Oakland’s Democrat mayor has just committed an act that could potentially jeopardize the safety of federal law enforcement agents.
Libby Schaaf received a tip that Immigration and Customs Enforcement would be conducting an operation in the Bay area and decided that it would be a great idea to spread the word to foil the feds and stick it to the Trump administration.
This is taking the refusal of California to accept the results of the 2016 election to an entirely new level and is conduct unbecoming for the top elected official in a city.
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) February 25, 2018
Via NBC Bay Area “Oakland Mayor Alerts Undocumented Residents of Potential ICE Raids”:
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf alerted Bay Area residents Saturday night of possible ICE operations starting “as soon as within the next 24 hours.”
In a press release, Mayor Schaaf encouraged all undocumented residents to consult immigration resources after learning from many credible sources that ICE is preparing to conduct an operation in the Bay Area.
Mayor Schaaf explained she was sharing the information publicly “not to panic residents but to protect them.”
Although ICE has used activity rumors in the past as a fear tactic, Mayor Schaaf continued to explain that she felt it was her duty to give families a fair warning of a possible threat.
“My priority is for the well-being and safety of all residents — particularly our most vulnerable — and I know that Oakland is safer when we share information, encourage community awareness, and care for our neighbors,” said Mayor Schaaf in the press release.
The Press Release:
News from: Office of Mayor Libby Schaaf
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 24, 2018
Mayor Schaaf Encourages Residents to Consult Immigration Resources Due to Potential ICE Activity
Oakland, CA – Earlier today, I learned from multiple credible sources that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is preparing to conduct an operation in the Bay Area, including Oakland, starting as soon as within the next 24 hours.
As Mayor of Oakland, I am sharing this information publicly not to panic our residents but to protect them.
My priority is for the well-being and safety of all residents — particularly our most vulnerable — and I know that Oakland is safer when we share information, encourage community awareness, and care for our neighbors.
Interested residents should consult the website http://www.centrolegal.org/acilep/ to understand their legal rights and options in the event they face detention or know someone who needs legal representation.
In Oakland, OUSD public schools have strict protocols in place to protect our students and families. Oakland police officers are prohibited from participating in ICE activities.
Additionally, California state law prohibits business owners from assisting ICE agents in immigration enforcement and bars federal agents from accessing employee-only areas.
I have reached out to local leaders and partners in our immigrant communities to share this information. Our shared message is clear: We want residents to prepare, not panic. We understand ICE has used activity rumors in the past as a tactic to create fear; our intent is for our community to go about their daily lives without fear, but resiliency and awareness.
I am not aware of any further details of the ICE operation, such as precise locations.
I know that Oakland is a city of law-abiding immigrants and families who deserve to live free from the constant threat of arrest and deportation.
I believe it is my duty and moral obligation as Mayor to give those families fair warning when that threat appears imminent.
Now that illegals have been warned, they can either go into hiding or arm themselves. For Schaaf’s sake, she had better hope that it isn’t the latter because it is not going to be a political windfall for her if an ICE agent ends up getting killed.
Last week President Trump spoke of pulling ICE out of California entirely, this is a perfect example of why he should do it. Let the state become a magnet for them, crime rates will soar, social services will be stressed to breaking and the state will go bankrupt. Then maybe voters will get a clue and start voting these liberal zealots out of office.