The draft memo, which appeared to have been written by DHS Secretary John Kelly, proposed mobilizing National Guard troops in 11 states as far north as Oregon.
"With this high influx of the illegal aliens, the gaps in the border have become bigger, and you now are the tip of the spear", Perry said to National Guard troops in August 2014.
The memo says DHS should enter into agreements with state governors allowing their National Guard members "to perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension, and detention" of suspected illegals.
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"It is false", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to an event in SC, according to pool reports.
The White House says an AP report on a draft memo that would mobilize National Guard troops for immigration roundups is 100% false.
Almost half of the 11.1 million people living in the US illegally live in those 11 states, according to Pew Research Center estimates based on 2014 Census data and The Daily Mail.
The proposal was making the rounds through the Department of Homeland Security, and was actively discussed as late as last Friday, the AP reported. "This is 100 percent not true". Seven other spokesmen for governors said the same thing, the AP reported.
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An 11-page document, authorised under the name of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, was leaked to the Associated Press. It would also be deployed in states further from the border such as Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
If details in the draft memo were enacted, the results could be significant.
Among the issues to consider, he said the administration thinks that news like this strikes terror in immigrants and "may make them more likely to 'self-deport, ' even if this kind of draconian policy is never implemented". He said the use of National Guard members for this reason would be "an inappropriate use of their resources". Scheimer also posted a response from Lynn Kirby, spokesperson for the Nation Guard Bureau, who said the organization knows about the media reports but it has "received no official notification to execute any activations at this time".
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Charlie Baker said it would be "inappropriate" to use the Massachusetts National Guard to round up illegal immigrants. The memo calls for border states to use National Guard troops to find and detain undocumented immigrants.