UPDATE: Now Even The AP Is Spreading "Fake News". National Guard Immigration Roundup "False"
AP reported that according to a draft 11-page memo, the Trump administration is considering mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up illegal immigrants. However, the White House quickly slammed the agency’s report is “false." In yet another leak-counterleak example of "spot the fake news" , moments after the AP report hit, the White House denied everything
As reported earlier (see below), the AP said an “unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement” would affect locations as far north as Portland, Oregon and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana, according to the 11-page document, purportedly written by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. The proposal would four states bordering on Mexico – Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas – as well as the seven neighboring states of Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon and Utah. Governors in the eleven states would have a choice whether to have their guard troops participate in the round-up, according to AP.
But the White House responded to the news with only one word: “False,” according to Reuters.
Some have speculated that if indeed the AP report is false, it may be an attempt by the White House to ferret out the source of the leak.
So until we wait to learn if that is the case, to those who are still trying to make sense of what news is real and fake at this point, we wish them the best luck.
RedFlag note: The draft in question can be found here: The draft considers allowing states who wish to do so, to use the National Guard as additional border patrol and immigration enforcement resources. It does not, as the AP suggests, authorize 100,000 National Guard to "round up" illegals at the president's request.