LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — City leaders are blasting the Trump administration’s plans to deploy federal S.W.A.T. teams in sanctuary cities, including Los Angeles, as part of President Trump’s promise to crack down on criminals in the country illegally.

The Trump administration is threatening new sweeps that could begin as early as this weekend.

On Friday night, the White House planned to send 100 officers from the border to sanctuary cities across the country, including Los Angeles.

City leaders say they were blindsided.

In a radio interview with KNX Newsradio, Mayor Eric Garcetti called the proposed deployment ludicrous and potentially dangerous.

“We had no heads up,” Garcetti said.

“If you have people wearing tactical gear and things like that, without coordinating that with local law enforcement, that could be very dangerous,” he added.

The mayor also posted a tweet reminding undocumented people in Los Angeles of their rights.

“No matter their immigration status, I want every Angeleno to know their rights and how to exercise them,” Garcetti said in the video posted to social media.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva issued a statement, reading in part: “I strongly oppose the irresponsible deployment of S.W.A.T. agents in Los Angeles County. We are not any safer if an entire segment of our population is afraid to report crimes to local law enforcement.”

While some are calling the president’s deployment of border agents a political stunt, others are saying it’s about time.

“You have these local jurisdictions, including the state of California, that are preventing the federal government from bringing criminal aliens from the United States,” said Ira Mehlman, with the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

Immigration attorney Alex Galvez says the deployment of S.W.A.T. officers is more about politics than public safety.

“You’re sending 100 CBP [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] officers into these sanctuary cities. It’s not going to have any real impact when it comes to lowering the criminal rate,” Galvez said.

Few details are being released regarding the deployment. CBS2/KCAL9 is told 100 officers will be deployed between February and May in nine areas, including Los Angeles and San Francisco.

There was no word on how many tactical officers will be involved in the operation at the time of this report.

Comments (4)
  1. Bill says:

    The Enumeration of Powers in the Constitution says that the Federal Government has sole jurisdiction of immigration laws.

  2. vitongiotta says:

    The socialist tyrannical California government have move us into a third world country in the big cities and have caused economic harm. The state houses the most illegal aliens in the nation due to the lawmakers who favor illegals over its own citizens. Gavin Newsom gets on his knees for Red China but cries and files lawsuits against the Feds because he along with the numbnut losers on the left hate POTUS Trump. With four and a half + years to go with Trump its going to be a lot worse on the streets of L.A. and S.F. with the exploded brains of the left mixed in with the poop, needles and trash. Come in ICE and clean out the criminal illegals.

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