In addition to sparking criticism from the Trump administration, the case also prompted the government to look into whether Schaaf may have broken any laws by sounding the alarm about the pending raid - another front in the clash between federal officials and the leaders of sanctuary cities.
Almost a week ago, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., slammed a four-day ICE raid as "unjust and cruel", but acting Director Thomas Homan said it led to the arrest and removal of many illegal immigrants with criminal convictions.
Schwab said his concerns about the misleading statements were dismissed, and ICE instructed him to "deflect" questions from the media.
Schwab told SFGate, "I quit because I didn't want to perpetuate misleading facts". "Why don't they speak English?' Now I get it frequently". "They asked me to deflect, and I didn't agree with that". "Then I took some time and I quit", Schwab said.
In a speech last week to the California Peace Officers' Association, Sessions said "ICE failed to make 800 arrests" because of Schaaf's actions, citing a briefing from Homan.
James Schwab, the San Francisco spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), resigned last week over what he claims are false characterizations of immigrants being spread by the Trump administration, according to San Francisco Chronicle reporter Hamed Aleaziz, who first broke the story.
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. Although he agrees that Schaaf's actions were "misguided" and "not responsible", he takes issue with placing her with the blame of 800 risky people remaining at large.
In fact, Schwab told Oakland Fox affiliate KTVU that the raid netted more arrests than initially planned. About half of the people picked up had felonies or misdemeanors on their records, officials say.
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"864 criminal aliens and public safety threats remain at large in the community, and I have to believe that some of them were able to elude us thanks to the mayor's irresponsible decision", Homan said.
"It's the job of a public affairs officer to offer transparency for the agency you work for". But to blame her for 800 risky people out there is just false. "I'd never have someone say, 'Why do I have to call an interpreter?"
ICE officials confirmed Schwab's resignation but did not respond to questions regarding the disputed figures.
She said this of Schwab: "We appreciate his service and wish him well".
In a subsequent statement to The Post, Flores wrote: "Does anyone seriously dispute that the Mayor attempted to thwart the efforts of federal law enforcement to apprehend wanted aliens in Oakland - many of whom had previously been arrested or convicted of crimes ranging from drug trafficking, to domestic abuse, to child pornography?"
Mr. Sessions, in a visit to California last week, condemned Ms. Schaaf, a Democrat, and echoed the agency, asserting that her actions had allowed hundreds to escape.