Friday, February 17, 2017

Make Them Deny It

Leaked draft orders don't mean that policy is about to be implemented. People write up all kinds of crazy proposals, presumably. But the leaks mean either a) someone wants it to be at trial balloon to see if it flies b) someone wants to shoot down the trial balloon before it leaves the ground. The White House has quickly denied this one, but denial doesn't make the story untrue. It just means they aren't yet ready to announce it, and may never be if enough shit is kicked up.

(AP) -- 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.

The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana.

Four states that border on Mexico are included in the proposal — California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas — but it also encompasses seven states contiguous to those four — Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

And some plans sit on the shelf for just the right moment.