(National Sentinel)Â Obstruction: Federal prosecutors are reportedly reviewing statutes to see whether Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf may have violated the law when she tipped off her community to an impending raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents last week.
TheÂ Los Angeles Times reported that the White House announced Thursday that the Justice Department would be looking into the case after ICE officials said that possibly as many as 800 people in the U.S. illegally were allowed to evade capture following the tip-off.
The Times reported that some 232 people were arrested during the raids. ICE Director Thomas Homan heavily criticized Schaaf, adding that her alert put ICE agents and her community in danger. About half of those arrested had been convicted of criminal activities in the U.S., many for violent crimes, Homan said.
“I think it’s outrageous that a mayor would circumvent federal authorities and certainly put them in danger by making a move such as that,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.
Schaaf called ICE agents merely performing their duties “racists.”
California officials have praised Schaaf but the Trump administration has sternly rebuked her.
“The Oakland mayor’s decision to publicize her suspicions about ICE operations further increased that risk for my officers and alerted criminal aliens â€” making clear that this reckless decision was based on her political agenda with the very federal laws that ICE is sworn to uphold,” ICE’s acting director, Thomas D. Homan, said in a statement Tuesday.
“What she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling ‘police’ when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood, except she did it to a whole community. This is beyond the pale,” he toldÂ Fox News this week.
Of those arrested during the four-day operation, the Times reported that 115 had prior convictions for “serious or violent” crimes or “significant or multiple” misdemeanors. The offenses include sex crimes against children, weapons violations and assault, the agency said.
But Homan is most concerned about those who got away.
“I have to believe that some of them were able to elude us thanks to the mayor’s irresponsible decision,” Homan said.
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