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Feds may prosecute mayor who warned of ICE raid

02 March 2018

The mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf, said Tuesday that she was proud of warning the public about Immigration and Customs Enforcement's plans to conduct a raid on undocumented immigrants in the Bay Area.

"It is Oakland's legal right to be a sanctuary city and we have not broken any laws", she said.

About 200 people are protesting following the announcement that agents arrested more than 150 people living in Northern California illegally during immigration sweeps.

This morning acting ICE director Tom Homan, appearing on the FoxNews program Fox & Friends chastised Schaaf's warning Saturday night about imminent raids in her city and the greater Bay Area. The number of ICE detentions and deportations from California has dropped since the state passed the Trust Act in October 2013, which set limits on California state law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

"In the face of intimidation tactics used by ICE we make a call to community to respond with power, not panic", he said. President Donald Trump has held up the verdict as an outrageous example of how San Francisco's '"sanctuary city" laws fly in the face of public safety.

I guess it's not enough for Democrats to tell their local police officers they can't assist with the enforcement of federal law. In mid-February, two enforcement operations in Los Angeles and Texas resulted in the arrest of 357 illegal aliens. Although the raids prioritized people who pose a threat, officials said anyone violating immigration laws were subject to arrest.

"We must always question the claims ICE makes about its operations, which all too often have proven embarrassingly false", Arreguín said in his statement. Sharif Zakout, with the Arab Resource and Organizing Center, said many of those locked together are the children of immigrants and as such it was important to stand in solidarity with those in ICE custody.

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Her defiance followed a suggestion by Mr Homan that the Justice Department should criminally charge politicians who support sanctuary jurisdictions.

The Chronicle reported in January that federal officials were planning a big Northern California operation created to send a message that immigration policy will be enforced in the sanctuary state.

When Schaaf was asked about that criminal element Wednesday afternoon, the mayor replied, "They said almost half".

A Boston police spokesman said Wednesday that the department couldn't release information about the arrest records of the 68 people ICE wanted to pick up a year ago, citing privacy laws.

Sacramento is also a sanctuary city that has set aside money to fund legal and outreach services for immigrants.

"[At least] 864 criminal aliens and public safety threats remain at large in the community, and I have to believe that some of them were able to elude us thanks to the mayor's irresponsible decision", Homan lamented. Singh said Oakland, San Francisco and California have placed themselves on the "right side of history" in defending and protecting immigrant families.

Homan also stressed how Schaaf greatly endangered the lives of his ICE agents by tipping off illegal criminals so that they could prepare for the raids with weapons or possibly ambushes. USA intelligence officials said Russian agents penetrated voting systems in California and six other states in the 2016 election, NBC reports. But securing a conviction in the overwhelmingly liberal Bay Area would be more hard, he said.

Feds may prosecute mayor who warned of ICE raid