ICE Director: 800 Criminal Aliens Unable to Be Located After CA Mayor's 'Incredible' Warning
'What she did is no better than a gang lookout.'
Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan went after a California mayor for giving a heads-up to the illegal immigrant community right before raids targeted criminal aliens in the northern part of the state.
Homan said on "Fox & Friends" that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's (D) warning was reckless and put his officers' lives in greater danger. He also said around 800 criminal aliens were able to elude capture because of her warning.
"What she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling 'police' when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood, except she did it to a whole community. This is beyond the pale," he said.
More than 150 arrests were made in a three-day sweep of the Oakland and Fresno areas. Schaaf declared in her alert that she was acting to keep families from being broken apart.
"It is Oakland's legal right to be a sanctuary city and we have not broken any laws. We believe our community is safer when families stay together," she said on Saturday night.
I do not regret sharing this information. It is Oakland’s legal right to be a sanctuary city and we have not broken any laws. We believe our community is safer when families stay together. pic.twitter.com/ng13yq431L
— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) February 28, 2018
Homan said Schaaf's actions have made the residents of Oakland less safe, allowing illegal immigrants who have committed crimes to remain in the community.
"I just can't believe it happened," he said.
Steve Doocy asked Homan whether Schaaf's actions constitute obstruction of justice. Homan said the Justice Department is reviewing the matter.
Watch the full interview above.