People For the American Way

PFAW Statement on Floated Proposal to Mobilize National Guard to Apprehend Undocumented Immigrants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 17, 2017

Contact: Drew Courtney or Layne Amerikaner at People For the American Way


Phone Number: 202-467-4999

WASHINGTON—A draft Trump administration memo obtained by the Associated Press proposes a massive mobilization of 100,000 National Guard troops to “round up” undocumented immigrants. Immigration raids, including the arrest of DACA recipient Daniel Ramirez Medina, are already underway in states across the country.

People For the American Way president Michael Keegan released the following statement:

“The fact that this plan has even been floated as a possibility is an affront to who we are as a country. Rounding people up, sparking panic for entire communities, and ripping apart families flies in the face of our most cherished values and should be opposed in the strongest possible terms. The Trump administration’s continued attack on immigrants is disgraceful and wrong.”

The Associated Press reports that the memo was written by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has denied the veracity of the report.

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.