AP Smacked Down on Bogus National Guard Report
Wire alleges admin plans to mobilize guard for deportations, White House calls '100 percent false'
A report from the Associated Press Friday morning claimed President Donald Trump may mobilize upwards of 100,000 National Guard troops to assist in the deportation of illegal immigrants — and it turned out to be totally bogus.
“There is no effort at all to round up, to utilize the National Guard to round up illegal immigrants,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters aboard Marine Two Friday. “That is 100 percent not true. It is false. It is irresponsible to be saying this.”
“I wish you guys had asked before you tweeted,” Spicer said.
Spicer continued, “I don’t know what could potentially be out there, but I know that there is no effort to do what is potentially suggested.”
The AP report claimed they received an 11-page draft memo that structurally outlines how the Trump administration may mobilize the National Guard in 11 states to round up and deport illegal immigrants in the United States, including those living nowhere near the Mexican border.
Four states that border Mexico are included in the proposal — California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. But it also lists seven states contiguous to those four — Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
The memo calls for National Guard troops to “perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension, and detention of aliens in the United States.”
The memo is addressed to the then-acting heads of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The memo ostensibly was intended to offer guidance on how to implement the wide-ranging executive order on both border security and immigration that President Trump signed Jan. 25.
The report failed to mention this, but these memos are routine and often used as a supplement to executive orders.
While there are a handful of issues with the report, it is crucial to highlight that the draft memo was addressed to President Obama holdovers in the CBP, not President Trump. The AP report offers no support for the claim that Trump, or any of his top advisers, were involved in the crafting of the memo.
Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire, also accurately pointed out: "The memo itself doesn't mention deportations, doesn't suggest that the feds will 'mobilize' National Guard troops as much as ask state governors if they want to participate, and doesn't mention the number 100,000."
A Department of Homeland Security official described the draft memo as a "very early draft that was not seriously considered" and was "never brought to the secretary for approval," according to the AP report.
When spokespeople for the governors of Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon and New Mexico were asked about the memo, they indicated they were "unaware of the proposal," and either declined to comment or said it was premature to discuss whether they would participate or not, per the AP report.