Civil rights groups protest outside ICE building in San Francisco

150 arrested in Northern California immigration sweep ICE official says others eluded authorities after Oakland mayor's 'reckless' alert

ICE raids nab 150 in California after Oakland mayor's warning

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 with the very federal laws that ICE is sworn to uphold.

With Senate Bill 54 in October, California became a "sanctuary state" for undocumented immigrants.

Schaaf, who says she has been the target of death threats since she made her public warning Saturday, is facing a growing storm of criticism from the Trump administration and supporters of its efforts to crack down on illegal immigrants, many of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan condemned Schaff's blatant act of defiance against his federal agency.

They had determined she did not violate any laws because she had obtained the information from unofficial sources rather than through formal government channels, she said.

When confronted with her contradiction, Stibo responded, "I don't have no sympathy for criminals".

Mayor Schaaf said she had consulted with her legal team before issuing the weekend's warning. This is racist and it is false. "Ample evidence shows that American born citizens are more likely to commit crimes than immigrants", she said.

"Every day as the mayor of Oakland I make decisions that are criticized".

"With this new list, my hope is that it does not have any more people that are there for less than violent and less than serious offenses".

He said Schaaf is to blame for ICE agents capturing just 150 of the 864 undocumented immigrants they were seeking earlier this week, and he accused the mayor of putting agents in danger.

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"Reports of abusive tactics by ICE are nothing new, they are part of a pattern of fear-mongering and retaliation", ACLU of Northern California attorney Angelica Salceda said.

"We're here today because [President Donald] Trump's administration has emboldened an already rogue agency to treat courthouses and our criminal justice system as a hunting ground", said Ana María Rivera-Forastieri, an employee at the Connecticut Bail Fund.

ICE agents went to the Bronx Criminal Courthouse a few weeks ago to arrest Aboubacar Dembele, following the African immigrant's court hearing to contest an assault charge. "My priority is to keep the community safe". "She gave them warning, and there were 800 that we were unable to locate because of that warning, so that community is a lot less safe than it would have been", Homan said. "While the vast majority of cities in America do cooperate with ICE, others like San Francisco and Oakland force ICE to focus additional resources to conduct at-large arrests in the community, putting officers, the general public and aliens at greater risk".

San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell was defiant, saying in a statement, "San Francisco is and will always remain a Sanctuary City".

Dozens of protestors locked their arms together in large pipes, sometimes known as "lock boxes" or "black bears", to prevent the chains from being cut and formed blockades in intersections around the building. We need strong families, not families torn apart by deportation.

Immigration enforcement officers say more than half of those arrested in Los Angeles had felony convictions for serious offenses or for multiple misdemeanors.

Lara Bazelon, an associate law professor at the University of San Francisco, said it was highly unlikely that the mayor would be prosecuted.

The Chronicle reported in January that federal officials were planning the operation.

ICE confirmed at least 150 undocumented immigrants arrested in the raids, which have been taking place in locations throughout Northern California since Sunday. In that operation, 88 percent of those arrested by ICE were convicted criminals.

Homan also stressed how Schaaf greatly endangered the lives of his ICE agents by tipping off illegal criminals so that they could prepare for the raids with weapons or possibly ambushes.

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