White House comments on Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's ICE warning

White House comments on Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's ICE warning

The sweep became controversial after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf put out a warning saying she had learned ICE was conduction an operation, and telling illegal immigrants to take necessary steps.

"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", she added.

Like many cities and counties in California, Oakland is a sanctuary city. "We believe our community is safer when families stay together", she stated.

"It's ridiculous to have all these families broken apart", said Maribel Rodriguez, a 33-year-old San Francisco resident who listened to the speeches outside the ICE building on Sansome Street.

"Sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco and Oakland shield risky criminal aliens from federal law enforcement at the expense of public safety", says Homan.

Defenders of sanctuary city practices say they improve public safety by promoting trust among law enforcement and immigrant communities and reserving scarce police resources for other, more urgent crime-fighting needs.

The arrests were part of a four-day targeted operation that ran from the Bakersfield area to the OR border.

An AP report cited an ICE statement that about half of the people arrested in the San Francisco area have criminal convictions in addition to immigration violations, including convictions for assault, weapons offenses, and driving under the influence.

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Hundreds of immigration activists and their allies turned out in downtown SF on February 28 to protest Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, operations in Northern California. "The governor is simply wrong when he claims otherwise".

The network, a collaboration of several advocacy organizations, said it confirmed seven people were detained by immigration officers in San Jose in recent days and that others may have been arrested.

The four-day raid was the second in California since a statewide sanctuary law took effect in January. "If the politicians in California don't want to protect their communities, then ICE will".

Oakland, like many California cities, has declared itself a sanctuary for those here illegally, and officials there have vowed to fight President Trump's immigration crackdown.

"I think it's outrageous that a mayor would circumvent federal authorities and certainly put them in danger by making a move such as that", said Sanders, adding that her actions were now "under review" to see if she violated federal law.

"That is now under review by the Department of Justice". Now, "you have essentially an nearly guerrilla movement by local authorities to try and undo federal law enforcement efforts".

The Mayor of Oakland, Calif. warned residents Saturday of a potential raid conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.