In a shocking memo obtained by the Associated Press, the Trump Administration has apparently considered using up to 100,000 National Guard as a deportation force to round up undocumented immigrants.
The memo includes plans to use National Guard in 11 states which are home to approximately half of the estimated undocumented immigrants in the nation, including Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Oklahoma, Colorado, Louisiana, Arizona, California, Texas, New Mexico, and Arkansas.
Talking to media onboard Marine One, press secretary Sean Spicer flatly denied the memo’s legitimacy to reporters:
That is 100% not true. It is false. It is irresponsible to be saying this. There is no effort at all to round up, to utilize the national guard to round up illegal immigrants.
The document, however, appears to be authentic, designed to accompany one of Trump’s executive orders. Individuals within the State Department have also revealed that formal meetings concerning the proposal occurred within the last week, which strongly contradicts Spicer’s comments.
If this is true, it represents a remarkable turn for what has already been an authoritarian presidency. Stephen MIller, a Trump advisor with a seedy racist past, told reporters that Trump’s power “will not be questioned” with regards to immigration. These words seem to be more reminiscent of totalitarian regimes such as North Korea than that of a properly functioning democracy with checks and balances.
The potential mass mobilization of military personnel to round up a specific demographic brings to mind fascist governments of old, as well as the US’ own checkered history involving the internment of Japanese during WWII. Such radical, militaristic policy would drive families apart, ruin lives, and inch the country closer to a police state. If any semblance of this appalling proposal takes real form, it’ll attract tremendous resistance from the growing opposition to Trump’s flailing, sophomoric, scandal-ridden, and all-around embarrassing tenure as president.