Donald Trump fantasizes hordes of criminal aliens being allowed to roam free in sanctuary cities to rape and pillage, or at least he thinks his base does, and therefore will be happy when Der Fuhrer Trump deploys elite tactical agents who normally bust smuggling operations at the border to sanctuary cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Boston and others to escalate his brand of immigration enforcement.
Bear in mind, Trump campaigned on a promise to crack down on sanctuary cities and shortly after he took office the Justice Department started sanctioning sanctuary cities by withholding federal funds. And just last week the Justice Department filed suit against state and local governments in California, New Jersey and Washington over their sanctuary policies. So the fascist show of force with the SWAT team is right on cue. And remember, he foreshadowed this in his State of the Union speech, saying sanctuary cities “release dangerous criminal aliens to prey upon the public.” Der Fuhrer Trump is protecting you from The Other. New York Times:
Among the agents being deployed to sanctuary cities are members of the elite tactical unit known as BORTAC, which acts essentially as the SWAT team of the Border Patrol. With additional gear such as stun grenades and enhanced Special Forces-type training, including sniper certification, the officers typically conduct high-risk operations targeting individuals who are known to be violent, many of them with extensive criminal records.
Donald Trump is sending snipers to Chicago. Well, I suppose we should be grateful he’s not sending guys wearing pinstripes with machine guns, that’s actually more his style. And he’s doing it to harass people that are already nervous wrecks, make no mistake. This is about a talking point and a photo op, at the end of the day.
In sanctuary cities, the BORTAC agents will be asked to support interior officers in run-of-the-mill immigration arrests, the officials said. Their presence could spark new fear in immigrant communities that have been on high alert under the stepped-up deportation and detention policies adopted after Mr. Trump took office. […]
But Gil Kerlikowske, the former commissioner of C.B.P., which oversees tactical units along the border, said sending the officers to conduct immigration enforcement within cities, where they are not trained to work, could escalate situations that are already volatile. He called the move a “significant mistake.”
“If you were a police chief and you were going to make an apprehension for a relatively minor offense, you don’t send the SWAT team. And BORTAC is the SWAT team,” said Mr. Kerlikowske, who is the former chief of police in Seattle. “They’re trained for much more hazardous missions than this.”
The Border Patrol squads will be charged with backing up ICE agents during deportation operations and standing by as a show of force, the officials said.
Show of force is it. This is using BORTAC as performance theater, no different from when Trump deployed troops to the border in 2018, so he could have a photo op ahead of the midterm election. This is how it’s going to go from now until November. Maybe TV Guide could start keeping a running commentary on Trump’s theatrical displays, because to him it’s all entertainment and spectacle. The cost in human misery is for others to pay.