The Trump administration is sending specialized tactical immigration enforcement units from the southern border as part of an extensive arrest operation in sanctuary cities across the country.
The tactical units are being sent to cities including Chicago and New York to help bolster the power of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in the area, according to two officials who are familiar with the matter. Agents are also expected to be sent to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit, and Newark, New Jersey.
Sanctuary cities are cities that refuse to cooperate in handing over illegal immigrants slotted for deportation by federal officials.
A spokesman for Customs and Border Protection confirmed that the agency was sending 100 officers to work with ICE. The deployment of the teams will run from February through May, according to an official familiar with the matter.