Where’s the evidence?

Pardon me:  just fact checking.

Homeland Security on AP’s National Guard: ‘Absolutely Incorrect’

An explosive report that Secretary Kelly wanted to use troops to “round up” undocumented immigrants gets serious pushback.

Betsy Woodruff

Betsy Woodruff

02.17.17 11:42 AM ET

The Department of Homeland Security is roundly condemning an Associated Press story that broke Friday morning about considering the use of the National Guard to “round up” undocumented immigrants. The DHS says that isn’t true, and—contra the AP’s reporting—that DHS Secretary John Kelly didn’t write the draft memo.

“The Department is not considering mobilizing the National Guard,” said Gillian Christensen, the acting press secretary for DHS.

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The AP reported that the draft memo suggested using National Guard troops to “to perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension and detention of aliens in the United States.”

The AP also reported that Kelly wrote the memo, but Christensen told The Daily Beast that that is “absolutely incorrect.”…

When I pasted the above on Feb.17, 2017 I’d just read something about Senator McCain’s  (anti-Trump Republican) bemoaning unpleasant trends in American society, one of which was the difficulty of discerning truth from falsehood, fact from fiction. This morning, Feb. 18,  my television printed the “AP, Associated Press – DHS, (Department of Homeland Security)” truth conflict as news indicating that this true/false story was more important than I thought, especially in context with the many media journalists online and on television who reviewed President Trump’s Feb. 16 news conference by fact checking at least five of his statements.

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