As per reports the Donald Trump administration is considering mobilisation of more than 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorised immigrants.
The Associated Press accessed a draft memo that calls for the unprecedented militarisation of the US immigration enforcement.
BREAKING: Trump administration considers mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants.
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 17, 2017
However, White House spokesperson Michael Short has denied this in a tweet.
Four states that border on Mexico that are included in the proposal are namely California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
Earlier, while addressing a conference of County Sheriffs at the White House, US President Donald Trump said, “The wall is getting designed right now. A lot of people say, ‘Oh, oh, Trump was only kidding with the wall.’ I wasn’t kidding. I don’t kid. I don’t kid.”
“The wall which was my major poll promise is essential to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and drug pouring into the country from across the border,” President Trump added.
“I watch this, and they say I was kidding. Nah, I don’t kid. I don’t kid about things like that, I can tell you. No, we will have a wall. It will be a great wall and it will do a lot of — it’ll be a big help,” he said.
“Just ask Israel about walls. Do walls work? Just ask Israel. They work, if it’s properly done. It’s time to dismantle the gangs terrorising our citizens. It is time to ensure every young American can be raised in an environment of decency, dignity, love and support,” he said.
In January, Trump had said that the US would initially pay for the wall and that Mexico would later reimburse the costs. Sources, however, say that the Congress could prove to be a hindrance in Trump’s plan in the Senate and House of Representatives.