Crowley calls out National Guard draft memo

Rep. Joseph Crowley (D, New York) criticized the National Guard memo released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
By Jason Spencer | Feb 17, 2017
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D, New York) criticized the National Guard memo released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration members have, on multiple occasions, threatened to utilize the National Guard in order to crack down on illegal immigrants residing in the United States of America. Crowley, who is the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, criticized a draft memo published by theAssociated Press in an interview on C-SPAN program,Newsmakers.

"Using the National Guard, the Army, to come into our communities, to police our communities, to disrupt and to gather people up for the purpose of deporting them, is a very, very scary thing. It's not a country that I'm familiar with called the United States. It's not how we conduct ourselves. We see that happen in other countries that aren't as free and aren't as open as we are to welcoming immigrants," said Crowley. "And now they're under fear that armed [men], you know, with M-16 rifles, come to your door and break it down and leave your children who are American citizens there but take you and deport you."

Crowley likened the memo to the onset of World War II.

"I think we have to always look at our past and look at the history of the world, to put into context where we are today. I'm not describing and saying this is like Germany per se, or making any comparison to Nazis or anything else. What I'm saying is that we as a people have to be concerned about the use of our military to usurp the authority of our police departments."

 

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