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The deployment of Customs and Border Patrol agents, some with tactical training, to the interior of the country is unusual and represents another escalation in the confrontation between the Trump administration and the local jurisdictions that have set up roadblocks to immigration enforcement.
Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Matthew Albence said additional forces are needed because people without legal authorization to be in the country are being released from local jails in sanctuary cities and counties before his agents can take them into custody. The acting director did not disclose when or where the agents would be deployed but an official, speaking on condition of anonymity to disclose details not provided in the statement, said they would include major sanctuary cities such as San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston and Detroit.
Albence also did not provide details on the specific types of agents being deployed, but the official said they would come from varied U. Immigrant advocates dismissed the deployment as a political move by President Donald Trump to excite anti-immigration elements among his supporters and intimidate communities that have adopted sanctuary policies to ensure people cooperate with local law enforcement regardless of whether they are in the country illegally or not.
Shah, senior advocacy and policy counsel for the ACLU, said she was concerned about use of the military-like Border Patrol Tactical Unit in a civilian setting. The deployment comes as the president and others in his administration look to increase pressure on a sanctuary city movement that has expanded since he took office. More than counties have now declined to continue holding people sought by ICE and more than have prohibited officers from even asking people about their immigration status, according to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.
Supporters of sanctuary policies say people will be less likely to report crime or to be a witness if they believe they could be deported for doing so. Albence and others in the administration say sanctuary policies interfere with legitimate law enforcement efforts. Bennie G. Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said moving agents from the border will weaken security there. The Justice Department this week filed one lawsuit against New Jersey for prohibiting state and local law enforcement from sharing information about inmates in the U.
Last week, the Department of Homeland Security said it would bar New York residents from trusted traveler programs such as Global Entry because of state law that prohibits immigration agents from accessing motor vehicle records. Trump has been trying since he took office to punish sanctuary cities. In , Jeff Sessions, then attorney general, said such cities would not receive grant money unless they gave federal immigration authorities access to jails and provide advance notice when someone in the country illegally is about to be released from prison. A federal judge blocked the punishment from being enforced, and the cities got the money.
Sections U. Nobel Prizes Oil spills U. Matthew Albence, right, the acting director of U. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, speaks during a news conference, Friday, Jan. The country's top immigration official blamed the "sanctuary policies" of New York City on Friday for the sexual assault and killing of a year-old woman, while the mayor's office decried such rhetoric as "fear, hate and attempts to divide.
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