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ICE requests redeployment of 500 HSI agents to increase arrests and surveillance in sanctuary cities

  1. Original Date Announced

    March 6, 2020

    ICE has reportedly requested over 500 Homeland Security Investigators (HSI) special agents to send to sanctuary cities across the U.S. to conduct surveillance and increase arrests of undocumented immigrants in Boston, New York, Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New Orleans and Newark.

    These HSI special agents normally conduct long-term investigations but are targeted at sanctuary cities, according to an internal email.

    The request follows an earlier decision, made public last month, to deploy elite tactical BORTAC agents — immigration SWAT teams that are normally assigned to risky border smuggling, rescue and intelligence operations — to help arrest and deport immigrants in sanctuary cities. [ID #453]

    NY Times: ‘Flood the Streets’: ICE Targets Sanctuary Cities With Increased Surveillance

Current Status

Not in effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Reported
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: ICE CBP EOIR DHS


  • 2024.04.15 Commentary HSI Rebrand Distance From ICE

    The Washington Posts reports that HSI is rebranding to distance itself from its parent agency, ICE. While remaining a branch of ICE, it will now have its own website and separate, non-ICE email addresses. The report says the move is in response to HSI agents' complaints that ICE’s politicized status hinders HSI’s ability to investigate crimes like drug smuggling and human trafficking. The rebranding could be reversed by a different administration, since it is a policy directive, rather than a formal reorganization as an independent agency within DHS, which would take an act of Congress.

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