Oakland Mayor is Protecting Illegal Immigrants
Although the Trump administration is cracking down on illegal immigrants, politicians in sanctuary cities are continuing to protect these criminals.
In fact, one mayor in California issued a warning before a raid last weekend.
In all, authorities arrested more than 150 illegal immigrants during a 3-day operation in the San Francisco Bay Area.
They would have caught far more had it not been for a warning issued on Saturday by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.
“What she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling ‘police’ when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood, except she did it to a whole community,” complains ICE Deputy Director Thomas Homan.
“There’s over 800 significant public safety threat criminals…that we are unable to locate because of that warning, so that community’s a lot less safe than it would have been.”
Schaaf defended herself in stating that the city of Oakland has a “legal right to be a sanctuary city,” which is ironic considering the very definition of ‘sanctuary city’ means that it breaks federal law.
“We have to fight against the racist myth that the Trump Administration is trying to perpetuate – that immigrants are dangerous criminals,” insists Schaaf.
Unfortunately, this is not a “racist myth.” Fully half of the 150+ illegal immigrants apprehended last weekend had criminal records. As many as 864 are still at large.
Of the 20,201 illegals arrested in California during FY 2017, 81% had criminal convictions.
“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,” added Homan.
“Sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco and Oakland shield dangerous criminal aliens from federal law enforcement at the expense of public safety. Because these jurisdictions prevent ICE from arresting criminal aliens in the secure confines of a jail, they also force ICE officers to make more arrests out in the community, which poses increased risks for law enforcement and the public.”
During a Wednesday interview with Fox News, Homan said the DOJ is looking into whether Schaaf’s warning constitutes obstruction of justice. He also made a stark promise to Schaaf and the state of California: “I’ll say this to the mayor and every other politician that wants to vilify the men and woman of ICE: We’re not going away, we’re going to keep enforcing the law.”
The recent raids on California are part of the Trump Administration’s effort to pressure sanctuary cities into complying with ICE and are also a response to a new California law which prohibits state and local cops from assisting ICE agents.
Sending Schaaf to jail on obstruction charges would send a clear sign that the Trump Administration isn’t backing down.