The Department of Justice is looking into possible obstruction charges against the mayor of a sanctuary city in California who warned illegal immigrants of an impending raid.
The acting director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Thomas Homan, blasted Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on Wednesday, telling “Fox & Friends” that the agency is “reviewing” the mayor’s actions.
The Democrat mayor issued a warning on Twitter Sunday, giving illegal immigrants a heads-up that ICE was “preparing to conduct an operation in the Bay Area, including Oakland,” which would be “starting soon, as within the next 24 hours.”
Lawless California mayor defies ICE, issues public warning ahead of immigration crackdown operation https://t.co/oRZtMTnjIq pic.twitter.com/abZhy6lFy5
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) February 27, 2018
“What she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling police when a police cruiser comes to the neighborhood except she did it to entire community of the this is beyond the pale,” Homan told Fox News. “This is a whole new low to intentionally warn criminals that law enforcement is coming. I can’t believe it happened.”
Homan blamed Schaaf’s warning for the inability of the agency to secure the arrest of over 800 illegal immigrants and threats to public safety.
“She intentionally put law enforcement officers at risk. Being a law enforcement officer is dangerous enough. But to give criminals a head’s up we’re coming next 24 hours, increases the risk,” Homan said. “There’s over 800 significant public safety threat criminals … that we are unable to locate because of that warning, so that community’s a lot less safe than it would’ve been.”
Schaaf doubled down on her actions, refusing to apologize, and tweeted on Tuesday that “It is Oakland’s legal right to be a sanctuary city and we have not broken any laws. We believe our community is safer when families stay together.”
I do not regret sharing this information. It is Oakland’s legal right to be a sanctuary city and we have not broken any laws. We believe our community is safer when families stay together. pic.twitter.com/ng13yq431L
— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) February 28, 2018
The activist mayor also blasted the immigration crackdown as “racist” during a news conference in her office Wednesday.
“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 dangerous criminals,” Schaaf said, according to SF Gate. “There is nothing further from the truth. This is racist and it is false. Ample evidence shows that American-born citizens are actually more likely to commit crimes than immigrants.
Twitter users were not buying Schaaf’s rhetoric and, joining Homan in his criticism, also slammed the liberal mayor for her twisted priorities.
If Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was helping protect known illegal aliens from an active law enforcement operation, she was committing a federal crime https://t.co/Eez1SpUs9Z pic.twitter.com/VquGDCFF1u
— Benjamin Weingarten (@bhweingarten) March 1, 2018
The Oakland Mayor Schaaf is a traitor to Americans. Protecting criminals and illegals over law abiding citizens. No words
— KAYA JONES (@KayaJones) March 1, 2018
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf should be arrested for obstructing justice.
She warned about ICE raids & 800 illegal aliens avoided arrests because of her obstruction. https://t.co/CGzQo9lIce#ThursdayThoughts
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) March 1, 2018
She should be arrested with up to 800 counts of aiding & abetting a fugitive. If any of the 800 commit MORE crimes, she should be charged w accessory to any & all of those crimes b/c if they weren’t on the streets, those crimes would, in all likelihood, not have been committed.
— Terry the Deplorable (@EarplugOlympics) March 1, 2018
This crooked extreme leftist Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf needs to feel the wrath of the DOJ for aiding & abetting criminals since she chose to alert all illegals of an impending ICE raid. These elected public officials need to be held responsible & accountable for their actions. pic.twitter.com/zMVJXSMeUA
— GRIZZLE (@GrizzleMeister) February 26, 2018
Libby Schaaf has to respond to Okland citizens
She’s protecting illegal criminals !!!
She’s like telling the bank rober
The cops are on their way.
This woman needs to be replaced.
— Daniela Alvarez (@Daniela82555643) March 1, 2018
Oakland California is a much nicer place since Libby Schaaf has alerted illegal aliens about potential ICE activity, right?
Nope, Oakland is still a shit hole. pic.twitter.com/LY9rJ4S1vg
— Mike (@Fuctupmind) March 1, 2018
RT if you agree that this Obama snowflake Oakland, Cali. mayor Libby Schaaf should be locked up in jail for harboring illegals.#NoDACA #DeportThemAll #BuildTheWall #MAGA #MCGA pic.twitter.com/NXuj3WciuK
— WinstonCovfefe?? (@winstonmeiiis) February 28, 2018
Crackpot Libby Schaaf will be held personally liable for any and all crimes committed by these 800 vicious felons. Is this what the good people of Oakland bargained for when they voted for this maniac?https://t.co/wLomUx3Plm
— Donald Russo (@donaldrusso994) March 1, 2018
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