Schwab took issue with the assertion that Schaff's warning resulted in several hundred people escaping arrest.
When he told supervisors he was not comfortable perpetuating that narrative, Schwab said he was told by the Office of Public Affairs to repeat what was in the February 27 news release and defer questions to the Department of Justice.
"I didn't feel like fabricating the truth to defend ourselves against [Schaaf's] actions was the way to go about it", the paper quoted Schwab as saying.
"How dare she say we are terrorizing communities?" But his statement that placing blame on Schaaf for "800 unsafe people out there is just false" does peel back the curtain on a small part of a government that's all too comfortable spreading misinformation. That despite the fact that President Donald Trump said that the agency would have netted "close to 1,000 people" had it not been for Schaaf.
He explained that the enforcement agency would have been unlikely to capture all of the roughly 1,000 undocumented immigrants in the area that it had targeted, and that it was incorrect to identify those who were not detained as threats to public safety. ICE, he said, never arrests 100 percent of the people it targets for operation.
"The people of California will not be bowed by the Trump administration's brazen aggression and intimidation tactics", the California Democrat said. I think she could have had other options. She added: "How can it be illegal to tell people what their rights are?"
Although James Schwab did not discuss the specifics of his resignation, sources told the San Francisco Chronicle in an article published Monday that he was "frustrated" with the statements officials made arguing that 800 undocumented immigrants were able to avoid arrest because Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf issued a public warning about immigration raids the day before they began. "They say 85% of them are criminals and had criminal records". Schwab told CNN he'd "never" been in a situation "where someone asked me to deflect when we absolutely knew something was awry".
After the raid, Homan accused Schaaf of creating a unsafe situation for ICE agents. "Unlike the politicians who attempt to undermine ICE's critical mission, our officers will continue to fulfill their sworn duty to protect public safety".
Sessions and the ICE department accused the mayor of allowing 800 unsafe illegal immigrants to roam the city, a number Schwab said was "misleading".
Sessions also repeated the 800 number and blamed the mayor for her heads up: "Those are 800 wanted aliens that are now at large in that community".
Hours before the public was warned about ICE raids, some Oakland businesses got a head start, thanks to the mayor.
Also last week, Sessions announced a lawsuit against California for impeding federal immigration enforcement and said, "You can be sure I'm going to use every power I have to stop that".
The senior official said ICE has concluded both requests are legal, but he would be satisfied if local law enforcement at least gave the heads-up before release, giving his officers a chance to collect targets before they're released into the community. This is a stark contrast to the era of lax immigration enforcement under former President Obama when illegal aliens with criminal histories were sought after and prioritized.