We live in perilous times. The statement cannot be disputed. Internationally and nationally. My concern today is what may occur on the streets of our major cities.
Trump has not made the immigration problem better. His actions have resulted in untold human abuse and billions of wasted dollars.
People in general have a better grasp on right and wrong these days than our elected leaders.
Sanctuary cities have become common place in many areas. Places where the people have drawn a line and said by their actions…..no more, not here.
Trump dislikes sanctuary cities. Such have limited his ability to remove immigrants from their homes and throw them out of the U.S.
I have written often of the potential dangers ICE presents. They are a group responsible for arresting illegal immigrants and exporting them. I fear they are the Gestapo of yesteryear. Under Trump, ICE has increased in power. Federal dollars have been forthcoming to increase their strength.
ICE has not been successful in capturing illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities. To the frustration of all concerned at the federal level. The Trump administration has come up with what it believes is the solution.
More guns on the ground!
The New York Times in a special article yesterday warned of a secret operation underway. If correct, it scares the hell out of me! And should you, also!
What follows is what the Times reported.
The U.S. Border Patrol has what is described as an agent. The U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Unit. Known as BORTAC.
The Trump administration plans to deploy BORTAC from the southern border to assist ICE. Its function will be to assist ICE as part of a supercharged arrest operation in sanctuary cities across the country.
An escalation in the President’s battle against localities that refuse to participate in immigration enforcement.
Major cities including New York and Chicago are involved. Trump’s people believe the BORTAC deployment will boost ICE enforcement.
One hundred BORTAC officers will be the first to be deployed. A spokesman for Custom Border and Protection said their assistance to ICE in conducting arrests in the interior of cities will “enhance the integrity of the immigration system, protect public safety, and strengthen our national security.”
The deployment will take place between February and May.
BORTAC is an elite tactical unit. Acts essentially as the SWAT team of the Border Patrol. Its equipment includes stun grenades and military vehicles. Their attire war like. They receive Special Forces type training, including sniper certification.
The high type specially trained force will be asked to support ICE in its run of the mill immigration arrests.
Note that local police do not send a SWAT team to make an arrest for a relatively minor offense. Yet the federal government will when BORTAC is sent in to assist ICE.
It is intended that BORTAC will merely beef up ICE agents. Act as a show of force. Nothing more. Such does not mean things will not get out of hand and suddenly BORTAC is busting down doors or engaging in shootouts. It only takes a spark to cause a major forest fire.
What happens if things get out of hand even in the slightest? Warfare in the streets between people and ICE and BORTAC? Or, State and local police authorities standing against ICE and BORTAC?
I cannot believe for example that New York’s Governor Cuomo and New York City’s Mayor de Blasio will sit idly by when BORTAC arrives on their streets. Suddenly, State and City military and police authorities will be in a confrontation with the federal government.
Note that what I am talking about is militarization of our streets. BORTAC will come in like the military force they actually are. People will become upset. Inflamed a better word. The seed of open conflict.
Visualize what I am suggesting. ICE/BORTAC coming into a neighborhood could at some point be similar to Nazi troops and vehicles coming into what previously was a peaceful city.
This is the United States. Such should never occur here.
We are losing our democracy. We are losing our way.
Enjoy your day!