Report: President ‘considered’ using National Guard to arrest undocumented immigrants
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The Associated Press is reporting that President Trump “considered” using up to 100,000 National Guard troops to arrest undocumented immigrants.
The AP says it obtained a draft memo detailing the plan.
“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,” AP reported.
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AP posted this photo of the document in question on its official Twitter account:
The Trump administration's draft memo on using National Guard troops for immigration roundups. https://t.co/94nGIcsT7E
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 17, 2017
If the proposal becomes reality, it could heighten the tension and fear immigrant groups are feeling due to recent raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. While ICE describes these as routine, a spokesperson noted that a recent executive order by the president has expanded the agency’s priority list to include people who have minor offenses. Last week, immigration attorneys reported ICE raids along Buford Highway. The Atlanta Field Office, which covers Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, reported making 200 arrests last week.
DeKalb County Schools reported unusually high absenteeism on that day in response to the protests. Average absenteeism is around 4 to 10 percent, but some schools reported a nearly 60 percent absentee rate on Thursday.
DeKalb County Schools provided this breakdown of absentee rates per school …
School – Absentee rate on Feb. 16
Henderson Mill – 22%
Brockett – 16%
Fernbank – 14%
Coralwood – 12% (this may be due to illness – 23 students total)
Smoke Rise – 11%
Cary Reynolds ES – 45%
Chamblee HS – 3.75%
Cross Keys HS – 59%
Dresden ES – 57.06%
John Lewis – 41%
Monclair ES – 49%
Oakcliff ES – 19.76
Sequoyah MS -40%
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect updates to the original AP story. Decaturish considers the Associated Press to be a reliable source of information.