ICE feud with Oakland mayor over immigration raids gets personal

ICE feud with Oakland mayor over immigration raids gets personal

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf responded Wednesday after she was criticized by the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for issue a warning about impending immigration raids last weekend.

Thomas Homan, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's acting director, told Fox News that the mayor's warning on Twitter was "beyond the pale" and compared her to a gang lookout who tells people when a police vehicle is arriving. "California and the city of Oakland have declared itself "sanctuaries" for illegal aliens and refused to cooperate with federal immigration authorities".

In Sacramento, ICE said it had detained a Mexican national who had criminal convictions for domestic violence, possession of a firearm, burglary, battery on a police officer and other charges.

"I am sharing this information publicly not to panic our residents but to protect them", she had said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, "The administration continues to brazenly target the cities that refuse to bow to its blatantly bigoted anti-immigrant and mass deportation agenda".

The mayor has local defenders like UC Hastings College of the Law immigration professor Richard Boswell, who says "She's trying to keep some level of peace within the community". Agents have arrested more than 200 people earlier in February in the Los Angeles area. Officers were able to effectively arrest 150 immigrants who remained undocumented according to CBS San Francisco. "Whats going to happen is that ice agents are going to stop communication with local police. communication is so vital. for the safety of everybody", said Tony Brass, former prosecutor.

"She's on the threshold of obstruction of justice for doing what she did", Brass said.

ICE has sent repeated hard-line messages since President Donald Trump took office a year ago, declaring that undocumented immigrants should "look over [their] shoulder" and that politicians in sanctuary states should be prosecuted.

"There's over 800 significant public-safety threat criminals".

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"We have to fight against the racist myth that the Trump administration is trying to perpetuate, that immigrants are risky criminals".

Hundreds of activists outraged over the arrest of more than 150 immigrants in Northern California surrounded the San Francisco offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, blocking vehicular access to the building this afternoon. "But to give criminals a head's up we're coming next 24 hours, increases the risk", Homan said.

He then sent a clear message to the sanctuary city mayor who has vowed her commitment to illegals and defiance to federal law enforcement.

"It used to be that ICE used to raid people at their homes or at jobs", Suarez said.

Last Saturday Schaaf released a statement warning of large-scale raids by immigration agents in the San Francisco Bay Area.

FILE - In this May 13, 2016 file photo, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, speaks at a news conference in Oakland, Calif.

In response, Villalpando and Mijente filed Freedom of Information Act requests pressing ICE to reveal details about enforcement actions resulting from public statements and political activity, including "anti-ICE protests".

"His criminal convictions include assault with a deadly weapon (statutorily enhanced because of his gang member status), burglary, hit-and-run causing injury and evading a peace officer", ICE said in the statement.

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