California Mayor Tips Of Illegal Immigrants About ICE Raid, Says “No Regrets”

December 28, 2018
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Want to talk about a disgrace to our country and to those who work so hard to protect us here in the US? Look no further than Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

Schaaf warned illegal immigrants in Northern California of an ICE raid so they wouldn’t be captured. She even said she has “no regrets” about it.

“I have no regrets, none. The more time goes by, the more certain I feel that I did the right thing in standing up for our community and pointing out our values are not aligned with our laws.”

According to Fox News,

Schaaf also slammed federal immigration authorities, saying that Immigration and Customs Enforcement should be abolished. “This agency has gone astray and has so broken the trust, particularly in cities like mine, I believe we would all be better served to start from scratch,” she said.

She posted the warning on Twitter and Facebook,

Earlier today , I learned from multiple credible sources that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is preparing to conduct an operation in the Bay Area, including Oakland, starting as soon as within the next 24 hours.

As Mayor of Oakland, I am sharing this information publicly not to panic our residents but to protect them.

My priority is for the well-being and safety of all residents — particularly our most vulnerable — and I know that Oakland is safer when we share information, encourage community awareness, and care for our neighbors.

Interested residents should consult the website (http://www.centrolegal.org/acilep/ ) to understand their legal rights and options in the event they face detention or know someone who needs legal representation.

In Oakland, OUSD public schools have strict protocols in place to protect our students and families. Oakland police officers are prohibited from participating in ICE activities.

Additionally, California state law prohibits business owners from assisting ICE agents in immigration enforcement and bars federal agents from accessing employee-only areas.

I have reached out to local leaders and partners in our immigrant communities to share this information. Our shared message is clear: We want residents to prepare, not panic. We understand ICE has used activity rumors in the past as a tactic to create fear; our intent is for our community to go about their daily lives without fear, but resiliency and awareness.

I am not aware of any further details of the ICE operation, such as precise locations.

I know that Oakland is a city of law-abiding immigrants and families who deserve to live free from the constant threat of arrest and deportation.

I believe it is my duty and moral obligation as Mayor to give those families fair warning when that threat appears imminent.

Now the Department of Justice is looking at obstruction of justice charges against the California Mayor and reviewing whether or not she broke any laws by telling everyone ICE would be raiding the area to arrest illegal immigrants.

While ICE arrested 150 people in violation of immigration laws, close to 900 remain at large in the community.

 

Photo Credit: Red Cross Photographer | Cate Calson

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