Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says the Democratic mayor of Oakland, California may have helped illegal immigrants convicted of crimes to evade law enforcement when she gave a tip of an impending raid by law enforcement to them. ICE says such move of the mayor only succeeded in further endangering the communities she should be serving.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say Oakland, CA mayor put lives at risk: <a href="https://t.co/3w0M6GjeKE">https://t.co/3w0M6GjeKE</a></p>— The White House (@WhiteHouse) <a href="https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/968856829777383425?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 28, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
ICE is referring to the Twitter message Mayor Libby Schaaf sent out after receiving word of an impending ICE raid in the Bay Area. She tweeted: “I know that Oakland is a city of law-abiding immigrants and families who deserve to live free from the constant threat of arrest and deportation.” She even ended her message with: “I believe it is my duty and moral obligation as mayor to give those families fair warning when that threat appears imminent.”
Since the Twitter message Schaaf sent out is public, every potential target of the raid had access to the information. ICE said such announcement hurt their plans. The operation was intended to capture “public safety threats.” ICE believes that by announcing the raid prior to the operation, Schaaf may have helped public safety threats to remain in her community or escape to other communities.
Acting ICE Director Tom Homan offers the best visual comparison to what Schaaf did when he had a guesting on Fox News. Homan said: “What she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling ‘police’ when a police cruiser comes to the neighborhood, except she did it to an entire community. This is beyond the pale.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">WATCH: Acting ICE Director Tom Homan discusses California enforcement activities on <a href="https://twitter.com/foxandfriends?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@foxandfriends</a> on <a href="https://twitter.com/FoxNews?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@FoxNews</a><a href="https://t.co/Ihum7aZzXM">https://t.co/Ihum7aZzXM</a></p>— ICE (@ICEgov) <a href="https://twitter.com/ICEgov/status/968911943158456320?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 28, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Last week, Schaaf took to Twitter to say she does not regret her previous tweet warning of an imminent ICE operations. She even included her original tweet in her message.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I do not regret sharing this information. It is Oakland’s legal right to be a sanctuary city and we have not broken any laws. We believe our community is safer when families stay together. <a href="https://t.co/ng13yq431L">pic.twitter.com/ng13yq431L</a></p>— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) <a href="https://twitter.com/LibbySchaaf/status/968692503082811392?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 28, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Among those targeted in the operation but managed to evade the agents are a Mexican citizen who had convictions for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI), and had been deported in 2013; another Mexican citizen who had a conviction for sodomizing a drugged victim in 2012, as well as a DUI from this year and had also been previously deported in 2013; and another illegal immigrant from Mexico, previously deported in 2014 for a conviction for armed robbery, also evaded capture.
As mayor of one of the largest California cities, Schaaf is familiar with ICE operations. Homan said her warning of the raid also put at greater risk the lives of law enforcement officials tasked with carrying out the operation.
Attorney General Jeff Session also had a piercing message to the mayor. He said: “So here’s my message to Mayor Schaaf: How are you?How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of law enforcement just to promote a radical open borders agenda?”