February 16, 2020

WBUR: Warren And Markey Demand CBP Withdraw Plan To Deploy Heavily Armed Officers

WASHINGTON - Massachusetts Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren are demanding that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) withdraw a plan to deploy agents -- including some that are specially trained in SWAT-like tactics -- to Boston and other American cities that have chosen not to cooperate with President Trump's immigration policies.

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official in Boston has confirmed that some of those officers are already working in Boston with local U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.

In a letter to the heads of CBP, DHS and ICE, Markey and Warren call the initiative "unnecessary, unwelcome, dangerous, menacing, retaliatory and unlikely to achieve its stated goal."

Specifically, Markey and Warren protest the use of heavily-armed Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) officers, which the New York Times reports will be deployed to certain cities as part of the operation.

Read the full story from WBUR here.

By:  Fausto Menard
Source: WBUR