ALERT! Regarding Report Of Possible National Guard Activation

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ALERT! Regarding Report Of Possible National Guard Activation

 By:  The Saqui Law Group

The following alert was disseminated this morning by the National Council of Agricultural Employers:

We have received numerous calls today over the latest discussion that the Administration  may activate 100,000 National Guard troops to do immigration enforcement. Since then, The Hill reports that the White House has issued strong denials.

Despite the denials, many employers and others concerned with immigration issues remain unsettled. Based on the initial reports, Frank wrote the following comments: ""While there has been ongoing discussion of using more National Guard on the borders, and there is precedent for doing this, the new discussions go much farther and could be significantly disruptive/chilling to agriculture:  "Four states that border on Mexico are included in the proposal — California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas — but it also encompasses seven states contiguous to those four — Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana."

It is unclear exactly how OR, NV, UT, CO, OK, AR, and LA were added to the list as they are clearly not border states--- but--- under the assumption that they may be seen as having high concentrations of illegal presence, then it is reasonable to assume that many other states (Canadian border and other agricultural states) could/would quickly be added to the list if the initial surge were deemed successful.

If this is implemented, there will certainly be court challenges over both civil rights issues AND issues of military policing within the United States without formal declaration of an emergency."" 

At this point, based on the White House assurance that the rumor is just that--- a rumor we do not recommend any action.  If you are meeting with your Congressional delegations and/or State officials it would not hurt to comment that the rumor was very unsettling and that if such an action were taken that it would be extremely harmful to American agriculture--- but we do NOT recommend proactively pursuing  that conversation at this time.

If, at some future point, this issue is raised again, then we will ask that you actively work your Congressional delegations, Governor's offices, and those State Attorney Generals who may be amenable to legal opposition--- but since this may be rumor only--- now is NOT the time to activate the grassroots.

We know this kind of news will be (and already is) very unsettling to many of you. It is disruptive to our agricultural workforce even if only rumor.  We have weathered rumors and frightening ideas from Congress and Administrations for years--- now we add "Presidential tweets" to the list of potential disruptiors--- we must remain confident that our federal system of checks and balances will work and that we will reach long-term favorable resolution. Remember Winston Churchill's quote that: "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else."  We believe the first half of that quote is still valid--- 

This is all the more reason for us to keep up the pressure on Congress to pass legislation that stabilizes the current Ag workforce, improves the functioning & capacity of the current H-2A (contract) program, and provides a working solution to the long-term workforce needs of year-around agriculture--- THIS TERM---

If any of you find more detailed documents (particularly the "11 page document" quoted in one of the reports) on this issue, please share with us ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Thank you, 


Article from Washington Post - Trump Weighs Mobilizing Nat Guard  

NBC Washington Article - White House Denies Report  

The Hill Article - White House Strongly Denies Report regarding National Guard 

Frank Gasperini

Executive VP/CEO

National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE)

525 9th Street NW, Suite 800

Washington, DC 20004

202-629-9320 office

202-579-0171 mobile




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