The mayor of a self-proclaimed sanctuary city in California issued a warning to illegal immigrants in the Oakland area over the weekend that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers were preparing a major raid, reports The Washington Examiner.

Libby Schaaf released a statement Saturday that said she “learned from multiple sources” that there could be a raid conducted by ICE in Oakland, California as early as the next day. She said the intention of the statement was to protect people and warn them, not to panic them.

Schaaf said she felt it was her “duty and moral obligation as mayor to give those families fair warning when that threat appears imminent,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

Too bad Schaaf doesn’t feel like it is her “duty and moral obligation” to protect the legal citizens who actually voted her into office and who are hard working American citizens.

The mayor also warned Oakland citizens that it was against recently passed California law for business owners to assist ICE officers in immigration enforcement efforts, and also now bans federal agents from accessing employee-only areas, reports the Washington Examiner.


Her warning aligned with previous reports from the Northern California police who said they were not going to cooperate with ICE agents to assist in the deportation of illegal immigrants in that area.

After the mayor’s warning on Saturday of an impending ICE operation, at least four people were detained by federal agents on Sunday. It is unclear if the detentions, which were reported in Sacramento, Napa and Monterey were routine or part of the raid Schaaf warned about.

Schaaf said she would be willing to go to jail to defend the city’s status as a “sanctuary city,” which could be likely considering her actions could be a felony act. Perhaps someone from the federal government should see if she’s true to her word and sentence Schaaf for neglecting her duties as mayor.

Federal law states that if Schaaf is “knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation,” she could be subject to a fine and up to five years in prison for each illegal immigrant she warned of a potential ICE raid.

With this recent email, she released it seems like Attorney General Jeff Sessions should have more than enough evidence to take out Schaaf for her illegal actions.

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BY Isabelle Weeks

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I am a staff writer for DC Statesman and like to report on current events happening in the Trump administration as well as the political world.