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ICE Spokesperson In SF Resigns, Slams Trump Administration Officials

ICE Spokesperson In SF Resigns, Slams Trump Administration Officials

Former ICE spokesman James Schwab pointed to statements made by Acting ICE Director Tom Homan and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who have stated that Schaaf's warning February 24 about an ICE raid in Northern California resulted in several hundred undocumented immigrants from eluding arrest, according to multiple media outlets, including the San Francisco Chronicle, KTVU and CNN. "We were never going to pick up that many people".

Trump, who called Schaaf a disgrace during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, said ICE was prepared to arrest "close to 1,000 people" but got "a fraction" of that, thanks to Schaaf.

Sessions, speaking in Sacramento on Wednesday, said he had learned from Homan that "ICE failed to make 800 arrests that they would have made if the mayor had not acted as she did".

Other ICE officials told Fox affiliate KTVU that Schwab resigned "abruptly" and that the agency disagrees with him on the characterization of the issue.

"Sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco and Oakland shield unsafe criminal aliens from federal law enforcement at the expense of public safety", Homan said of Schaaf's warning.

Schwab disputed the claims and told CNN he could no longer "bear the burden ― continuing on as a representative of the agency and charged with upholding integrity, knowing that information was false".

Asked about the disputed figures, an ICE spokeswoman in Washington, D.C., Jennifer Elzea, did not respond directly in an email.




The false information, according to the spokesman, James Schwab, is related to an ICE operation last month that targeted 1,000 undocumented immigrants in Northern California.

"Of the 232 people arrested, ICE stated that 115, or just under half, had "prior felony convictions for serious and violent offenses" or past convictions for 'significant or multiple misdemeanors.' The other half had no criminal history".

"I didn't feel like fabricating the truth to defend ourselves against (Schaaf's) actions was the way to go about it", he told the newspaper. She told the story of Maria Mendoza-Sanchez, a mother of four and nurse at an Oakland public hospital, who was deported last August despite having no criminal record. I was absolutely thinking of them when I made the decision to share the [ICE enforcement] information.

Schaaf praised Schwab's action.

Schwab said that, before resigning, as he was faced with questions from reporters about Homan's and Sessions' comments, he hoped he could set the record straight and correct the idea that hundreds of unsafe criminals got away, thanks to Schaaf.

ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan has hit out at Democrat lawmakers over criticisms in wake of agency's recent crackdown in northern California. Their claims were questioned by critics - and now by Schwab, a veteran public affairs officer who had worked at the Defense Department and NASA.

Of the battle over how to properly characterize the events, Schwab said, "I've never been in this situation in 16, nearly 17 years in government where someone asked me to deflect when we absolutely knew something was awry - when the data was not correct". "I felt like we weren't doing that", he said.