ICE v. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf battle heats up

ICE v. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf battle heats up

Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, compared the mayor's warning on Saturday night - hours before ICE agents began knocking on doors and making arrests - to a "gang lookout yelling "police" in an appearance on Fox News.

She then used the Democratic propaganda of championing so-called "sanctuary cities" - which are led by mayors who illegal refuse to cooperate with ICE agents to arrest and deport illegal aliens - and stuck to her party's talking points. The agency said about half of them have criminal convictions, including assault, crimes against children, weapons charges and DUI.

But Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf says that's not true and warned residents that the raids were going to happen.

Schaaf said in a February 27 statement that her earlier warning "was meant to give all residents time to learn their rights and know their legal options". "I'll say this to the mayor and every other politician that wants to vilify the men and women of ICE: We're not going away, we're going to keep enforcing the law", he said.

Interim Mayor Mark Farrell attended the protest and affirmed San Francisco's status as a sanctuary city, ABC7 reported.

"I did not give specific information that could have endangered law enforcement".

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ICE officials arrested 212 people and delivered 122 audit notices to businesses in the Los Angeles area earlier this month, and the agency has said it hopes to increase work-site enforcement by 400 percent.

But a spokesperson for ICE said the agency is focusing on "individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety, and border security", and that it does not arbitrarily detain or harass immigrants.

She said the couple's daughter watched as agents put him in the back of their vehicle.

"I was very glad to see that BPD denied all 68 ICE detainer requests this year", said City Councilor Josh Zakim, who authored the measure in 2014.

"She's on the threshold of obstruction of justice for doing what she did", Brass said.

President Donald Trump's administration has stepped up enforcement of immigration laws in California as an effort to pressure sanctuary cities.

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"It's something frustrating to hear", said Edwin Valdez, a Sacramento immigrant activist who runs a hotline documenting ICE actions. We will do everything we can to protect community members from federal abuses of power.

Armando Nunez-Salgado, 39, was among the 150 people ICE said it arrested Sunday, nabbing him in his Napa County, California, backyard as he gardened.

Asked about Homan likening her to a gang lookout, she said the 'Trump administration is trying to distract the American people, convince them that these immigrants are unsafe people. While the feds were able to nab around 150 people - many of whom had been identified as public safety threats - more than 800 remaining public safety threats remain at large thanks to Mayor Schaaf.

He has warned that ICE officers will inevitably come across other undocumented immigrants in the course of targeted actions and make what are known as collateral arrests. Giordano, for his part, said there was no indication Gonzalez had anything to do with the wildfires, which killed more than 40 people and have since been linked to damaged electrical equipment.

"We also knew in Mexico that the same political party always wins, but in 1994 the presidential candidate was assassinated at a public event", she said.

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