By Keith Griffith For Dailymail.com and Reuters
Published: 03:45 GMT, 15 February 2020 | Updated: 04:33 GMT, 15 February 2020
The Trump administration is deploying highly trained officers to boost arrests of unauthorized immigrants in a number of cities, the latest move in a battle against localities that adopt 'sanctuary' policies to protect them from deportation.
Members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) will be among the officers deployed to cities to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.
They will be sent to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit and Newark, New Jersey, CBP spokesman Lawrence Payne said in a statement on Friday.
BORTAC agents undergo a 'grueling' training program designed to 'mirror aspects' of U.S. Special Operation Forces courses, according to details about the program published on the CBP website. The unit was launched in 1984 in response to rioting at immigration detention facilities.
The Trump administration is deploying highly trained BORTAC agents (above in file photo) to boost arrests of unauthorized immigrants in a number of sanctuary cities
BORTAC agents undergo a 'grueling' training program designed to 'mirror aspects' of U.S. Special Operation Forces courses. A BORTAC agent is seen above guarding the border
Scores of Democrat-controlled cities and counties have adopted policies to limit cooperation with federal immigration enforcement,