ICE v. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf battle heats up

02 March, 2018, 05:19 | Author: Barbara Daniel
  • Immigration official: 800 avoided arrest due to Oakland mayor's warning

Now it's time for MA to enact the Safe Communities Act so that these protections will extend statewide. "Parents will now be torn from their children, and spouses ripped away from their loved ones".

"Immigrant communities are an integral part of our culture and our society, and they make up the heart and soul of our city", she added. "This is a whole new low to intentionally warn criminals".

A Boston police spokesman said Wednesday that the department couldn't release information about the arrest records of the 68 people ICE wanted to pick up a year ago, citing privacy laws.

A top immigration official said Wednesday that about 800 people living illegally in Northern California were able to avoid arrest during a sweep, thanks to a weekend warning that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf put on Twitter.

Speaking Wednesday morning on Fox News, Homan said Schaaf's warning was "no better than a gang lookout yelling 'Police!' when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood, except she did it to an entire community".

Schwab said ICE focuses its efforts on those "who pose a threat to national security, public safety, and border security" and "does not conduct sweeps or raids that target aliens indiscriminately". Booking logs at the county jail show at least 12 people booked by ICE on Sunday in Sacramento County jail.

ICE said Tuesday that roughly half of those arrested since Sunday in Northern California had criminal convictions, including for violent offenses including assault with a deadly weapon.

Sanctuary policies differ from city to city but generally have provisions for cooperation with federal law enforcement in cases involving serious crimes.

Mayor Schaaf, this I say to you.

ICE has sent repeated hard-line messages since President Donald Trump took office past year, declaring that undocumented immigrants should "look over [their] shoulder" and that politicians in sanctuary states should be prosecuted.

She says many families have mixed status with US -citizen children but parents or grandparents who are undocumented. "This is beyond the pale". Homan said the Justice Department is looking into whether Schaaf obstructed justice. "I just can't believe it happened".

Agent Genalo also addressed ICE's controversial practice of arresting undocumented immigrants in and around a courthouse.

That's what Mayor Schaaf interfered with, even as she claims she is "doing her job as mayor of Oakland" and accuses the Trump Administration of being racist merely for wanting to enforce existing law.

"We are going to continue fighting, whether it's today, whether it's tomorrow", Zakout said.

"My priority is for the well-being and safety of all residents, particularly our most vulnerable".

The progressive leader of Oakland impressed her confidence that she believes she did the right thing, as she took to social media to celebrate her defiance.

"I made a choice to share it broadly in a manner that I hope did not cause panic or fear", she said. "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. "In my opinion, I have a city to run, and so we need to have good trust amongst our law enforcement and our communities because that is a special relationship, that is a strong relationship and a fragile relationship", said City Councilman Jesus Andrade.


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