The agency is expected to employ 100 agents and agents in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit and Newark, New Jersey, one of the sources confirmed to CNN. The distribution is scheduled to run from February to May.
“CBP agents and officers who are detailed to help ICE come from different sectors and job positions. While some of them are trained in tactical operations, this is one of many training areas,” said the Department of National security in a statement.
Interim Director of Immigration and Customs Matthew Albence said in a statement: “ICE is using CBP to complement law enforcement activities in response to resource challenges arising from sanctuary city policies.”
“As we have noted for years, in jurisdictions where we are not allowed to take custody of aliens from prisons, our officers are forced to make large-scale arrests of criminal aliens who have been released into communities,” he added. “This effort requires a significant amount of time and additional resources.”
In view of the presidential elections, the administration is working again on the issue of sanctuary policies.
Supporters, who have similarly stepped up their rejection of immigration enforcement, opposed the administration’s latest move to distribute CBP officers and agents to cities.
“This is a transparent reprisal against local governments for refusing to bid the administration,” said Naureen Shah, senior policy and legal advice on immigrant rights for the American Civil Liberties Union. “Local governments should not face reprisals to focus on community needs and use taxpayers’ money responsibly instead of helping to expel and detain community members.”