ICE Officials Say 232 Arrested During Recent NorCal Operation

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"And that's now under review by the Department of Justice, and I don't have anything else to add", press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in her afternoon briefing at the White House.

The U.S. Justice Department is reviewing Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's warning about Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in the Bay Area, according to White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, CBS San Francisco reports. It's unclear exactly what that review entails.

Schaaf, a Democrat who is running for re-election this year, warned residents on Twitter Saturday night that "credible sources" told her a sweep was imminent, calling it her "duty and moral obligation" to warn families.

A spokesperson for Schaaf told the Los Angeles Times the mayor's office isn't aware of a review and refused to comment any further.

ICE confirmed on Tuesday that it had arrested more than 150 people "in violation of federal US immigration laws" since Sunday as part of "targeted immigration enforcement operations" across northern California.


"I have to believe that some of them were able to elude us thanks to the mayor's irresponsible decision", Homan said.

The network, a collaboration of several advocacy organizations, said it confirmed seven people were detained by immigration officers in San Jose in recent days and that others may have been arrested.

This did not win her any friends among law enforcement.

It apparently matters not a whit to Ms. Schaaf that she may have broken the law.

She defended her actions Tuesday, saying in a statement her goal was to "give all residents time to learn their rights and know their legal options".


"I do not regret sharing this information", Schaaf said.

Then she hit on sanctuary cities, claiming Oakland is exercising its "legal right to be a sanctuary city" and that what is actually illegal is the government "retaliating against jurisdictions that are exercising their right to have sanctuary policies".

Last weekend's roundup and arrest of 150 illegal aliens in Northern California in "Operation Keep Safe" and Homan's strongly worded condemnation of Schaaf indicates that ICE is not yet ready to pack up its bags and leave the Golden State - despite the lack of cooperation from the state's officials, from Governor Brown on down.

Among those at large are Oakland residents with multiple prior removals, said James Schwab, a spokesman for ICE in San Francisco, a field office that spans 49 counties from Bakersfield to the OR border. All of those in violation of immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.


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