"What she did was no better than a gang lookout yelling 'police!' when a police cruiser comes into the neighborhood, except she did it to the entire community", Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in an interview Wednesday with Fox News.
"Sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco and Oakland shield risky criminal aliens from federal law enforcement at the expense of public safety", said ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan in a statement. "California and the city of Oakland have declared itself "sanctuaries" for illegal aliens and refused to cooperate with federal immigration authorities".
The subject of ICE raids and arrests has been on the mind of many Bay Area politicians, including Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who issued a controversial warning to affected communities despite critics.
Among the 150 people arrested by ICE in the past few days, include a fugitive and gang member who had been previously been deported four times and others with criminal convictions including assault, DUI and sex with a minor under 16 years old, the agency said.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf harbors no regret about tipping off illegal immigrants to a federal raid over the weekend, telling The Washington Post she considers herself "part of the resistance" against President Donald Trump's immigration policies.
'It's a tall order for ICE to show that she was obstructing justice because they would have to show she knew they were going after specific people and I just don't see the evidence for that, ' she said.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials asked Boston police to hold 68 immigrants for possible deportation previous year, but the city department "did not directly transfer any of the suspects to ICE custody", the city's police commissioner said in a recent memo.
"If we ever pulled our ICE out, and we ever said, 'Hey, let California alone, let them figure it out for themselves, ' in two months they'd be begging for us to come back".
I guess it's not enough for Democrats to tell their local police officers they can't assist with the enforcement of federal law.
In the February 12 memo, Evans said that all 68 of the people - who were arrested on charges unrelated to their immigration status - were given access to a bail commissioner after their arrests, and that 18 posted bail prior to arraignment.
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Trilce Santana said she was doing so in an intentional effort to prevent ICE from transporting detainees out of the area. ICE officials have reportedly asked the US Department of Justice to look into whether Schaaf broke any laws with her warning.
ICE has sent repeated hard-line messages since President Donald Trump took office past year, declaring that undocumented immigrants should "look over [their] shoulder" and that politicians in sanctuary states should be prosecuted.
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.
Meanwhile, about 200 people protested Wednesday outside the San Francisco offices of ICE following its announcement of the arrests.
For the Trump administration, immigration roundups fulfill promises to remove criminal aliens and enhance the nation's security. "It is Oakland's legal right to be a sanctuary city and we have not broken any laws".
He has warned that ICE officers will inevitably come across other undocumented immigrants in the course of targeted actions and make what are known as collateral arrests.
He also deplored so-called United States sanctuary cities, which limit the assistance they offer to federal immigration officials.
"There's over 800 significant public-safety threat criminals".
Schaaf said the couple lived in Oakland and worked for 23 years to become legal residents.