The San Francisco spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement has reportedly resigned because of what he viewed as false statements from the Trump administration and ICE about recent immigration sweeps in Northern California.
An ICE spokeswoman said that the agency disagrees with Schwab on the issue. "I think it's my responsibility as a person in power and privilege to share the information I have access to, to make sure people know what their rights are". "But to blame her for 800 risky people out there is just false", Schwab told CNN.
"Sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco and Oakland shield risky criminal aliens from federal law enforcement at the expense of public safety", Homan said of Schaaf's warning. It's a false statement because we never pick up 100 percent of our targets.
Schwab said he was told to reinforce statements made by top ICE officials, including a February 27 press release that reported more than 800 undocumented immigrants eluded arrest because of Schaaf's warning to the public about the four-day operation.
"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", Sessions had said.
CNN has reached out to ICE in Washington and the Department of Justice for comment.
Schwab has now quit his job as a Homeland Security spokesman in San Francisco - but that shouldn't be taken to mean that he agrees with what Schaaf did. "Those are 800 wanted criminals that are now at large, 800 wanted criminals that ICE will now have to pursue by other means, with more difficulty, in unsafe situations, all because of one irresponsible action", Sessions said during his visit last week to California. "Our democracy depends on public servants who act with integrity and hold transparency in the highest regard". But she suggested that 800 immigrants had not evaded arrest because of Schaaf's warning. ICE reported arresting 232 undocumented immigrants in regions from the Central Valley to the northern reaches of the state. The Trump administration was furious, saying the warning harmed the operation and endangered ICE officers in the field.
Acting ICE director Thomas Honan said in an statement three days into the sweep that 864 people remained at large.
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". "I felt like we weren't doing that".
"Even one criminal alien on the street can put public safety at risk and as Director Homan stated, while we can't put a number on how many targets avoided arrest due to the mayor's warning, it clearly had an impact".
"Those are 800 wanted aliens that are now at large in that community -most are wanted criminals that ICE will now have to pursue with more difficulty in more risky situations, all because of one mayor's irresponsible action".
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