Warren Enlists Help in Criticizing Trump's Effort to Enforce the Law
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren along with Sen. Ed Markey delivered a joint letter addressed to the chiefs of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Saturday in which they called out a decision to deploy CBP officers to sanctuary cities.
The senators additionally demanded answers about some of what the officers would be doing in the cities that do not cooperate with ICE in deporting illegal aliens:
“Because this initiative is unnecessary, unwelcome, dangerous, menacing, retaliatory and unlikely to achieve its stated goal, we write to demand that you reverse course and to pose questions to better understand your rationale for employing paramilitary-style immigration personnel equipped with ‘stun grenades and enhanced Special Forces-type training, including sniper certification’ in Boston and elsewhere in the United States,” the joint statement read.
“BORTAC personnel are not meant to focus on routine operations in some of the United States’ largest cities, and there is no need for them to be part of these operations,” the message read.
“Last July, an ’emergency’ supplemental appropriation was passed and signed into law (over our opposition), providing ICE with hundreds of millions of dollars of additional funding. It is unclear why ICE now needs to draw upon elite CBP resources in order to carry out its operations,” the senators continued.