BREAKING: Trump Considers Mobilizing Colorado National Guard

UPDATE: The White House denies the AP’s report, while 9NEWS’ Kyle Clark notes the politics:

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National Guard troops in riot gear.

Breaking moments ago from the Associated Press:

The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.

The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana.

Four states that border on Mexico are included in the proposal — California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas — but it also encompasses seven states contiguous to those four — Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, [Pols emphasis] Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

…While National Guard personnel have been used to assist with immigration-related missions on the U.S.-Mexico border before, they have never been used as broadly or as far north.

The report claims that governors in the affected states will have the option to not participate in this mobilization of National Guard forces to round up undocumented immigrants, and it’s our assumption that Gov. John Hickenlooper will have no part in any such plan–despite the enormous pressure we expect would be brought to bear for him to take part.

Readers, the implications of this story–a massive domestic military operation to round up and deport millions of people from the United States–are too great to enumerate in our forum. It’s true that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric on the campaign trail forced us all to contemplate what the fulfillment of his campaign pledges would look like–but even since taking office and attempting to keep some of his worst promises, there was a sense that it could only go so far.

Well folks, as of right now, there is no such firewall. And our worst fears are coming true.

7 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Pseudonymous says:

    Of course, Trump, but it's hard to see how this would work.  The Posse Comitatus Act pretty much prevents the feds from unleashing the armed forces for domestic law enforcement.  One exception is the national guard, but only when called up by the governor of the state (or another state, if asked).

    So, each governor of a state that wants to do this would have to call up their folks to enforce the federal immigration laws, but they would have to act under the state's authority while partnering with the feds.  Not sure a ton of states want the army patrolling their streets, and I'm not sure a ton of them really want mass deportation, even without the tanks.

  2. ZappateroZappatero says:

    if they rounded up lying commenters with the initials AC, all the liars in American (Billionaires) For the Prosperity (of other Billionaires) – wait, there are only liars in that group, and all Fake News Promoting Republicans first I'd be all for it. 

    (that should keep them busy until Trump's impeached and removed from the office he's desecrated these last few weeks.)

  3. CaninesCanines says:

    They must need more National Guardsmen. I recently saw advertisements for the National Guard literally plastered floor to ceiling on a light rail train. I figured we were simply getting ready for more overseas adventures, under Trump.

  4. JohnInDenver says:

    Key difference between the story and the headline: the story says the "Trump administration" is considering, the headline says Trump is.

    From an outsider's point of view, I'm not certain Trump "considers" anything, but putting that aside, I think leaks like this result from infighting among factions on the staff. I can easily see Bannon & his strategy team planning something like this, while teams Conway and Kushner would love to leak it and confirm "the White House" opposition to the idea.

  5. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    It's more "bait and switch". More "Watch the shiny object!" (logistically improbable National Guard mobilizations), all the while conducting constitutionally dubious searches for illegal immigrants. Due process is being ignored, state and local policies to not turn in law-abiding immigrants are being ignored.

    The way this is working, according to Mother Jones, is that ICE has been coming into locations looking for an immigrant with a criminal record. Then, anyone in the vicinity who might be undocumented is brought in, detained, questioned, and sometimes held indefinitely, whether or not there is legal basis for it.

    Case in point: The arrest and detention of Daniel Ramirez – Medina, a young man who had come forward under DACA, and who had only a minor cannabis violation. ICE said that he "admitted to being a gang member" – a charge he denies.

    1. After attending the ICE meeting it's hard not to conclude that President Trump has started his mass deportation plan.

    — Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) February 16, 2017

    Mass deportation was one of Trump's signature campaign promises – and he's trying to keep it, Constitution be damned.  It is happening. In Denver, Jeanette Vizguerra has taken sanctuary in the First Unitarian Church of Denver. Trump is threatening to defund any "Sanctuary Cities". Democracy Now interviewed the pastor of the church, Rev. Mike Morran. This is becoming a national story now.

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