Oakland mayor doesn't 'regret' tipping off immigrants ahead of ICE raids

Oakland mayor doesn't 'regret' tipping off immigrants ahead of ICE raids

In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for the Justice Department said it "does not confirm or deny the existence or nonexistence of investigations".

Despite the warning from Oakland's Mayor, ICE was able to successfully arrest at least 150 illegal aliens in Northern California.

It apparently matters not a whit to Ms. Schaaf that she may have broken the law. Homan also suggested that the mayor could be to blame for "public safety threats" who "remain at large" after the crackdown.

Illegal immigrants residing in the Bay Area were given a heads-up about ICE's raids when Democratic Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tweeted on Saturday that "multiple credible sources" told her the federal agency was planning to conduct an operation in the area as soon as Sunday. Additionally, a person from Mexico who also was previously deported and convicted of battery on a spouse and burglary was arrested.

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"The federal government has declared a war on California because of our state's sanctuary law and other policies that directly contradict those of the Trump Administration, from offshore drilling to criminalizing adult cannabis use", Arreguín said in an email.

"The Oakland mayor's decision to publicize her suspicions about ICE operations further increased that risk for my officers and alerted criminal aliens - making clear that this reckless decision was based on her political agenda with the very federal laws that ICE is sworn to uphold", said ICE's acting director.

Another 115 "had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses", the statement added.

Defenders of sanctuary city practices say they improve public safety by promoting trust among law enforcement and immigrant communities and reserving scarce police resources for other, more urgent crime-fighting needs.

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The warning "was meant to give all residents time to learn their rights and know their legal options", she said in a statement Tuesday night reported in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Immigration activists blasted ICE this week, claiming many of those arrested in the sweep were law-abiding community members unfairly targeted by the federal agency. "It is Oakland's legal right to be a sanctuary city". "We believe our community is safer when families stay together", she stated.

SB 54 went into effect on January 1 and, apparently, Homan's prediction about how it would impact ICE's enforcement activities has now come to pass. "California better hold on tight", Homan warned in early January. Among the arrests, ICE agents highlighted a citizen of El Salvador who was in Fresno County and had previous convictions including assault with force.

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