Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

ICE Spokesperson In SF Resigns, Slams Trump Administration Officials

ICE Spokesperson In SF Resigns, Slams Trump Administration Officials

He added that ICE knew it was extremely unlikely they would arrest the full target list of roughly 1,000 unauthorized immigrants - not all of whom were criminals.

The most recent raid in the Bay area resulted in ICE arresting four people who had been previously arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, five people convicted of carrying concealed weapons, four people who were arrested for cruelty toward a child, two who were arrested for cruelty toward their wives, six people convicted of domestic violence, one person who had been convicted of drug trafficking, and one person who was convicted for lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, Homan said.

Last week, Sessions called out Schaaf, saying, "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 unsafe situations, all because of one mayor's irresponsible action".

Acting ICE director Thomas Honan said in an statement three days into the sweep that 864 people remained at large.

Congress passed the laws deciding exactly how ICE operates, he said, and "if they don't like it, Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein can certainly change the law".

"I quit because I didn't want to perpetuate misleading facts", Schwab told The San Francisco Chronicle on Monday.

Schwab said he took issue with their characterization.

"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 unsafe situations, all because of one mayor's irresponsible action", Sessions had said.

Data from ICE has also shown that the agency saw a significantly higher rate of arrest for immigrants without a criminal background under the Trump administration, with a 171 percent spike in the share of non-criminals arrested in 2017 compared to the year before. The Chronicle quoted unnamed ICE officials confirming Schwab's resignation but declining to discuss specifics, citing confidentiality for personnel matters. "But to blame her for 800 risky people out there is just false", Schwab added.

Pelosi has repeatedly called Trump's enforcement efforts "cowardly", and blamed ICE for terrorizing immigrant communities, however, Homan said agents are just protecting Americans.

The Oakland mayor said in response to the former spokesman speaking out, "I commend Mr. Schwab for speaking the truth while under intense pressure to lie".

"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" he said.

Sessions and the ICE department accused the mayor of allowing 800 unsafe illegal immigrants to roam the city, a number Schwab said was "misleading".

"I just couldn't bear the burden - continuing on as a representative of the agency and charged with upholding integrity, knowing that information was false", Schwab told CNN. "Even though those previous statements did not clarify the wrong information".

Schwab's departure follows the February resignation of a Montana Labor Department worker Jordon Dyrdahl-Roberts who quit his job as a legal assistant after being told he'd have to process labor records subpoenas for ICE.

"It's the job of a public affairs officer to offer transparency for the agency you work for." he argued. "I felt like we weren't doing that".

The president will visit California on Tuesday for the first time as president to inspect prototypes for his proposed border wall along the southern border.

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