Is Trump sending the National Guard to Round-Up Undocumented?

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (2.5 minute read)  

My instinct is to believe that, yes, the Trump administration, five days into the presidency, drafted a plan for deporting undocumented people that included using 100,000 National Guard troops. I tend to believe it because the Associated Press says it’s true.

Here’s how the AP reported it:

“The Trump administration considered 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.

“Staffers in the Department of Homeland Security said the proposal had been discussed as recently as last Friday.

“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.”

Read more stories about Trump’s immigration plans in NewsTaco. >> 

Then there was this, Tweeted by TIME’s Ryan Teague:

You can click on the link in the Tweet to read the memo.

The White House’s Sean Spicer denied it. Reuters reported it:

“The White House on Friday denied it was considering mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round-up non-citizens who are in the country illegally.”

Meanwhile Rep. Joaquin Castro, who was one of the few allowed to attend a meeting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chief Thomas Homan yesterday, Tweeted this:

And that’s where we stand.


Sign or start a petition to organize a town hall meeting with your congressperson 
Click HERE 

As I said, I tend to believe the reports of the National Guard mobilization, but not because of Trump’s campaign rhetoric or because of his actions once in office that enabled immigration authorities to deport almost anyone not born in the U.S.

My belief comes from the paradoxical nature of this White House, where the most extreme things are believably common. It’s hard to believe that a president would activate the National Guard to round-up and deport people, but it sounds like the kind of thing Trump would do.

By the way, in 2005 Latinos were 9.2 percent of the military reserves.

Do you like stories that reflect authentic latino life in the U.S.?

 Be part of a positive change.

Subscribe to the Latino daily

[Photo by Virginia Guard Public Affairs/Flickr]

Subscribe today!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Must Read

How a harsh criticism turned ‘Coco’ into Pixar’s most uniquely made movie yet

Victor Landa November 17, 2017

Director Lee Unkrich was hot off the box office success and Oscar win for 2010’s “Toy Story 3” when he delved into making a movie that focused on the Mexican […]

Trump Administration Targets and then Mocks Immigrant with Prosthetic Leg

Victor Landa November 15, 2017

A 20-year-old undocumented immigrant with prosthetic leg and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status has been detained by federal immigration agents and held without charges for over a month, treated inhumanely […]

More Latinas are becoming teachers and reshaping our nation’s classrooms

Victor Landa November 29, 2017

The growth of the Latino population in the United States will have a lasting cultural and intellectual impact beyond the arts, food, and celebrations. More and more, Latinas are becoming […]

As Numbers Grow, Recognizing Generations Of Latino Veterans

Victor Landa November 10, 2017

As the nation honors its veterans, government officials point to the growing numbers of Latinos in the military, while Hispanic scholars and historians remind us of the generations of Latino […]

U.S Hispanic Chamber Leader Who Has Had Turbulent Relationship With Trump May Be Ousted

Victor Landa November 22, 2017

The US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is moving behind the scenes to oust its prominent president Javier Palomarez over allegations that he misused the organization’s money for his personal […]

How Indie Latinx Comic Book Authors Are Capturing the Latinx Experience

Victor Landa November 13, 2017

Back in 2010, comics creator Javier Hernandez was walking around San Francisco with his friend Ricardo Padilla when he had an idea: Why don’t they build a comics convention focusing […]

Half of Latino Immigrant Characters on TV Are Portrayed as Criminals, Study Finds

Victor Landa November 1, 2017

Define American, the immigration nonprofit founded by Pulitzer-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, has released its first-ever media reference guide for writers, directors, and producers concerning Latino immigrant characters. Immigrants and […]

Could Hispanic vote push Lupe Valdez into Texas Governor’s Office?

Victor Landa December 8, 2017

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is running as a Democratic candidate for Texas Governor after a year of speaking out on big state issues– particularly the controversial sanctuary cities ban. Experts says […]