It was when Schwab presented the issue to ICE leadership that they advised him to deflect to statements that he alleges "did not clarify the wrong information". "Then I took some time and I quit".
Mayor Schaaf told The Washington Post in an interview earlier this month that she made a decision to warn the immigrant community of the impending ICE raid for fear that the operation was not wholly targeting "criminals", and that, instead, hard-working mothers or fathers without criminal records might end up arrested and deported.
An official at the Department of Homeland Security, which includes ICE, briefed on the plans for the raid said last month that agents find only about 30 percent of their targets on average during large sweeps. She added: "How can it be illegal to tell people what their rights are?"
"It's the job of a public affairs officer to offer transparency for the agency you work for", Schwab told the Chronicle. Although he agrees that Schaaf's actions were "misguided" and "not responsible", he takes issue with placing her with the blame of 800 risky people remaining at large. "But to blame her for 800 unsafe people out there is just false", Schwab added. She told the story of Maria Mendoza-Sanchez, a mother of four and nurse at an Oakland public hospital, who was deported last August despite having no criminal record. But when KQED asked ICE to explain why the targeted people had been classified as threats to public safety, a spokeswoman cited only five, of the 864, who had been convicted of serious crimes.
While announcing a raid that yielded 232 arrests in Northern California, ICE suggested that California's laws increased the likelihood that immigrants without criminal convictions would face detainment.
"I'm scared", James Schwab admitted to KTVU.
"I commend Mr. Schwab for speaking the truth while under intense pressure to lie", she said in a statement to The Post. But to blame her for 800 risky people out there is just false.
"We were never going to pick up that many people".
"The AG said they were "wanted aliens" not criminal", Sarah Isgur Flores wrote to The Post on Tuesday morning, referring to his prepared remarks. "I've never been in a situation when I've been asked to ignore the facts because it was more convenient".
After the raid, Homan accused Schaaf of creating a unsafe situation for ICE agents.
The ICE director went further the next day, according to the Chronicle, when he said "there's 800 that we are unable to locate because of that warning" - essentially blaming all the escapees on the mayor. Sessions, too, stated that ICE will have to pursue "800 wanted criminals" even harder, "all because of one mayor's irresponsible action". Where they had close to 1,000 people, ready to be gotten, ready to be taken off the streets.
In the weeks following Schaaf's tip-off, Homan, Sessions, and Trump all lambasted the Oakland mayor and cited similar figures. "How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of law enforcement officers to promote a radical open borders agenda", Sessions said.
In response, Schaaf said, "How dare you vilify members of our community by trying to frighten the American public into thinking that all undocumented residents are unsafe criminals?".
The senior official also gave sanctuary cities a choice: either allow his deportation officers in their jails to arrest illegal immigrants, or else he'll have to send the officers out into the streets to get people in the communities.