Mayor Libby Schaaf, of Oakland, California, warned the city U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents (ICE) were going to conduct a raid over the weekend.
According to ICE, the mayor’s warning allowed criminal illegal aliens to escape.
ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan blasted the mayor in a statement.
He said 864 immigrants with criminal records “remain at large in the community and I have to believe that some of them were able to elude us thanks to the mayor’s irresponsible decision.”
ICE did arrest over 150 illegal aliens including a large number that had committed crimes.
Mayor Schaaf defended her stance and touted she is part of the anti-Trump resistance.
The Washington Post reports:
Asked by The Post whether she considered herself part of “the resistance” movement — the unofficial title for left-leaning Americans who do not support the Trump administration — she responded with a resounding yes.
“I consider myself a law-abiding citizen. I consider myself a believer in an American democracy that moves towards a more just society. And I definitely consider myself part of the resistance,” she said.
The mayor is unyielding about her decision to make Oakland a sanctuary city even if that meant she would be sent to jail.