A federal immigration official says about 800 people living in Northern California were able to avoid arrest because of a warning by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, issued a public and controversial warning last weekend that the feds were closing in on suspected illegal aliens, could also be in hot water as the Department of Justice is reportedly looking into whether obstruction-of-justice charges against the mayor could be filed.
She first rose to public prominence when she dared President Trump to have her arrested for aiding and abetting the criminal behavior of illegal aliens.
Thomas Homan, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief, told “Fox and Friends” Wednesday that what Schaaf did was “no better than a gang lookout yelling ‘police’ when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood.”
Homan says the Justice Department is looking into whether Schaaf obstructed justice. He said Schaaf’s actions have made residents less safe, AP News reports.
The mayor warned residents Saturday night of large-scale raids by immigration agents in the San Francisco Bay Area.
ICE said on Tuesday that agents arrested more than 150 people in California after the mayor’s warning in a sweep that covered cities from Sacramento to Stockton in the Central Valley.
Schaaf, who had said her very public heads-up for families at risk was her “duty and moral obligation,” stands by her decision, even though she has since received death threats for doing so. She now faces a growing storm of criticism from the Trump administration and supporters of its efforts to crack down on illegal residents, many of whom live and work in the Bay Area.
Acting ICE director Thomas Homan lambasted Schaaf and her city in a statement that suggested the sweep targeted so-called “sanctuary cities” that limit cooperation between ICE and local law enforcement.
“Sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco and Oakland shield dangerous criminal aliens from federal law enforcement at the expense of public safety,” Homan said. “Because these jurisdictions prevent ICE from arresting criminal aliens in the secure confines of a jail, they also force ICE officers to make more arrests out in the community, which poses increased risks for law enforcement and the public.”
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February 28th, 2018