JUST IN: ICE spokesman in sanctuary city resigns
After claiming that the Trump administration is disseminating inaccurate information, a spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in San Francisco resigned on Monday.
“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,” James Schwab told CNN.
James Schwab, a spokesman for the San Francisco Division of ICE, has resigned, citing what he says are falsehoods being spread by members of the Trump administration including Attorney General Jeff Sessions https://t.co/j5MgAuLVfq
— CNN (@CNN) March 13, 2018
Schwab contended that ICE acting director Tom Homan and Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited misleading and inaccurate information following a warning of an impending ICE raid issued to illegal aliens in Oakland by Mayor Libby Schaaf .
Schaaf’s warning prompted Homan to release a statement noting that “864 criminal aliens and public safety threats remain at large in the community, and I have to believe that some of them were able to elude us thanks to the mayor’s irresponsible decision.”
In a speech delivered last week in Sacramento, Sessions said that 800 wanted criminals were still at large in northern California due to Schaaf’s warning.
Schwab took issue with Homan and Sessions.
“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 said. “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.”
Schwab, a registered Democrat, asserted that he has been a faithful federal servant for nearly 17 years under both Republican and Democratic administrations.
Following Schwab’s resignation, Mayor Schaaf said, “I commend Mr. Schwab for speaking the truth while under intense pressure to lie. Our democracy depends on public servants who act with integrity and hold transparency in the highest regard.”
James Schwab, who turned in his resignation on Friday, made sure to point out that there are many individual ICE agents who are good, honest, hardworking people. But he said he couldn’t work at a place anymore where he couldn’t keep his integrity. https://t.co/NSlBPaHoaD pic.twitter.com/ItGB915glT
— Lisa Fernandez (@ljfernandez) March 13, 2018
Responding to @haleaziz scoop on James Schwab’s resignation, another ICE spokesperson says that while the agency can’t “put a number on” how many avoided arrest due to Schaaf, they “disagree” with Schwab, who quit BECAUSE ICE PUT A NUMBER ON THIS
— Demian Bulwa (@demianbulwa) March 13, 2018
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