DOJ Reviewing Oakland Mayor's Warning About Impending ICE Raid

ICE Director Condemns Oakland Mayor’s “Reckless” Warning About Impending Raids

The mayor warned residents Saturday night of large-scale raids by immigration agents in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf battle heats upImmigrant advocacy group, SIREN, is working to ensure families are prepared should a parent, or both parents, be arrested.

ICE responded to Schaaf's warning with a brief statement. By Tuesday the agency confirmed it did indeed conduct an operation and blamed Schaaf for likely allowing many "targets" to slip away.

The sweep became controversial after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf put out a warning saying she had learned ICE was conduction an operation, and telling illegal immigrants to take necessary steps.

"She gave them warning, and there's 800 that we were unable to locate because of that warning, so that community's a lot less safe than it would have been", Homan said on Fox News.

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. In fact, the U.S. Department of Justice is weighing a possible review of her action in contemplation of a possible obstruction-of-justice charge.

Schaaf has not backed down.

"I made a choice to share it broadly in a manner that I hope did not cause panic or fear", she said. "It is Oakland's legal right to be a sanctuary city". "We believe our community is safer when families stay together", she stated. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime.

Soon after taking office a year ago, Trump issued an executive order seeking to strip sanctuary jurisdictions of federal grants. It renewed threats of a bigger street presence in California, where state law sharply limits cooperation with immigration authorities at local jails. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, said in a signing message.

Hundreds of immigration activists and their allies turned out in downtown SF on February 28 to protest Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, operations in Northern California.

In a statement Thursday, ICE said that "efforts by local politicians have shielded removable criminal aliens from immigration enforcement and created another magnet for more illegal immigration, all at the expense of the safety and security of the very people it purports to protect".

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