It didn’t take long for President Donald Trump to take action on his signature campaign issue: illegal immigration. Just days after taking office he signed off on executive orders authorizing the construction of the US-Mexico border, boosting border patrol forces, and increasing the number of immigration enforcement officers who carry out deportations. The orders also called for sanctuary cities to be stripped of federal funding if they don’t comply with federal immigration laws.
There have also been some notable immigration raids that are a preview of what’s to come. Just last week, 678 people were rounded up in 12 states during raids, 74 percent of which had been convicted of a crime.
USA Today notes that during immigration raids under Obama, 90 percent were convicted of a crime, meaning that Trump’s raids are likely going to affect all illegals, not just “criminal illegals” (what a bizarre phrase “criminal illegals” is, eh?)
Just under 700 illegal immigrants caught is just a drop in the bucket, with an estimated illegal population between ten and fifteen million. And because of that, the fake news has already started as to how Trump will be pulling off such an ambitious feat.
Earlier today, the Associated Press published a fake story claiming that the was going to send in the National Guard to conduct immigration raids.
According to the L.A. Times:The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up immigrants in the U.S. illegally, 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, Ore., and as far east as New Orleans, LA.But it was all bogus.
Almost immediately after the Associated Press published its report, the White House issued a denial. “That is 100% 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.
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) February 17, 2017
Spicer also added that the memo is “not a White House document,” and that “There is no effort at all to round up, to utilize the National Guard to round up illegal immigrants.”
Of course, even as quickly as this story was proven false, that didn’t prevent some comically hysterical reactions from the left:
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) February 17, 2017
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) February 17, 2017
Trump will first use the National Guard to round up illegal immigrants, critics second and opponents third.
— Matthew Kick (@MatthewKick) February 17, 2017
Trump is considering sending 100,000 National Guard troops to round up undocumented immigrants. Don't tell us not to compare him to Hitler.
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) February 17, 2017
The left’s journalists are ready to stand in front of Trump to challenge everything he does – and even things he doesn’t, apparently.
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]