Trump Sending Special Border Patrol Units to Sanctuary Cities 02/18/2020 Source: AAN by: Paul Crespo
President Trump is fulfilling his promise to enforce the nation's immigration laws and crack down on so-called "sanctuary cities" who refuse to cooperate with federal immigration agents. Many of these localities also subvert federal law enforcement by warning illegal aliens of impending immigration raids.
In response, the Trump administration will be deploying specialized law enforcement tactical units as part of arrest operations in these cities across the country. As reported by the New York Times, among those being deployed are members of the elite tactical unit known as BORTAC, which acts as the Border Patrol's SWAT team.
Carrying special gear such as stun grenades and with enhanced tactical training, the officers typically conduct high-risk operations targeting known violent offenders, many of them career criminals. Some may remember unfavorably that it was armed BORTAC agents who entered the Miami home where Elian Gonzalez was residing in 2000 to remove him, while the boy was involved in an asylum case involving Cuba.
But now as PBS reports, "more commonly, they're breaking into stash houses that smuggling organizations are running. So these are places that are known to be full of drugs and weapons and dangerous people and they're breaking down the door to get them out."
In these operations, BORTAC units are expected to mostly back up ICE agents during deportation efforts and act as a show of force.
These tactical officers are being sent to cities including Chicago and New York to reinforce the enforcement power of local Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. Agents are also expected to be sent to other major sanctuary cities.
According to the NYT, ICE leadership requested this added help in sanctuary cities because agents there often struggle to track down undocumented immigrants without the help of local police and other local agencies in these jurisdictions.
ICE's acting director said the deployment is needed in response to policies adopted by sanctuary cities which have made it harder for immigration agents to do their jobs, adding that if ICE isn't allowed to take custody of criminal aliens from jails, they are forced to make more dangerous "at-large" arrests.