ICE spokesman quits, dis­putes claims 800 eluded ar­rest

Imperial Valley Press - - LOCAL & REGION -

SAN FRAN­CISCO (AP) — The U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment spokesman in San Fran­cisco has re­signed af­ter be­com­ing frus­trated by Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion state­ments about a re­cent sweep tar­get­ing il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion.

James Sch­wab told the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle on Mon­day that top of­fi­cials re­peat­edly said roughly 800 im­mi­grants “crim­i­nals” to elude cap­ture.

Sch­wab says the state­ments were mis­lead­ing be­cause the agency never cap­tures every­one on its tar­get lists.

ICE spokesper­son Liz John­son said in a state­ment that the mayor’s warn­ing “clearly had an im­pact” but the agency can’t put a num­ber on how many peo­ple avoided ar­rest.

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