BOSTON (CBS) – The Trump administration is going to send Border Patrol agents to “sanctuary” cities around the country, including the Boston area. The Department of Homeland Security said the extra personnel will help ICE agents with immigration enforcement.

“ICE does not have sufficient resources to effectively manage the sustained increase in non-detained cases which is exacerbated by the rise of sanctuary jurisdictions,” a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement.

The New York Times reports that among the 100 agents being deployed are members of an elite tactical unit which acts as the SWAT team of the Border Patrol.

“This is like a SWAT team basically coming in,” said Philip Torrey of Harvard Law School. “These are folks with sniper certifications, they’re really designed for counter-terrorism, going after significant drug cartels.”

Torrey believes the plan creates a bigger risk to public safety. “It has a chilling effect in terms of people reporting crimes, folks being willing to go to the police,” he said.

DHS said the officers “have also been trained in routine immigration enforcement actions which is what they have been asked to do.”

Sanctuary cities in the area include Boston, Somerville, Cambridge, Newton and Lawrence.

Mayor Marty Walsh said Boston has proved that it’s possible to decrease crime while welcoming everyone. “Policies aimed at sowing division and fear are ultimately counterproductive and harmful not merely to the families and individuals who are targeted but to the broader community of which we are all a part,” Mayor Walsh said in a statement.

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone said they will not cooperate. “We’re talking about going after hardworking people who work alongside us, live alongside us, their kids go to school with ours, they love this country as much as you and I and more than this president,” Curtatone said.

The deployment will reportedly run from February until May. The department did not specify where in the Boston area the agents will be sent.

Comments (10)
  1. Wise beyond Years says:

    Whoo Hoo, Mayor Mawty wants to thumb his nose at law abiding citizens, then suffer the consequences. I hope the Feds take the money they save from these outlaw cities and apply to projects in law abiding towns like Hull. Help to obtain more resources for our police and fire departments to combat drugs and crime. Help improve and increase housing for our Senior Citizens and veterans. Build up, clean and protect our seacoast without MDC intervention and priority.

  2. Rockitnow says:

    We are a nation of laws. When did this become optional?

  3. Why won’t CBS-CH.4 Boston have news reports from people who seek to enforce OUR laws instead of the usual political demoRATic hacks who have created the problems by all those in office who have VIOLATED their oaths of office to uphold and support THE CONSTITUTION of the United States. Donal Trump is 100 % correct when he talks about the liberal media and a very obvious lack of news balanced reporting !!!

    Walter Cronkite, the most trusted news reporter on all networks, would be disgusted by the way the news is presented and skewered today with extraordinary liberal biases !!!

  4. CH. 4 seems to ALWAYS present very selective and very liberal news reporting !

  5. Cathy says:

    Why is WBZ only reporting comments against border control coming in to Boston? Plenty of us welcome the assistance.

    1. Wise beyond Years says:

      Because WBZ is a liberal media station. AND we have a Faux Republican Governor that has opted out to be neutered so he can be re-elected. Baker has routinely spoken out AGAINST our President, but remained silent when the president was denied due process, when corruption and collusion was discovered involving the DNC, FBI & DOJ. Crime statistics manipulated to appease the supporters of sanctuary cities.

  6. tricha says:

    Baker simply proves that there are Republicans with a conscience and a sense of moral right.

    1. jo says:

      Unfortunately, very few democrats have any moral or legal compass.

  7. Bob says:

    Mayor Marty Walsh said Boston has proved that it’s possible to decrease crime while welcoming everyone This is a joke.Wake up Marty,turn on the real news.Do something about the killings in Boston,all areas not just your precious Beacon Hill.Go visit the city’s cemeteries and see how fast they are filling up with our young citizens.

  8. jo says:

    We are talking about law enforcement of our federal government enforcing our federal laws. We are talking about removing people who entered OUR country ILLEGALLY. They need to leave and get in line to come back LEGALLY.

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