Pelosi Attacks ICE for Arresting 'Law-Abiding' and 'Patriotic' Illegal Immigrants

Randy Kelley
March 3, 2018

In fact, the U.S. Department of Justice is weighing a possible review of her action in contemplation of a possible obstruction-of-justice charge.

Among those at large are Oakland residents with multiple prior removals, said James Schwab, a spokesman for ICE in San Francisco, a field office that spans 49 counties from Bakersfield to the OR border.

"I think it's my responsibility as a person in power and privilege to share the information I have access to, to make sure people know what their rights are", she added. In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for the Justice Department said it "does not confirm or deny the existence or nonexistence of investigations".

Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín commended Schaaf for alerting Bay Area communities of the potential raids "responsibly" in a manner that did not put ICE agents at risk. "And I definitely consider myself part of the resistance", Schaaf told The Washington Post about her actions. Homan also suggested that the mayor could be to blame for "public safety threats" who "remain at large" after the crackdown.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested more than 200 suspected undocumented immigrants in raids over four days in California, the agency announced Thursday.

Schaaf, a Democrat who is running for re-election this year, warned residents on Twitter Saturday night that "credible sources" told her a sweep was imminent, calling it her "duty and moral obligation" to warn families. Arrests include: In San Leandro, a previously removed citizen of Mexico, who has criminal convictions of involuntary manslaughter and domestic violence.

In a statement announcing the final tallies, ICE said it was forced to go into the communities after California's sanctuary policies cut off nearly all cooperation and denied access to prisons and jails, leaving criminal migrants free.

Defenders of sanctuary city practices say they actually improve public safety by promoting trust among law enforcement and immigrant communities and reserving scarce police resources for other, more urgent crime-fighting needs.

Hundreds of immigration activists and their allies turned out in downtown SF on February 28 to protest Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, operations in Northern California. "We believe our community is safer when families stay together".

In a statement, ICE officials said the federal law enforcement organization has been negatively impacted by California's "sanctuary" policy that has limited communication with local law enforcement partners. Some reports allege that 11 more were arrested this morning in the Bay Area.

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