A draft government memo obtained by the Associated Press says President Donald Trump may order the deployment of some 100,000 National Guard troops to "round up unauthorized immigrants" in 11 states, including Oregon.
The memo states that "governors in the 11 states would have a choice whether to have their guard troops participate." Federal law allows for Presidents to take command of state Guards forces.
According to the AP, the memo was drafted by President Trump's hand-picked Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly, and has been circulating inside the department for two weeks.
The states listed in the memo had an above-average share of immigrants. They were: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas or Louisiana.
Check back for updates.
Update 8:08 am: Trump's weekly address has yet to begin. White House spokesman Sean Spicer is calling the AP story "100 percent false" but at the same time he refuses to deny the substance of the report—that the National Guard plan was under consideration.
WW has contacted Gov. Kate Brown's office seeking comment.
Update 8:18 am: A Homeland Security official confirmed for a Cox Media Group reporter in Washington D.C. that the National Guard memo existed, but called it "a very early, pre decisional draft." This contradicts the White House assertion that the AP report was "100 percent false."
The weekly presidential address, scheduled for 8 am PST, was evidently experiencing some technical difficulties.
Update 10:10 am: Vox was leaked what seems to be the same memo as the AP obtained and has posted the full text on its website.
One relevant section of the memo, dated Jan. 25 and labeled "FROM: John Kelly," reads as follows:
Update 11:18 am: Brown spokesperson Chris Pair sent WW the following statement: