WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security says it was an idea that was never seriously considered.
Still, staff members say that as recently as last Friday, there was discussion of a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants. The idea is outlined in an 11-page draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer says it’s “not a White House document,” and that there was “no effort at all” to use the National Guard in that way.
A Homeland Security official says the document was never brought to the department’s secretary for approval.