ICE spokesman quits, disputes claims 800 eluded arrest after Schaff’s warning

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OAKLAND, CA – JANUARY 19: Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf speaks to students at Edna Brewer Middle School about the U.S. Constitution on January 19, 2018 in Oakland, California. Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf discussed the U.S. Constitution with middle schoolers a day after she said she would be willing to go to jail to defend Oakland’s […]

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman in San Francisco has resigned after becoming frustrated by Trump administration statements about a recent sweep targeting illegal immigration.

James Schwab told the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday that top officials repeatedly said roughly 800 immigrants escaped arrest because Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff’s Feb. 24 warning about the four-day operation.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he had learned the agency failed to make 800 arrests because of the mayor’s warning.

The federal agency’s acting director, Thomas Homan, said Schaaf’s warning caused about 800 “criminals” to elude capture.

Schwab says the statements were misleading because the agency never captures everyone on its target lists.

Mayor Schaaf responded to Schwab’s comments saying:

"I commend Mr. Schwab for speaking the truth while under intense pressure to lie. Our democracy depends on public servants who act with integrity and hold transparency in the highest regard."

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