The Department of Justice (DOJ) is considering whether the Mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf, obstructed justice by warning Northern California residents of a coming raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Thomas Homan, the acting director of ICE, told “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning that the DOJ is “reviewing” whether Schaaf broke the laws by informing her constituents that ICE would be raiding their territory in order to arrest those violating federal immigration laws.
Mayor Schaaf, who is a Democrat, posted the warning on Twitter Saturday saying that “multiple credible sources” informed her the immigration agency was “preparing to conduct an operation in the Bay Area, including Oakland, starting as soon as Sunday.”
ICE arrested more than 150 people who were “in violation of federal U.S. immigration laws” in the San Francisco Bay Area even after Schaaf’s warning, the agency said Tuesday.
Thomas Homan said that 864 illegal immigrants and public safety threats “remain at large in the community” and blamed Schaaf’s warning for their ability to keep from being arrested.
“What she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling ‘police’ when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood, except she did it to a whole community,” Homan said on “Fox & Friends.” “There’s over 800 significant public safety threat criminals … that we are unable to locate because of that warning, so that community’s a lot less safe than it would’ve been.”
The mayor doubled down on her warning by following up with a Tuesday tweet that stated, “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.”
The immigration sweep by ICE was the second in California since a statewide sanctuary law became effective last month. ICE agents arrested more than 200 people earlier in the month in the Los Angeles area.
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