Bay Area ICE spokesman resigns, refused to deliver 'misleading facts,' report says

Jeff Sessions speaking at the National Association of Attorneys General Winter Meeting in Washington. Sessions will speak before the California Peace Officers Association Wednesday Mar

Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf warned her community that the raid was coming, drawing the ire of ICE acting director Thomas Homan and U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions. "Unlike the politicians who attempt to undermine ICE's critical mission, our officers will continue to fulfill their sworn duty to protect public safety". "But to blame her for 800 unsafe people out there is just false", he continued.

"So here's my message to Mayor Schaaf: How dare you".

Following up this February 27 statement, Sessions mirrored these remarks while visiting Sacramento last week, 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".

The DOJ contends that Schwab "doesn't dispute the number but says: "we were not ever going to be able to capture 100 percent of the target list" of roughly 1,000 undocumented immigrants in Northern California", according to a statement sent to The Daily Caller News Foundation. "I've never been in a situation when I've been asked to ignore the facts because it was more convenient".

ICE made 232 arrests during the operation. "It's a false statement because we never pick up 100% of our targets".

Schwab is a longtime government spokesman, according to his LinkedIn profile.

ICE could not immediately be reached for comment by The Post regarding Schwab's assertions that it had released false and misleading information.

ICE officials confirmed Schwab "recently announced his departure" from the office of public affairs but refused to discuss specific details because they are confidential personnel matters.

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department initially denied that the attorney general had spoken of "800 wanted criminals" in his speech. They blamed Schaaf's warning for ICE's failure to apprehend all of its targets-the raid resulted in around 200 arrests.

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"They were all set, this was long in the planning and she said get out of here and she's telling that to criminals", Trump said.

"Maria Mendoza-Sanchez and her husband are an example of a couple that, under the previous administration, were considered low-priority for deportation", Schaaf said. I was absolutely thinking of them when I made the decision to share the [ICE enforcement] information.

The Oakland mayor has applauded the former spokesperson's decision. I think she could have had other options.

In a statement, Ms. Schaaf, whom President Trump criticized last week for alerting residents to the raid, praised Mr. Schwab "for speaking the truth while under intense pressure to lie".

He cited ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan and Attorney General Jeff Sessions as part of the reason for his resignation.

"Our democracy depends on public servants who act with integrity and hold transparency in the highest regard", she said.

In actuality, Schwab said, the raid was more successful than ICE planned.

When he told supervisors he was not comfortable perpetuating that narrative, Schwab said he was told by the Office of Public Affairs to repeat what was in the February 27 news release and defer questions to the Department of Justice. "I felt like we weren't doing that", Schwab said.

He added when he took the job in August 2015 during the Obama administration, after having worked as a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Army Reserve in Mountain View and as a spokesman for the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field for more than 15 years, he never could have imagined what he would be asked to do.

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