A story released on Friday by the Associated Press accused the Trump administration of considering a proposal to mobilize one hundred thousand National Guardsmen to aid in immigration enforcement by rounding up “unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border.” The AP cites a draft memo they received from sources within the White House, and quotes staff members from the Department of Homeland Security when claiming the proposal was discussed as recently as last Friday.
While there is no reason to suspect that the draft memo, said to be prepared for U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, doesn’t actually exist, the suggestion that an American president could enact such a policy unilaterally speaks to an inherent lack of understanding of what such an undertaking would involve. Homeland Security officials have already gone on the offensive, debunking claims that President Trump even considered the plan, nor was it ever even presented to Secretary Kelly for approval.
In effect that would mean the memo, currently creating a fervor on social media and mainstream news outlets all over the world, was no more than eleven pages of stuff, written by some guy, and then never even elevated to the supervisory level of its own department.
While President Trump has received a great deal of criticism regarding his decision to sign an executive order limiting travel into the country from seven Muslim-majority nations and increasing the vetting required of refugees arriving on American soil, such a ban is a far leap from a nationwide militarization of immigration enforcement.