James Schwab, a former Department of Homeland Security spokesperson, recently resigned from his post saying he didn’t agree with federal officials’ use of “misleading facts” relating to a recent Northern California immigrant sweep. In that four-day operation, ICE officers arrested 232 people — but federal officials blamed Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for 864 more people not being arrested. They pointed to her public warning of a pending raid.
President Trump called what Schaaf did “a disgrace,” saying her warning was the sole reason that hundreds of people escaped arrest. His remarks amplified attacks by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and acting ICE Director Thomas Homan. However, at least one official said it’s common for a large-scale immigration sweep to net about a third of its targets.
“We were never going to pick up that many people. To say that 100 percent are dangerous 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 the San Francisco Chronicle. “I’ve never been in this situation in 16, almost 17 years in government where someone asked me to deflect when we absolutely knew something was awry — when the data was not correct.”
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