She’s a city mayor, but she has no trouble standing up to the Attorney General of the United States. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (D) struck back at AG Jeff Sessions after he criticized her for warning residents about impending immigration raids.
In remarks Sessions made on Wednesday while announcing a federal lawsuit against the state of California’s “sanctuary city” policies, Sessions asked: “How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical open borders agenda.”
Schaaf shot back while speaking at Oakland City Hall: “How dare you vilify members of our community by trying to frighten the American public into thinking all undocumented residents are dangerous criminals.”
“How dare you distort the reality about declining violent crime in a diverse sanctuary city like Oakland, California, to advance your racist agenda.”
“It was not my intention to get caught up in a national debate, but I do believe that I am speaking for the residents of my city,” she added. “The agenda of this administration is petty political vindictiveness.”
The mayor also indicated that if the Justice Department decides to press criminal charges against her, a former U.S. attorney appointed by former President Obama has offered to represent her pro bono.
Schaaf has taken national heat for warning Oakland residents of an upcoming raid by ICE in the Bay Area. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief Thomas Homan said her actions prevented the agency from locating 800 immigrants who were deemed threats to public safety.
The mayor has doubled down on her defense saying that she intended “not to panic our residents but to protect them.”
“I did not intend to put the safety of law enforcement officers at risk,” she said. “I was very careful in not sharing any specific information about these ICE raids that might have endangered law enforcement.”
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Credit: The Hill