UPDATED 8:28 AM PT — Saturday, February 15, 2020
The feud between the Trump administration and sanctuary cities is escalating as ICE looks to increase enforcement across the U.S. Immigration enforcement officials announced Friday that Customs and Border Protection is deploying 100 tactical officers to sanctuary cities across the country.
The deployment comes amid a fight between Democrat leadership and federal agencies over cooperation with immigration officials. Specifically, this includes a lack of coordination and communication over information sharing and detaining immigrants when requested by federal agencies.
“The strange law enforcement resources places the officers and community at risk, and ultimately results in fewer criminals being removed from our streets. Despite these challenges, it’s our duty to all of you to enforce laws passed by Congress. We are not going to stop fighting to keep your community safe, regardless of whatever obstacles are placed in our path.”
– Matthew Albence, Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against New Jersey earlier this week, which aimed to prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from sharing information on inmates in the country illegally.
Tensions between the Department of Homeland Security and New York increased after the DHS banned residents from enrolling in Trusted Traveler programs. This came in response to new laws passed by the state, which sought to withhold DMV records from federal agencies.
Sanctuary state officials believe federal agencies are cracking down for political reasons.
“It’s not really about TTP (Trusted Traveler Program) and Global Entry, it’s about what that memo that was leaked from DHS suggests, which is it’s all politics,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “It’s retaliation and it’s reprisal.”
Although the acting director of ICE has not disclosed details on where agents will be deployed, other officials have hinted the agency will target major sanctuary cities like New York, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago. Officials also said the deployment will last from February to May.