White House Denies Report that Trump is Considering Mobilizing the National Guard to Round Up Immigrants

Michael Nelson, a coal miner worker shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump as he prepares to sign Resolution 38, which nullfies the "stream protection rule", at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria -
Michael Nelson, a coal miner worker shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump as he prepares to sign Resolution 38, which nullfies the “stream protection rule”, at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria –

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.

The Associated Press, citing a draft memo it obtained, reported earlier on Friday that the Trump administration was considering utilizing the military reserve branch in 11 states to target people who are in the United States illegally.

It was not immediately clear who authored the memo AP cited.

(Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Tim Ahmann)

SOURCE: Reuters