The rhetoric over sanctuary cities is heating up again.
President Donald Trump has ordered special-forces border agents to sanctuary cities and is threatening states that protect undocumented immigrants with financial sanctions.
On Feb. 14, The New York Times reported that Trump ordered 100 SWAT-style U.S. Customs and Border Patrol tactical units, known as BORTAC units, away from the U.S.-Mexico border to sanctuary cities including New York, Chicago and Detroit.
The units received special training, including sniper training and advanced weapon training.
BORTAC units are trained for criminal offenses and back up traditional ICE agents, but the redeployed units will be cracking down on mostly civil offenses.
Sanctuary cities are U.S. municipalities that prevent local law enforcement from aiding immigration officers in investigating and deporting immigrants.
The redeployment is part of Trump’s ongoing efforts to crack down on undocumented immigration, as was an attempt to withhold federal aid from sanctuary cities.