In January California was declared a "sanctuary state" and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made it clear that they would strike back by carrying out immigration raids in northern California. Soon after, Oakland mayor, Libby Schaaf, said she would not be cooperating with ICE in their arrests. In response, ICE Deputy Director, Thomas D. Homan, said he "certainly does not respect her opinion."
Last Saturday Schaaf released a statement warning of large-scale raids by immigration agents in the San Francisco Bay Area.
"I am sharing this information publicly not to panic our residents but to protect them," she had said. "My priority is for the well-being and safety of all residents -- particularly our most vulnerable."
— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) February 25, 2018
Homan said in a statement "The Oakland mayor's decision to publicize her suspicions about ICE operations further increased that risk for my officers and alerted criminal aliens -- making clear that this reckless decision was based on her political agenda." CNN reported that since 150 arrests have been made and Homan 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."
Schaaf countered that she had no regrets about sharing the information and, "It is Oakland's legal right to be a sanctuary city and we have not broken any laws."
I do not regret sharing this information. It is Oakland’s legal right to be a sanctuary city and we have not broken any laws. We believe our community is safer when families stay together. pic.twitter.com/ng13yq431L
— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) February 28, 2018
Undocumented immigrants who live in sanctuary cities are still at a huge risk of being deported and many people support Schaaf in taking a stand against ICE.