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Undocumented immigrants, who evaded California ICE raids following tip-off from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf re-arrested for new charges

March 23, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Undocumented immigrants, who evaded California ICE raids following tip-off from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf re-arrested for new charges

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Undocumented immigrants, who evaded California ICE raids following tip-off from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf re-arrested for new charges

Three undocumented immigrants, who evaded apprehension after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf blew the whistle on a raid by federal ICE officials in February, have since been re-arrested for new offenses including spousal abuse and robbery.

Last month, Schaaf posted a warning on Twitter ahead of a raid in northern California, enraging Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and the Trump administration.

“How dare you!” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said this month addressing Libby Schaaf. “How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our officers to promote a radical, open borders agenda.”

ICE agent eventually apprehended 232 undocumented immigrants, many of whom have criminal records, in the four-day bust but said that hundreds more fled because of Schaaf’s warning.

However, on Tuesday, authorities said that at least three of those who were targeted in the raid but were not captured had since been arrested for additional offenses.

One was a Mexican citizen arrested for robbery and firearm offenses, who was freed back into the community for a prior crime despite an ICE detainer request that was filed in November, ABC13 reports.

Another Mexican citizen was taken into custody for a DUI, despite having been deported three times and prior charges for false imprisonment, DUI, and spousal battery.

The third was a Mexican national who was apprehended for corporal injury of a spouse, despite the fact that he was deported twice and convictions including drug possession, hit-and-run, DUIs, possessions of narcotics equipment, and violating parole.

Acting ICE Director Tom Homan talked about the three cases at a roundtable on sanctuary cities at the White House on Tuesday. He also showed frustration at the mixed messages being sent from politicians in sanctuary states.

“We are told to focus efforts on criminals, but those same folks who want to focus on criminals don’t let us into county jails,” he stated. “It defies logic.”

While Homan has blamed Schaaf’s behavior for the escape of as many as 800 illegals, it is not clear exactly how many avoided apprehension directly because of her actions. A DHS official said that ICE agents typically find only 30% of their targets during a bust, meaning that many of those who evaded capture may not have been captured either way.

Schaaf has defended her actions, saying the community is safer because of policies in sanctuary cities.

“I do not regret sharing this information,” she stated in February. “It is Oakland’s right to be a sanctuary city, and we have not broken laws. We believe our community is safer when families stay together.”

Last week, a community organizer in Oakland told Fox News that individuals in the community were supporting her.

“People are supportive of her because she took a stand,” Emma Paulino said. “She is serving the people who elected her.”

The Justice Department, which is also suing California over its policies, has said it is looking into Schaaf’s actions but has not yet made an announcement.

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