SAN FRANCISCO – In the days after the mayor of Oakland issued early warnings for the raids, federal immigration officials arrested more than 150 people in California, it said Tuesday
U. S.. Immigration and Customs officials said the agents had carried out the arrests in a three-day cleanup operation on Sunday covering cities from Sacramento in the north to Stockton in the Central Valley. About half of those arrested in the country were convicted, the agency said. On Saturday, Mayor Oakland Libby Schaaf warned local residents that "credible sources" would have warned her of a moral rule "to warn families."
The warning "should give all residents time to learn their rights and theirs (1
Acting ICE director Thomas Homan cursed Schaaf and her city in a statement that limited the sweep of so-called "Sanctuary Cities," which limited cooperation between ICE and local law enforcement agencies.
"Sanctuary ju dangers Like San Francisco and Oakland, dangerous criminal aliens protect from the federal po lizei at the expense of public safety, "said Homan. "Because this jurisdiction prevents ICE from arresting criminal aliens in the secure confines of a prison, they also force ICE officials to make more arrests in the community, resulting in increased risks for law enforcement and the public."
Sanctuary defenders City practices say they actually improve public safety by fostering trust between law enforcement agencies and immigrant communities and by reserving scarce police resources for other, more urgent, crime-fighting needs.
ICE said that those arrested several people for offenses such as a deadly weapon, including a man who had previously been deported to Mexico eight times.
Schaaf defended her decision Tuesday night.
"I do not regret sharing this information," said Schaaf. "It's Oakland's legal right to be a haven town and we have not broken any laws, we believe that our community is safer when families stay together."
The ICE cleanup was the second since last month A nationwide healing law came into force. ICE arrested more than 200 people in Los Angeles earlier this month.