Things are not looking good for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. She blew the whistle on a federal immigration raid last month, and now three illegal immigrants who were able to avoid capture because of the mayor have been re-arrested for new crimes including robbery and spousal abuse, according to ICE officials.
Mayor Schaaf tweeted out a warning ahead of the raid in northern California that angered Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and the Trump administration.
“How dare you!” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in California this month, addressing Schaaf. “How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical, open borders agenda.”
ICE officials ended up catching 232 illegal immigrants, many who are criminals, in the four day sweep even though the mayor gave her warning tweet. But they said that hundreds more escaped.
And on Tuesday, officials said that at least three of those who were targeted in the raid but were not found, had now been arrested for additional crimes.
One was a Mexican national who was arrested for robbery and gun crimes. He was released back into the community previously after an offense despite an ICE detainer request given in November.
Another Mexican national was arrested for DUI, he had previously been deported three times and had prior convictions for false imprisonment, DUI, and battery of a spouse.
And the third was a Mexican national who was arrested for corporal injury of a spouse, despite being deported twice and criminal convictions including drug possession, hit-and-run, DUIs, possessions of narcotics equipment and a parole violation.
Tom Homan, the acting Director of ICE, mentioned the three cases at a roundtable on sanctuary cities at the White House on Tuesday. He expressed frustration at the messages coming from politicians in sanctuary states.
“We are told on one hand to focus efforts on criminals, but those same folks who want to focus on criminals don’t let us into the county jails,” he said. “It just defies logic.”
Homan has blamed Mayor Schaaf for the escape of up to 800 illegal immigrants, but it is not clear just how many were not captured because of her warning. Schaaf has defended her actions saying that the community is safer because of sanctuary city policies.
“I do not regret sharing this information,” she said last month. “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.”
An Oakland community organizer told Fox News that the mayor has the support of the community.
“People are really supportive of her because she took a stand,” Emma Paulino said. “She is serving the people who elected her.”
The Justice Department, which is suing California over its sanctuary city policies, has said it is reviewing Schaaf’s actions but has yet to make an announcement.
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