According to the San Francisco Chronicle, James Schwab said he resigned as a result of statements coming from the Trump administration and ICE regarding the California Bay Area raid that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf had warned the immigrant community about.
"Those are 800 wanted criminals that are now at large in that community - 800 wanted criminals that ICE will now have to pursue with more difficulty in more risky situations, all because of one mayor's irresponsible action", Sessions had said.
ICE spokesperson Liz Johnson issued the following statement regarding Schwab's resignation. Although he agrees that Schaaf's actions were "misguided" and "not responsible", he takes issue with placing her with the blame of 800 unsafe people remaining at large.
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Schwab said his concerns about the misleading statements were dismissed, and ICE instructed him to "deflect" questions from the media.
"I just couldn't bear the burden-continuing on as a representative of the agency and charged with upholding integrity, knowing that information was false", Schwab said.
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In fact, Schwab told Oakland Fox affiliate KTVU that the raid netted more arrests than initially planned.
He also told CNN that, typically, ICE never arrests 100 percent of people it initially targets in an operation, creating a misleading picture that the missed arrests in the recent Northern California operation were unusual. "And the mayor of Oakland went out and warned them, scattered, so instead of taking in 1,000, they took in a fraction of that".
"It's the job of a public affairs officer to offer transparency for the agency you work for".
"I commend Mr. Schwab for speaking the truth while under intense pressure to lie", she said in a statement to The Post.
"Our democracy depends on public servants who act with integrity and hold transparency in the highest regard", she said. Jordon Dyrdahl-Roberts wrote a piece in mid-February detailing his hard decision to resign as legal secretary for the Montana Department of Labor and Industry because he didn't want to help process documents that could help ICE track down and deport undocumented immigrants.
Mr. Schwab told CNN that he thought Ms. Schaaf's actions were "misguided", but that blaming her "for 800 risky people out there is just false". Schwab told CNN he'd "never" been in a situation "where someone asked me to deflect when we absolutely knew something was awry".
ICE Director Thomas Homan said in a statement that "there's 800 that we are unable to locate because of that warning, so that community is a lot less safe than it would have been". "It was my first time being asked to do that", said Schwab, whose resignation was confirmed by the officials of the agency.