The New York Times reports:
The Trump administration is deploying law enforcement tactical units from the southern border as part of a supercharged arrest operation in sanctuary cities across the country, an escalation in the president’s battle against localities that refuse to participate in immigration enforcement.
The specially trained officers are being sent to cities including Chicago and New York to boost the enforcement power of local ICE officers, according to two officials who are familiar with the secret operation. Additional agents are expected to be sent to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit and Newark, N.J.
The move reflects President Trump’s persistence in cracking down on sanctuary cities, localities that have refused to cooperate in handing over immigrants targeted for deportation to federal authorities.
NEW: The administration is sending Border Patrol tactical units to sanctuary cities for a supercharged arrest operation starting this weekend. With @KannoYoungs & @mirjordan, @anniecorreal, and @viaSimonRomero https://t.co/ZAE1UsbnQE
— Caitlin Dickerson (@itscaitlinhd) February 14, 2020
Border Patrol is deploying tactical units to sanctuary cities.
Reminder: Sanctuary cities are a direct product of the original Sanctuary movement of the 1980s, a religious phenomenon where houses of worship took in Central Americans fleeing violence. https://t.co/ASpDdYY2QL
— Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) February 14, 2020
The Border Patrol is sending BORTAC agents — the highly trained tactical units that engage with smugglers on the border — to arrest undocumented immigrants in sanctuary cities. https://t.co/hHrypGIdDW
— Kim Murphy (@kimmurphy) February 14, 2020
We live in a dystopian hellscape https://t.co/rjDWXlWuvK
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) February 14, 2020