ICE spokesman quits; says he re­fused to fudge raid num­bers

The Columbus Dispatch - - Nation&world - By Mark Gomez

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The spokesman for the U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment’s of­fice in San Fran­cisco re­signed last week, say­ing he could not echo state­ments made by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion and ICE of­fi­cials re­gard­ing Oak­land Mayor Libby Schaaf’s re­cent warn­ing about im­mi­gra­tion raids that he knew to be false.

Former ICE spokesman James Sch­wab pointed to state­ments made by act­ing ICE Di­rec­tor Tom Ho­man and At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions, who have stated that Schaaf’s warn­ing Feb. 24 about an ICE raid in north­ern Cal­i­for­nia re­sulted in sev­eral hun­dred un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants elud­ing ar­rest.

Sch­wab said that the state­ment was false, in part, be­cause ICE raids never re­sult in the ar­rest of 100 per­cent of the tar­gets. Sch­wab told KTVU that the four­day op­er­a­tion, which re­sulted in the ar­rests of 232 un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants, was “more suc­cess­ful than the agency had hoped.”

“I quit be­cause I didn’t want to per­pet­u­ate mis­lead­ing facts,” Sch­wab, 38, told the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle. “I asked them to change the in­for­ma­tion. I told them that the in­for­ma­tion was wrong, they asked me to de­flect, and I didn’t agree with that. Then I took some time and I quit.”

ICE spokesper­son Liz John­son is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment re­gard­ing Sch­wab’s res­ig­na­tion.

“Even one crim­i­nal alien on the street can put pub­lic safety at risk, and as Di­rec­tor Ho­man stated, while we can’t put a num­ber on how many tar­gets avoided ar­rest due to the mayor’s warn­ing, it clearly had an im­pact,” John­son wrote.

Sch­wab said he was told to re­in­force state­ments made by top ICE of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing a Feb. 27 press re­lease that re­ported more than 800 un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants eluded ar­rest be­cause of Schaaf’s warn­ing.

Sch­wab took is­sue with the as­ser­tion that Schaaf’s warn­ing re­sulted in sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple es­cap­ing ar­rest.

“Di­rec­tor Ho­man and the at­tor­ney gen­eral said there were 800 peo­ple at large and free to roam be­cause of the ac­tions of the Oak­land mayor,” Sch­wab told CNN. “Per­son­ally, I think her ac­tions were mis­guided and not re­spon­si­ble. I think she could have had other op­tions. But to blame her for 800 dan­ger­ous peo­ple out there is just false.”

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