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DHS chief: SWAT-like teams wouldn't be needed if sanctuary cities would help ICE

DHS chief: SWAT-like teams wouldn't be needed if sanctuary cities would help ICE
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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfLiberal watchdog group files ethics complaint over Boebert's reimbursements Left-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides Sunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus MORE said on Tuesday that SWAT-like teams would not be needed to back up Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) efforts in so-called sanctuary cities if local officials there would help with immigration enforcement.

“What we found in these sanctuary jurisdictions is that local law enforcement does not work with the department,” Wolf told Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.”

“So what used to take one or two officers going into a jail setting and picking up an individual that's on a final order of removal, we now have to go into communities with many, many officers.”

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Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers will support ICE  as “additional resources” for “law enforcement and immigration duties" in sanctuary cities, according to the acting secretary.

He clarified that the CBP officers will work independently from police, so local officers may not know where department officers plan to enforce immigration law. 

“Again, in these sanctuary cities, they provide no resources to help us do our mission,” he said. “Should they decide to honor detainers and help ICE, we would not have to call in these additional resources.”

Sanctuary cities have declared themselves safe havens for undocumented immigrants, meaning they will not be turned over to federal authorities. 

President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE and administration officials condemned these cities, with Trump pledging in his State of the Union address to combat them. 

Updated at 10:52 a.m.