Lawless California mayor defies ICE, issues public warning ahead of immigration crackdown operation

Immigration officers are receiving pushback from California politicians.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaff on Saturday issued a press release warning about an upcoming raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement–effectively giving illegal aliens in the city a heads-up.

Schaaf sent out a mass news alert at 9pm, warning the city that the ICE operation would be “starting soon, as within the next 24 hours,” KTVU reported.

“Earlier today, I learned from multiple credible sources that the US 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,” the press release read.

The mayor claimed her intention was “not to panic our residents but to protect them.”

Oakland mayor Libby Schaff. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images).

Schaaf called Oakland “a city of law-abiding immigrants and families who deserve to live free from the constant threat of arrest and deportation,” and said she planned to protect the community’s “most vulnerable.”

She also asserted that state and local entities would not cooperate with ICE.

“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.”

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(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images).

Immigration officials captured four people in San Francisco on Sunday, the San Francisco Examiner reports. According to KTVU, ICE conducted audits at businesses in the Bay Area earlier this month to ensure only legal workers were being hired.

On Saturday, ICE told KGO-TV it was unsure what Schaaf could be referring to, as “there are ICE operations every day.”

Schaaf, a Democrat who is up for reelection this year, has previously been critical of the Trump administration’s positions on immigration.

In January, she told KTVU that she would be willing to go to jail over her city’s sanctuary policies and said, “It is no surprise that the bully in chief is continuing to try to intimidate our most vulnerable residents.”

Schaaf’s warning regarding the ICE raid received heated opposition.

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