white timberland ICE chief slams mayor for immigration raid warning
SAN FRANCISCO A top immigration official said Wednesday that about 800 people living illegally in Northern California were able to avoid arrest because of a weekend warning that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf put on Twitter.
she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling when a police cruiser comes in the neighbourhood, except she did it to a whole community, Thomas Homan, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting chief, told and Friends.
Homan said the Justice Department is looking into whether Schaaf obstructed justice and said her actions allowed immigrants who have committed crimes to remain in Oakland, making the community less safe.
just can believe it happened, he said.
Federal immigration agents arrested more than 150 people in California in the days after Schaaf warning of the raids, the agency announced Tuesday.
In this May 13, 2016 file photo, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, speaks at a news conference in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, FIle)
Agents made the arrests in a three day sweep starting Sunday that covered cities from Sacramento in the north to Stockton in California Central Valley agricultural heartland. About half of those arrested for being in the country illegally had criminal convictions, the agency said.
In a statement Tuesday, Homan suggested the sweep targeted so called cities that limit co operation between ICE and local law enforcement.
jurisdictions like San Francisco and Oakland shield dangerous criminal aliens from federal law enforcement at the expense of public safety, Homan said. 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. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan takes a question from a reporter at a Department of Homeland Security news conference in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
Defenders of sanctuary city practices say they improve public safety by promoting trust among law enforcement and immigrant communities and reserving scarce police resources for other, more urgent crime fighting needs.
ICE said those arrested included several people with convictions for crimes such as assault with a deadly weapon, including a man who had been previously deported to Mexico eight times.
Schaaf said in a statement Tuesday night that her earlier warning meant to give all residents time to learn their rights and know their legal options. is Oakland legal right to be a sanctuary city and we have not broken any laws. We believe our community is safer when families stay together. immigration sweep was the second in California since a statewide sanctuary law took effect last month. Agents have arrested more than 200 people earlier this month in the Los Angeles area.