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Trump administration preparing to send federal agents to Chicago

The Trump administration is preparing to send federal agents to Chicago this week, two law enforcement officials tell CNN, as President Donald Trump and top officials are promising to crack down on what they say are violence and the increase in crime in major cities. One senior law enforcement official told CNN that there are plans to send federal agents to Chicago through the end of the summer. The agents will focus on illegal gun sales and gun violence and outstanding warrants, among other targets, according to one of the sources. Both sources said an announcement could be made in the coming days. The effort appears to be separate from the federal presence in Portland, Oregon, which was part of the President’s demand that federal buildings be protected from protesters. Chicago’s mayor warned about such plans in the wake of criticisms of how federal agents are facing off with protesters in Portland. “I have great concerns about that particularly given the track record in the city of Portland. I spent a lot of time yesterday talking with the mayor or Portland to get a sense of what has happened there. We don’t need federal agents without any insignia taking people off the streets and holding them, I think, unlawfully. That’s not what we need,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. Lightfoot said that instead the federal government could help stem the violence by cracking down on illegal guns.