SAN JUAN, Texas – The Department of Homeland Security announcing the deployment of 100 tactical Border Patrol officers to assist Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents in 10 so-called sanctuary cities; including Houston.
Members with La Union Del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) say they are disappointed with deployment. Adding it’s unnecessary and shameful because migrants already face so many challenges.
Juanita Valdez-Cox, executive director, LUPE, “This is just creating more fear. This is creating much more hurt in the community, an immigrant community, that is hard working. An immigrant community that are here to provide for their families.”
Officials say agents who will be deployed through May will enhance integrity of the immigration system. Protect public safety and strengthen our national security.
Valdez-Cox says they expect this sort of action from the Trump Administration, adding it continues to try and hurt the migrant community providing instability. LUPE is calling on congress to do something.
“To stop the funding for this task force. To stop the funding for ICE and to put those funds to where the community really needs them.” said Cox.
ICE officials said in a statement that immigration officers are forced to make at large arrests where jurisdictions don’t allow them to assume custody of immigrants from a jail. They also say when sanctuary cities release these criminals back to the streets, it increases the occurrences of preventable crimes and more importantly, preventable victims.
“He’s going after immigrants, categorizing them as all criminals which has been has how he has named them from the very beginning.” added Cox.
DHS officials also say deployed agents have gone through specialized training and will come from different sectors across the U.S.