ICE Director Condemns Oakland Mayor's "Reckless" Warning About Impending Raids

ICE Director Condemns Oakland Mayor's “Reckless” Warning About Impending Raids

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation officers said 115 of those arrested had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as child sex crimes, weapons charges, and assault, or had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanors.

Schaaf, a Democrat who is running for re-election this year, warned residents on Twitter Saturday night that "credible sources" told her a sweep was imminent, calling it her "duty and moral obligation" to warn families.

Federal immigration authorities said California's new sanctuary law forced this week's sweep that netted 232 illegal immigrants in the Bay Area - and set off a massive controversy after Oakland's mayor gave a public warning that may have helped hundreds of other migrants elude arrest. "She gave them warning, and there were 800 that we were unable to locate because of that warning, so that community is a lot less safe than it would have been".

In a statement Thursday, ICE said that "efforts by local politicians have shielded removable criminal aliens from immigration enforcement and created another magnet for more illegal immigration, all at the expense of the safety and security of the very people it purports to protect". "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". "The people of the San Francisco Bay Area will continue to oppose these cowardly attacks, and we will remain open to the patriotic immigrants who are the constant reinvigoration of America". "ICE will also likely have to detain individuals arrested in California in detention facilities outside of the state, far from any family they may have in California". Some reports allege that 11 more were arrested this morning in the Bay Area.

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Organizers say the sweeps are retaliation for the state's sanctuary policies, while the Trump administration argues California's lax immigration laws have allowed risky criminals to run free for too long. She tendered a public warning to illegal immigrants that an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raid was forthcoming.

ICE, however, has criticized her actions.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who has been an outspoken opposer of President Donald Trump's immigration policies, announced she would be willing to go to jail to defend her sanctuary city. "And that's now under review by the Department of Justice, and I don't have anything else to add", press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in her afternoon briefing at the White House.

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