ICE Spokesman Resigns Because Trump Administration Spreads Falsehoods

Resigning ICE spokesman: Sessions lied about immigration arrests

The row has unfolded amid the resignation of a San Francisco spokesman for ICE, who said he could no longer represent the agency after Trump administration officials repeatedly made false public statements about the Northern California raids. ICE, he said, never arrests 100 percent of the people it targets for operation. ICE San Diego also arrested and detained almost 640 illegal aliens with a criminal history in that same time period. "But to blame her for 800 risky people out there is just false", Schwab told CNN.

An ICE spokesperson told Newsweek on Tuesday that while the agency "can't put a number on how many targets avoided arrest due to the mayor's warning, it clearly had an impact", adding that "while we disagree with Mr. Schwab on this issue, we appreciate his service and wish him well". "I told them that the information was wrong, they asked me to deflect, and I didn't agree with that".

Schwab went on to tell an Oakland Fox affiliate that the operation was expected to arrest "far fewer" than the 232 suspected undocumented people it did.

"Personally I think her actions were misguided and not responsible".

"Sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco and Oakland shield risky criminal aliens from federal law enforcement at the expense of public safety", Homan said of Schaaf's warning. "To say that 100 percent are unsafe criminals on the street, or that those people weren't picked up because of the misguided actions of the mayor, is just wrong", Schwab said.

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Meanwhile, President Trump, who called Schaaf a disgrace during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, said ICE was prepared to arrest "close to 1,000 people", but only got "a fraction" of that thanks to Schaaf. The Chronicle quoted unnamed ICE officials confirming Schwab's resignation but declining to discuss specifics, citing confidentiality for personnel matters.

"I asked them to change the information", he said. "Then I took some time and I quit", Schwab said. After Homan said, "I have to believe that some of them were able to elude us", he went further, saying on February 28, "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". "Our democracy depends on public servants who act with integrity and hold transparency in the highest regard".

Of the battle over how to properly characterize the events, Schwab said, "I've never been in this situation in 16, nearly 17 years in government where someone asked me to deflect when we absolutely knew something was awry - when the data was not correct". According to the Washington Post, Schwab was previously a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Army Reserve Element, a public affairs office for the NASA Ames Research Center, and a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Department of Defense, before joining ICE in 2015.

Also last week, Sessions announced a lawsuit against California for impeding federal immigration enforcement and said, "You can be sure I'm going to use every power I have to stop that". 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.

The president will visit California on Tuesday for the first time as president to inspect prototypes for his proposed border wall along the southern border.

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