NY.- The government of Donald Trump He is sending elite agents who routinely work on the Mexican border to large cities such as New York and Chicago, in a large secret operation to arrest undocumented immigrants.
As reported on Friday The New York Times, which quotes two officials who know the secret operation, it is expected that these agents will also be deployed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit and Newark (New Jersey).
It is, according to the newspaper, the latest movement of the Administration Trump in its battle against the so-called “sanctuary cities,” places where local authorities refuse to cooperate with federal authorities to find and deport undocumented immigrants.
A spokesman for the Customs and Border Protection office (CBP) confirmed to Times that the agency will deploy 100 agents to work with the Immigration and Customs Control Service (ICE), the agency responsible for capturing immigrants within the country for deportation.
The deployment will take place from February to May, according to an internal email seen by the newspaper, which indicates that among the agents there will be members of a special group of the Border Patrol known as BORTAC.
These tactical units, which operate on the southern border, are commonly used in high-risk operations against violent individuals and criminal and drug groups.
Agents have special equipment and training, including preparation as snipers.
In the “sanctuary cities”, your job will be to support fellow ICE in his usual operations.
According to this service, the deployment comes in response to the policies adopted by these locations that, according to the agency, are hindering the work of its troops.
The government of Trump He is currently in a tough confrontation with cities like New York over this issue and in recent weeks he has taken steps to pressure the authorities to cooperate.
For the former head of the CBP Gil Kerlikowske, the decision to use BORTAC is a “significant mistake”, as these agents are not accustomed to working in cities and can lead to violent situations.
“If you’re a police chief and you’re going to make a detention for a relatively minor crime, you don’t send a SWAT team,” Kerlikowske told Times in reference to police special forces.