ICE Spokesman Resigns Over Trump Administration's 'Misleading' Statements on Raid


The communications director for the Northern California Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency quit, frustrated that he's been told to tell the public "alternative facts".

Schwab, who served as the spokesman for San Francisco, indicated he tried to get the agency to change the information it promoted but quit when that failed. "I told them that the information was wrong, they asked me to deflect, and I didn't agree with that. Then I took some time and I quit", Schwab said.

Schwab insists that Hamon and Sessions' statements are inaccurate. According to ICE, of the 232 people picked up, 115 had felonies or misdemeanors.

In the raid's aftermath, officials in Washington had repeatedly suggested that hundreds of criminals had escaped because of the mayor's actions.

Sessions also repeated a similar estimate in his remarks while visiting Sacramento last week. "How dare you?" he asked the mayor. "Those are 800 wanted criminals that are now at large, 800 wanted criminals that ICE will now have to pursue by other means, with more difficulty, in unsafe situations, all because of one irresponsible action", Sessions said during his visit last week to California.

These figures propagated across news outlets.

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President Donald Trump added to those claims, alleging that ICE had expected to arrest "close to 1,000 people" before Schaaf sounded the alarm.

He said one officer operating in a jail can process 10 illegal immigrants in a day, but if those 10 are all released it takes six-man teams days, weeks or even months to track them down out in the community, where everyone is at more risk. The operation began on February 25 and ended up netting 232 undocumented immigrants over the next several days across the northern part of the state. "It's a false statement because we never pick up 100% of our targets. To say that 100 percent are risky criminals on the street, or that those people weren't picked up because of the misguided actions of the mayor, is just wrong". Schwab told CNN he'd "never" been in a situation "where someone asked me to deflect when we absolutely knew something was awry". But Lori Haley, the western region communications director for ICE on Monday, told KTVU that Schwab had resigned "abruptly".

The former spokesperson, who has previously worked with the U.S. Department of Defense as a staff coordinator and public affairs specialist, as well as with NASA's Ames Research Center as a Public Affairs Officer, said the lack of transparency at ICE made it impossible for him to continue to do his job. "I felt like we weren't doing that". "While we disagree with Mr. Schwab on this issue, we appreciate his service and wish him well". "Those are 800 wanted aliens that are now at large in that community".

Sanctuary cities are actually enticing more people to pay smugglers to help them make the risky trek north, not only putting people at risk but also enriching the smuggling cartels themselves, a senior administration official said Monday. That state a year ago enacted three laws that prevent local law enforcement from asking people their immigration status and from holding migrants for pickup by ICE, and limits how much information they're allowed to provide to ICE officers; orders businesses to refuse voluntary cooperation with ICE; and orders state investigators to probe the federal government's handling of immigrants held in detention facilities in the state. "We believe in the rule of law and one criminal alien victimizing residents of Oakland is one too many".

In the weeks following Schaaf's tip-off, Homan, Sessions, and Trump all lambasted the Oakland mayor and cited similar figures. I think she could have had other options.