ICE Spokesman Quits, Bashes Trump Administration On Immigration Raids

Foreign nationals being arrested in a targeted operation

Foreign nationals being arrested in a targeted operation

As CNN reports, Schwab accused Sessions and Acting Director Tom Homan of deliberately spreading misleading information after ICE slammed Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's decision to warn the public about upcoming ICE raids.

Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan claimed that 864 "criminal aliens" escaped arrest, and Trump railed that close to 1,000 people would have been swept up, calling Schaaf's warning "a disgrace". "It's a false statement because we never pick up 100% of our targets".

Last week, Sessions called out Schaaf, saying, "Those are 800 wanted criminals that are now at large in that community - 800 wanted criminals that ICE will now have to pursue with more difficulty in more risky situations, all because of one mayor's irresponsible action".

"The more people I have in the jail the less people I have to send out on the street to look for them", the official said, speaking on condition he not be named as part of a background briefing set up by the White House ahead of President Trump's trip to California Tuesday.

"I quit because I didn't want to perpetuate misleading facts", said Schwab, 38, who was hired in 2015 and resigned last week.

An ICE spokeswoman said that the agency disagrees with Schwab on the issue. "To say. that those people weren't picked up because of the misguided actions of the mayor, is just wrong".

Data from ICE has also shown that the agency saw a significantly higher rate of arrest for immigrants without a criminal background under the Trump administration, with a 171 percent spike in the share of non-criminals arrested in 2017 compared to the year before.

ICE spokesperson Liz Johnson issued the following statement regarding Schwab's resignation.

Schaaf said it was her "duty and moral obligation as mayor to give those families fair warning when that threat appears imminent", adding that she believed numerous immigrants ICE was targeting were law-abiding.

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Schwab told the newspaper he tried to get ICE to correct the figures quoted by Sessions and others, but was instead asked to deflect reporters' questions.

Schwab said that, before resigning, as he was faced with questions from reporters about Homan's and Sessions's comments, he hoped he could set the record straight and correct the idea that hundreds of risky criminals got away thanks to Schaaf.

"I didn't feel like fabricating the truth to defend ourselves against (Schaaf's) actions was the way to go about it", he said. "How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical open borders agenda?" Schwab went on to tell an Oakland Fox affiliate that the operation was expected to arrest "far fewer" than the 232 suspected undocumented people it did.

"Of the 232 people arrested, ICE stated that 115, or just under half, had "prior felony convictions for serious and violent offenses" or past convictions for 'significant or multiple misdemeanors.' The other half had no criminal history".

Of the battle over how to properly characterize the events, Schwab said, "I've never been in this situation in 16, nearly 17 years in government where someone asked me to deflect when we absolutely knew something was awry - when the data was not correct".

ICE responded to Mr. Schwab's comments in a statement, saying, "Even one criminal alien on the street can put public safety at risk".

Schwab's departure follows the February resignation of a Montana Labor Department worker Jordon Dyrdahl-Roberts who quit his job as a legal assistant after being told he'd have to process labor records subpoenas for ICE.

"Our democracy depends on public servants who act with integrity and hold transparency in the highest regard", the mayor said in a statement. She's protecting us. And she's doing what really should be the bare minimum for an elected official.

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