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Will National Guard troops round up unauthorized immigrants?

The Trump administration is weighing the mobilization of as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, according to The Associated Press, which procured a draft memo penned by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. 

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, members of the National Guard patrol along the Rio Grande at the Texas-Mexico border in Rio Grande City, Texas. 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. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, members of the National Guard patrol along the Rio Grande at the Texas-Mexico border in Rio Grande City, Texas. 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. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Kelly is a retired four-star Marine general, reports the AP. 

The outline for the sweep entailed plans to include four border states with Mexico, as well as Oklahoma, one of seven states contiguous with the four. The states are: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. 

Nearly as fast as the AP published the report, the White House denied it.

Almost immediately after The Associated Press published its report, the White House issued a denial. “That is 100 percent not true. It is false," Press Secretary Sean Spicer told the media pool aboard Air Force One before President Trump headed to South Carolina to tour a Boeing plant later Friday.

“There is no effort at all to round up, to utilize the National Guard to round up illegal immigrants," Spicer said. He said he couldn't deny altogether that the subject had never been discussed in the administration,  The White House has noted before that many proposals have been drafted on a range of issues, but not all are under serious consideration.

The Oklahoman's Silas Allen reported that as of Friday morning, Oklahoma officials had not been notified about any potential plans to activate National Guard troops for immigration raids. 

McClatchy reported Trump would not be the first president to use the force that way. Former President George W. Bush in 2006 sent 6,000 National Guard troops to four border states and former President Barack Obama sent 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, IMMIGRANTS: Oklahoma Army National Guard members of the 120th Combat Engineers unit walk onto the flight line at a Guard hanger at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City Thursday Sept. 7, 2006, to board a national guard plane bound for Las Cruces, New Mexico, to participate in Operation Jump Start to better secure the nation's border with Mexico. 13 engineers from the unit flew out Thursday to participate in the operation. BY PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND, THE OKLAHOMAN ORG XMIT: KOD
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, IMMIGRANTS: Oklahoma Army National Guard members of the 120th Combat Engineers unit walk onto the flight line at a Guard hanger at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City Thursday Sept. 7, 2006, to board a national guard plane bound for Las Cruces, New Mexico, to participate in Operation Jump Start to better secure the nation's border with Mexico. 13 engineers from the unit flew out Thursday to participate in the operation. BY PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND, THE OKLAHOMAN ORG XMIT: KOD

According to McClatchy:

Obama removed more people from the U.S. than any other president, at some 2.5 million. Bush deported about 2 million people. Annual deportations jumped into the hundreds of thousands in 1997, while the total for the prior 105 years was only 2.1 million people.

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