Justice Department Reviewing ICE Raid Warning By Oakland Mayor, White House Says

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf battle heats upImmigrant advocacy group, SIREN, is working to ensure families are prepared should a parent, or both parents, be arrested.

Vindication for Mayor Schaaf? On Wednesday, Schaff said she does not regret warning Bay Area residents about the raids, adding that "Oakland is a city of law-abiding immigrants and families who deserve to live free from the constant threat of arrest and deportation". One was that it might not happen, which would have been a hit on her credibility.

About 200 people are protesting outside the San Francisco offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement following its announcement of more than 150 arrests of people living in California illegally.

Another risk was that the people she attempted to protect might not be deserving of protection.

ICE responded to Schaaf's warning with a brief statement. Fox News notes that ICE officials are asking the Department of Justice to look into whether she broke any laws by doing so.

The agency's acting director, Thomas Homan, said Wednesday that Mayor Libby Schaaf's warning that an operation was imminent caused about 800 people to avoid arrest, an extraordinarily high number of missed targets. Some reports allege that 11 more were arrested this morning in the Bay Area. In fact, she implied in a press conference that her action was as virtuous as it was noble.

Oakland, like many other California municipalities, considers itself a 'Sanctuary City, ' often shielding illegal immigrants and undocumented workers from federal authorities and border patrol agents. Now, "you have essentially an nearly guerrilla movement by local authorities to try and undo federal law enforcement efforts". "We believe our community is safer when families stay together". They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime.

But in his statement Tuesday, Homan of ICE said, "Sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco and Oakland shield unsafe criminal aliens from federal law enforcement at the expense of public safety".

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.

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.

  • Jon Douglas