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.