During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump and his surrogates tried to downplay the creation of a “deportation force” which would be used to take undocumented immigrants into custody until they could be returned their country of origin, with Mike Pence saying just two months before the election that Trump was speaking of “a mechanism, not a policy.”
But as with nearly everything in Trumplandia, that too appears to have been a complete and utter lie.
The Associated Press is reporting that Trump and the Department of Homeland Security plan to nationalize some 100,000 National Guard troops that would indeed serve as a deportation force.
A leaked draft memo obtained by the AP outlines a plan that involves the “unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana.”
The memo was reportedly written by Homeland Security Director John Kelly, the AP said.
When asked for comment, the White House immediately denied such a plan was being considered, with Senior Assistant White House Press Secretary Michael Short taking to Twitter and posting this:
Not true. https://t.co/T8rA87kJaU
— Michael C. Short (@MCShort45) February 17, 2017
And a few minutes later White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told NBC News reporter Benjy Sarlin:
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) February 17, 2017
Yet the AP notes that when they reached out to the White House and Homeland Security for a comment on their report, their requests were repeatedly ignored.
Translation: It’s true and the only inaccuracy is the total number of troops which will be used, which is probably 250,000.
This is what fascism and military occupation looks like in America.
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