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Top ICE Official Quits, Says He Refuses To Continue To Lie For Donald Trump

According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has resigned because of what he viewed as false statements from the Trump administration and ICE about recent immigration sweeps in Northern California.

Although James Schwab did not discuss the specifics of his resignation, sources say that he was “frustrated” with the statements officials made arguing that 800 undocumented immigrants were able to avoid arrest because Oakland Democratic Mayor Libby Schaaf issued a public warning about immigration raids the day before they began.

Schwab thought the 800 figure was too high and reportedly wanted the agency to correct it. He also did not want to avoid questions about the figure from the media. During the four-day operation, ICE made 232 arrests.

“864 criminal aliens and public safety threats remain at large in the community, and I have to believe that some of them were able to elude us thanks to the mayor’s irresponsible decision,” acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said on the third day of the operation.

Last Wednesday in Sacramento, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that Homan had told him “ICE failed to make 800 arrests that they would have made if the mayor had not acted as she did. Those are 800 wanted aliens that are now at large in that community.”

The next day, Donald Trump said that “close to 1,000” people were expected to be arrested before the mayor issued her warning.

The Trump administration recently sued California for three laws it argues prevent immigration officials from carrying out federal immigration law.

Trump visited California on Tuesday for the first time as president to inspect prototypes for his proposed wall along the southern border.

Nicole James
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Nicole James is a lifelong Democrat and political activist who first cut her teeth as a teenager volunteering for Mike Dukakis’ presidential campaign. She has worked and volunteered for John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, HFA (Hillary For America) and Organizing For Action. She’s passionate about liberal and progressive causes, and considers President Obama her most favorite president ever. She holds her Bachelor’s from Boston College and her Master’s from Columbia University, both in Economics. When not working as a writer, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her three teenagers.

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