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Gregory Bull / AP

The AP has now released the full text of the draft Homeland Security memo at the center of its report that the Trump administration is considering calling up 100,000 National Guard troops to round up illegal immigrants.

The White House called the AP's report "100% not true" and stated "this is not a White House document." DHS confirmed the memo was authentic but disputed the AP's report that it was authored by Homeland Security secretary John Kelly. A DHS spokesman told Axios that having Kelly's name on the document isn't a sign that he'd seen it, but rather that staffers were passing it back and forth before final approval. Nonetheless, the AP released the memo today, and here it is:

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Updated Sep 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

DHS seeks operator for Guantánamo Bay migrant detention facility amid Del Rio surge

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. Photo: Graeme Jennings/Pool via Getty Images

The Biden administration is looking for a private contractor to oversee a migrant detention facility at the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo Bay, according to a recent government listing.

Yes, but: A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson said in an email on Wednesday night that the DHS "is not and will not send Haitian nationals being encountered at the southwest border to the Migrant Operations Center (MOC) in Guantanamo Bay." 

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Sep 23, 2021 - Energy & Environment

White House moves against "super-pollutant" in climate fight

Photo: Kena Betancur/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images

The EPA is finalizing rules today that cut powerful greenhouse gases used in air conditioning and refrigeration, part of a wider new White House strategy to deter these "super-pollutants" and boost manufacturing of substitutes.

Why it matters: The EPA regulation is the U.S. part of a planned global phase-down of chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons. The global phaseout can prevent up 0.5 °C of global warming by 2100, the White House said.

Sep 21, 2021 - World

UN: Taliban nominate new envoy, ask to speak at General Assembly meeting

Afghanistan's current UN ambassador Ghulam Isaczai. Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images

The United Nations said Tuesday that the Taliban asked to speak at the United Nations General Assembly's meeting this week, AP reports.

Why it matters: The move marks a direct challenge to Afghanistan's currently accredited UN ambassador, Ghulam Isaczai, whom the Taliban said no longer represented Afghanistan.