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Oakland mayor warns of impending ICE raid, ramping up tensions with feds

February 27, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Oakland mayor warns of impending ICE raid, ramping up tensions with feds

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Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf released a warning that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) could be carrying out a raid in the community as early as Sunday — causing extreme tension with the federal government while giving her constituents a heads-up.

Schaaf released the warning — which indicated that she “learned from multiple sources” — in a news release on Saturday, “not to panic residents but to protect them,” according to Fox 2.

The mayor said she wasn’t aware of further details of the ICE operation, but insisted that it was her “duty and obligation as Mayor to give those families warning when that threat appears imminent.”

The feds arrested at least four people Sunday, a program manager for the San Francisco Immigrant Legal Education Network told the San Francisco Examiner, although the paper added that it was not clear if this is related to any broader ICE investigation.

During a press conference on Sunday, Schaaf also said she told mayors of other Bay Area cities of the approaching ICE bust.

Her revelation is in line with other reports that officials in Northern California would not collaborate with ICE, and added that state law “prohibits business owners from assisting ICE agents in immigration enforcement and bars agents from accessing employee-only areas.”

Libby Schaaf, who is running for reelection, indicated in January that she’d be ready to go to jail to defend their sanctuary city status, and has publicly rejected the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

“It is no surprise that the bully is continuing to intimidate our most vulnerable residents,” Schaaf said. “We’re clear that our values are to protect all of our residents regardless of where we come from. We protect families, not tear them apart.”

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who’s running for governor, praised Schaaf’s warning, telling SFGate: “We must protect immigrant families from Trump’s mass deportations. I want to thank Mayor Schaaf for her courage and hope more leaders will follow her lead.”

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