President Donald Trump gave an order this week that seeks to address one of his highest priorities: illegal immigration.
The New York Times reports that the Trump administration will be sending an elite team of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers to so-called “sanctuary cities” beginning this month. The agents will be deployed to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in what the Times called “a supercharged arrest operation.”
According to CBP spokesman Lawrence Payne, who confirmed the Times report, 100 specially trained CBP officers will be sent to 10 sanctuary cities from now through May. The cities, all of which have refused to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, and Newark, New Jersey.
These cities have enacted policies that instruct local law enforcement not to assist federal agents tasked with enforcing immigration law, making ICE’s job much more difficult — and potentially endangering American citizens.
“As we have noted for years, in jurisdictions where we are not allowed to assume custody of aliens from jails, our officers are forced to make at-large arrests of criminal aliens who have been released into communities,” ICE acting director Matthew Albence said in a statement, according to the Washington Examiner.
He went on: “When sanctuary cities release these criminals back to the street, it increases the occurrence of preventable crimes and, more importantly, preventable victims.”
“You are not home-free”
The Examiner reported Friday that CBP officers typically focus their efforts on “ports of entry, such as airports, and within 100 miles of the border. Immigration enforcement in the middle of the country is usually left to ICE,” the Examiner noted.
But according to retired ICE director Tom Homan, the CBP deployment should help with the sanctuary city problem. “This will help arrest those [who] are public safety threats and take them off our streets,” he told Fox & Friends: Weekend, according to Fox News.
Homan said the deployment looks to send a message to those looking to gain illegal entry to America: “If you are lucky enough to get by the border patrol, you are not home-free no matter what the Democrat leadership wants to say. You can go to a so-called sanctuary city. There is no sanctuary. ICE is not going to allow sanctuary; neither is Border Patrol.”
Trump steps up
The deployment of CBP agents to these cities is just part of President Trump’s solution to the problem. According to reports, he is also currently pursuing legislation meant to discourage cities from enacting “sanctuary” policies.
“Not one more American life should be stolen by sanctuary cities,” the president said in Washington on Friday, according to Fox. “That’s why we are calling on Congress to pass legislation giving American victims the right to sue sanctuary cities, and hold them accountable for the suffering and the damages that they have caused.”
Hopefully, with these measures, President Trump will soon be able to eliminate the sanctuary city problem for good.