"Just last week, President Trump made a decision to terrorize innocent immigrant families in the Bay Area with his unjust and cruel raids", Pelosi had said on Wednesday, referencing the ICE operation.
ICE spokesperson Liz Johnson issued the following statement regarding Schwab's resignation. I think she could have had other options.
Just last week, in Sacramento, Sessions said, "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". "They say 85% of them are criminals and had criminal records". It's a false statement because we never pick up 100 percent of our targets.
Schwab said the number of immigrants that Sessions and other officials claimed to have evaded arrest was misleading because "because we were not ever going to be able to capture 100 percent of the target list".
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.
Asked about the disputed figures, an ICE spokeswoman in Washington, D.C., Jennifer Elzea, did not respond directly in an email. "Our democracy depends on public servants who act with integrity and hold transparency in the highest regard".
President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and ICE Director Thomas Homan have repeatedly said that the days of weak interior enforcement of immigration are over, noting that all illegal aliens - no matter if they have committed a violent crime or not - are eligible for deportation, as federal law states.
"I didn't feel like fabricating the truth to defend ourselves against [Schaaf's] actions was the way to go about it", Schwab said. In fact, he told Oakland Fox affiliate KTVU that the operation was not even originally expected to arrest 232 suspected undocumented immigrants, making it more successful than planned.
"Director Homan and the Attorney General said there were 800 people at large and free to roam because of the actions of the Oakland Mayor", he told CNN. The Trump administration was furious, saying the warning harmed the operation and endangered ICE officers in the field. "I've never been in a situation when I've been asked to ignore the facts because it was more convenient".
ICE released a press release on February 27 about the operations in Northern California in which Homan stated that "864 criminal aliens and public safety threats remain at large in the community, and I have to believe that some of them were able to elude us thanks to the mayor's irresponsible decision". "I felt like we weren't doing that".
"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".