ICE Official: 800 Illegal Aliens Avoided Arrest Due to Oakland Mayor's Warning

Immigration official: 800 avoided arrest due to Oakland mayor's warning

"What she did is not better than a gang lookout yelling, 'police, ' when a police cruiser comes into a neighborhood of criminals except she did it to an entire community", Homan said.

The mayor's unusual public warning last weekend came hours before the agency launched an operation in Northern California that resulted in more than 150 arrests as of Tuesday, according to the agency. The agency said about half of them have criminal convictions, including assault, crimes against children, weapons charges and DUI. "But many people agree, that a community that is one-third immigrants like Oakland, is safer when our immigrant community feel like they can come forward and report a crime", the mayor said.

Homan, in a statement, said sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco and Oakland "shield unsafe criminal aliens from federal law enforcement at the expense of public safety". "We believe our community is safer when families stay together", said Schaaf. President Donald Trump has held up the verdict as an outrageous example of how San Francisco's '"sanctuary city" laws fly in the face of public safety.

Schaaf says she broke no laws and gave no specific information about the targets or locations of planned raids. "In such instances, ICE officers and agents make every effort to take the person into custody in a secure area, out of public view, but this is not always possible".

A coalition of immigration advocates says that they will keep a close eye on Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents after the agency began targeting undocumented immigrants at courthouses.

"However, ICE no longer exempts classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement", he said.

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A Fox News reporter who was given a ride-along with ICE officers during a raid confirmed Wednesday that ICE officials were asking the Justice Department to investigate whether Schaaf had broken any laws.

On Wednesday morning, Homan likened Schaaf's Saturday heads-up tweet to illegals to acting as a spy for a gang - the Twitter post that assured illegal aliens that law enforcement is "prohibited" from cooperating with ICE - with California becoming a "sanctuary state" earlier this year.

Blanca Vazquez with the Bay Area-based Immigrant Liberation Movement says the Trump administration's stepped-up enforcement has galvanized immigrant communities to learn their rights and scrutinize ICE's actions.

Homan, in announcing the arrests late Tuesday, renewed his warning that California's limits on cooperating with ICE in local jails will lead to a bigger presence of immigration agents on the streets. As the Trump Administration pursues their political plan of haphazardly punishing sanctuary cities, we will not cower. Schaaf said she issued the alert after receiving confidential tips from "credible sources", and conferring with attorneys to make sure she wasn't opening herself up to federal prosecution.

Agent Genalo also addressed ICE's controversial practice of arresting undocumented immigrants in and around a courthouse. Previous records show that the Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) sent ICE information on Mora-Villalpando on December 7. "Look, being a law enforcement officer is risky enough, but to give criminals a head's-up we're coming [in the] next 24 hours, increases that risk". Singh said Oakland, San Francisco and California have placed themselves on the "right side of history" in defending and protecting immigrant families.

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