WASHINGTON – The White House pushed back Friday against a report that the Trump administration is considering mobilizing National Guard troops to round-up undocumented immigrants.
“That is 100% not true. It is false. It is irresponsible to be saying this,” White House Press Secretary Spicer told reporters aboard Air Force One.
An Associated Press report, published Friday morning, says that a draft memo written by Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly would mobilize 100,000 members of the National Guard to participate in raids in 11 states, including seven that are not bordered by Mexico.
Spicer said that while he could not rule out the possibility that the draft memo, dated January 25, was discussed at any point within the administration, the White House is not planning on enforcing it.
“I know that there is no effort to do what is potentially suggested,” Spicer said.
The Defense Department also denied Friday that there is any proposal to mobilize the National Guard for such a task.
“There is simply no truth to it. There is simply no such proposal that we have seen floating around,” Pentagon spokesperson Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said at a news briefing.
The Associated Press report said that the White House and Department of Homeland Security did not initially respond to their requests for comment before publication.