have to mobilize, all thye have to do is allow ICE and the police to do their job.  They know where the illegals are in their towns and counties, trust me they know.  And Heck as a bonus they can put a 100 dollar bounty on each that is caught being illegal and that could be used to pad their paychecks.




Kidbuck's picture

I've always liked the idea of a bounty. Should be all citizens are allowed to collect it. Watch the flood of self deporting begin.