Oakland Mayor, Libby Shaaf, is complicit. Or on the way to being so…
She is indirectly, perhaps directly, responsible for the criminal escape that has resulted in about 800 people walking free; 800 people who might been in ICE custody this very moment.
Over the weekend, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf alerted residents that she had heard from multiple sources that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents would be conducting operations there imminently; she urged those in the country illegally to take precautions.
Oakland, like many California cities, has declared itself a sanctuary for those here illegally, and officials there have vowed to fight President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown.
“The Oakland mayor’s decision to publicize her suspicions about ICE operations further increased that risk for my officers and alerted criminal aliens – making clear that this reckless decision was based on her political agenda with the very federal laws that ICE is sworn to uphold,” [ICE acting director, Frank D.] Homan said in a statement on Tuesday.
Homan estimated that 800 criminals eluded capture due to Schaaf’s public warning to illegal aliens in Oakland and other Northern California cities.
Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan went after a California mayor for giving a heads-up to the illegal immigrant community right before raids targeted criminal aliens in the northern part of the state.
Homan said on “Fox & Friends” that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s (D) warning was reckless and put his officers’ lives in greater danger. He also said around 800 criminal aliens were able to elude capture because of her warning.
“What she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling ‘police’ when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood, except she did it to a whole community. This is beyond the pale,” he said.
More than 150 arrests were made in a three-day sweep of the Oakland and Fresno areas. Schaaf declared in her alert that she was acting to keep families from being broken apart.
“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,” she said on Saturday night.
Most curiously, what level of culpability do we assign the mayor of Oakland when one of those people who averted imprisonment and/or deportation due to her subversive warning kills their first innocent (if I was a betting man, I’d wager a DUI accident)?
What legal standard do we hold Schaaf to under such circumstances? Perhaps she will squirrel out of it thanks to teams of high-priced lawyers, but ultimately, her final reckoning will be from the people of California, for we will know: Libby Schaaf has blood on her hands.
Par for the course for politicians in this state.