Arkansas governor responds to report about Trump mobilizing National Guard
LITTLE ROCK (KATV/AP) —
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson says he "would have concerns" about utilizing National Guard resources to round up illegal immigrants, responding to an Associated Press (AP) report that Trump was considering such a proposal.
AP, citing an 11-page draft memo it obtained, said the proposal calls for the mobilization of as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants across the country. It includes four states that border Mexico, including California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. But it also includes seven other states that don't -- Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
Gov. Hutchinson sent the following statement to Channel 7 News:
While we haven’t had any contact from the Administration in regard to this issue, I would have concerns about the utilization of National Guard resources for immigration enforcement with the current deployment responsibilities our guardsmen have overseas. During my time at Homeland Security, we utilized National Guard partnerships for specific responsibilities along the border, so the concept is fine, but it’s a matter of resources. In Arkansas, I believe it would be too much of a strain on our National Guard personnel.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called the memo "100% false" and said, ''There is no effort at all to utilize the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants."