Schaaf Responds To ICE Chief's Criticism Of Warning About Raids

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"What she did is not better than a gang lookout yelling, 'police, ' when a police cruiser comes into a neighborhood of criminals except she did it to an entire community", Homan said.

Among the 150 people arrested by ICE in the past few days, include a fugitive and gang member who had been previously been deported four times and others with criminal convictions including assault, DUI and sex with a minor under 16 years old, the agency said.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said she has no regrets for warning the public of impending immigration operations and that she would do it again.

Schaaf's move also drew initial criticism from some activists who said her warning may have served to sow panic among immigrant communities. "I'll say this to the mayor and every other politician that wants to vilify the men and women of ICE: We're not going away, we're going to keep enforcing the law", he said.

"The media does not focus on all of these criminals that we're going after", Genalo said, "Rather than focus on the criminals that we're trying to remove, and that we're arresting in the community, they'd rather take and focus on the small percentage of the cases that you just mentioned".

"I've been doing this 34 years, and this is a whole new low to intentionally warn criminals that law enforcement is coming", he assured. Two weeks ago, it arrested 212 in a five-day operation in the Los Angeles area.

Blank said undocumented immigrants she has worked with now avoid entering courthouses, for fear that ICE officials will be there.

Contrary to statements provided by ICE, agents are aggressively intimidating families in their homes and using tactics of racial profiling to detain people in public spaces.

"These documents show that ICE actions are a direct attack on our organizing and freedom of speech", Villalpando said.

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Michael Cardoza, a former Alameda County prosecutor turned criminal defense lawyer, believes they could - especially if she received the information about the raids through official sources, which Schaaf insists she did not.

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

"I hope we take this moment to recognize that we have to fight against the racist myth that the Trump administration is trying to perpetuate - that immigrants are risky criminals", Schaaf said, according to SF Gate. "And there's 800 that we were unable to locate because of that warning".

Asked about Homan likening her to a gang lookout, she said the 'Trump administration is trying to distract the American people, convince them that these immigrants are unsafe people.

James Schwab, a spokesman for the immigration agency in San Francisco, said agents were targeting about 1,000 people, which appeared to be one of the largest raids since Trump took office.

David Chiu, a Democratic state assemblyman, said Trump 'has declared war on our immigrant communities'.

"I continue to feel confident that what I did was the right thing and was legal", Schaaf told reporters.

The press released stated that in fiscal year 2017, ICE arrested 20,201 aliens throughout California and claimed that 81 percent of of those individuals were convicted criminals. Giordano, for his part, said there was no indication Gonzalez had anything to do with the wildfires, which killed more than 40 people and have since been linked to damaged electrical equipment. Oakland has since strengthened its status as a sanctuary city by barring city officials from cooperating with ICE in any capacity.

Schaaf said the couple lived in Oakland and worked for 23 years to become legal residents.

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