JUST IN: ICE spokesman in sanctuary city resigns

BY TRACY MATHESON / MARCH 13, 2018 /

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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.

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.”