ICE raids and rumors paralyze San Jose communities

ICE raids and rumors paralyze San Jose communities

ICE raids and rumors paralyze San Jose communities

Homan said the Justice Department is looking into whether Schaaf obstructed justice and said her actions allowed immigrants who have committed crimes to remain in Oakland, making the community less safe.

The mayor warned residents over the weekend of large-scale, impending raids by immigration agents in the San Francisco Bay Area, escalating tensions between California officials and the Trump administration.

Schaaf, a first-term mayor elected in 2015, has been a vocal champion of Oakland's so-called sanctuary policies since coming into office.

During the operation, ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 232 individuals for violating USA immigration laws.

"The Trump Administration's raids were a shocking abuse of law enforcement power", she said.

Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 232 people suspected of violating immigration laws in the four-day raid that ended on Wednesday.

The Northern California operation drew national attention before it even began when Oakland, Calif., Mayor Libby Schaaf tweeted a statement saying she heard from "multiple sources" of a potential crackdown on illegal immigrants in the area. Additionally, a person from Mexico who also was previously deported and convicted of battery on a spouse and burglary was arrested.

In a statement responding to Schaaf's Twitter warning, ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan ripped the Oakland mayor, accusing her of putting immigration officers at risk and making it easier for criminals to avoid detection.

Defenders of sanctuary city practices say they actually improve public safety by promoting trust among law enforcement and immigrant communities and reserving scarce police resources for other, more urgent crime-fighting needs.

Immigration activists blasted ICE this week, claiming many of those arrested in the sweep were law-abiding community members unfairly targeted by the federal agency.

Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal, State, or local law, a Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.

Another 115 "had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses", the statement added. "Rather than focus on people who are unsafe criminals, we hear ICE may be terrorizing communities, including family members who are citizens". Agents have arrested more than 200 people earlier this month in the Los Angeles area.

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