Lofgren statement on proposed National Guard deportation force

February 17, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCU.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) today issued the following statement in response to a reported leaked memo detailing Trump Administration plans to mobilize the National Guard to forcibly deport undocumented immigrants:

"While the Trump Administration may try to downplay the significance of this document, it is clearly written by top officials within their Administration and lends important insight into the sort of conversations they are leading.

"The simple fact that calling in the National Guard to create a ‘deportation force' – as Trump had repeatedly promised he would do during his candidacy for President – has even been discussed and considered at the highest levels of government is chilling.

"This draft memorandum makes clear that at least some in the Trump Administration are considering a radical shift towards instituting a police state – with little regard for the fear it creates in immigrant communities, as well as the reaction of everyone else to the possible creation of a police state in America."

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