Thomas Homan, the Acting Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), says a warning from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf about a surprise ICE operation resulted in hundreds of "criminals" avoiding arrest.
"She gave them warning, and there's 800 that we were unable to locate because of that warning, so that community's a lot less safe than it would have been," Homan said on Fox News.
Schaaf issued a statement on Twitter that she learned from "multiple credible sources" that ICE was about to conduct an operation targeting illegal aliens in the San Francisco area, including Oakland. Homan likened Schaaf's tip-off to a "gang lookout" and says the Justice Department is looking into whether or not she obstructed justice.
I do not regret sharing this information. It is Oakland’s legal right to be a sanctuary city and we have not broken any laws. We believe our community is safer when families stay together. pic.twitter.com/ng13yq431L— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) February 28, 2018
Despite the warning from the Mayor, ICE was able to successfully arrest at least 232 illegal aliens in Northern California, 180 of whom were convicted criminals or had been previously removed from the U.S. Homan says that so long as California continues to limit its cooperation with ICE in local jails his agency will have a bigger presence on the streets.
"Sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco and Oakland shield dangerous criminal aliens from federal law enforcement at the expense of public safety," he said.
Daniel Stein is the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.