Local ICE spokesman resigns over Jeff Sessions comments

Local ICE spokesman resigns over Jeff Sessions comments

Local ICE spokesman resigns over Jeff Sessions comments

"But to blame her for 800 risky people out there is just false", Schwab told CNN.

Former ICE spokesman James Schwab pointed to statements made by Acting ICE Director Tom Homan and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who have stated that Schaaf's warning February 24 about an ICE raid in Northern California resulted in several hundred undocumented immigrants from eluding arrest, according to multiple media outlets, including the San Francisco Chronicle, KTVU and CNN. And so, operation "Keep Safe" was more successful than the agency had hoped, Schwab said.

"To say that 100 percent are unsafe criminals on the street, or that those people weren't picked up because of the misguided actions of the mayor, is just wrong", he told the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday (March 12). "Then I took some time and I quit", Schwab said.

Last week, President Donald Trump doubled down on Homan's earlier criticism that Schaaf's warning of imminent ICE activity tipped off criminals.

"Personally I think her actions were misguided and not responsible". He's threatened to arrest California politicians who were democratically elected and are lawfully and wisely exercising their power to protect public safety by refusing to cooperate with ICE.

Schwab also made sure to point out that there are many individual ICE agents who are good, honest, hardworking people.

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Schwab, however, said that both the number of potential arrests and the blame heaped on Schaaf by officials were wrong. "I commend Mr. Schwab for speaking the truth while under intense pressure to lie", she said. It's a false statement because we never pick up 100 percent of our targets. "They say 85% of them are criminals and had criminal records".

On Feb. 27, Schwab sent a news release that stated in part, from Acting ICE Director Thomas D. Homan: "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".

An ICE spokeswoman said that the agency disagrees with Schwab on the issue.

Schwab said the number of immigrants that Sessions and other officials claimed to have evaded arrest was misleading because "because we were not ever going to be able to capture 100 percent of the target list".

"The people we arrested during this California operation - [who have committed] lascivious acts with a juvenile, assault with deadly weapons, murder - these people were terrorizing immigrant communities", Homan said to FOX Business' Stuart Varney on "Varney & Co".

Trump, who called Schaaf a disgrace during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, said ICE was prepared to arrest "close to 1,000 people" but got "a fraction" of that, thanks to Schaaf. Before joining ICE in 2015, Schwab was a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Army Reserve Element, a public affairs office for the NASA Ames Research Center and a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Department of Defense. According to ICE, of the 232 people picked up, 115 had felonies or misdemeanors.

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In the last three months of 2017, San Diego's regional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency arrested and detained more than 1,600 illegal aliens with no other criminal history than crossing the border.

"Maria Mendoza-Sanchez and her husband are an example of a couple that, under the previous administration, were considered low priority for deportation", Schaaf said.

Schaaf praised Schwab's action.

Top Trump administration officials have said the mayor's warning prevented ICE from arresting hundreds of "criminal aliens".

Schwab, however, told the Chronicle that those statements were falsehoods, and led to his resignation.

"That's not true. We know the Trump administration is full of liars", he said.

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