Oakland Mayor Defiant After Tip-Off let 800 Illegals Avoid Arrest

ICE Dir. Thomas Homan

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 232 people in Northern California during a four-day operation that ended Wednesday.

At the beginning of the year, state Senate Bill 54, otherwise known as the California Values Act, took effect limiting immigration enforcement, in part by barring local authorities from asking about immigration status during routine interactions.

The federal agency's acting director, Thomas Homan, said Wednesday that Schaaf's warning caused about 800 "criminals" to elude capture, an extraordinarily high number of missed targets.

"I think it's outrageous that a mayor would circumvent federal authorities and certainly put them in danger by making a move such as that", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

Ms. Schaaf, whose office didn't respond to a request for comment from The Washington Times, has publicly defended her warning, saying she has no regrets.

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Mayor Libby Schaaf tweeted on Saturday that an immigration operation was imminent in the San Francisco area, including Oakland, possibly within 24 hours. She has said she learned of the roundup through "multiple credible sources" rather than official government channels. Fox News notes that ICE officials are asking the Department of Justice to look into whether she broke any laws by doing so.

Last month, ICE arrested more than 200 people last month in the Los Angeles area.

"The arrestees who are not being federally prosecuted will be processed administratively for removal from the United States", the agency said. Jerry Brown, also a Democrat, down to local mayors have resisted a Trump administration immigration crackdown that they contend is arbitrarily hauling in otherwise law-abiding people and splitting up families that include US -born children. "It is Oakland's legal right to be a sanctuary city".

A person from El Salvador previously deported and convicted of assault was arrested by ICE. "My priority is for the well-being and safety of all residents - particularly our most vulnerable - and I know that Oakland is safer when we share information, encourage community awareness and care for our neighbors".

Among those at large are Oakland residents with multiple prior removals, said James Schwab, a spokesman for ICE in San Francisco, a field office that spans 49 counties from Bakersfield to the OR border.

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