Oakland Mayor Warns Illegal Immigrants of Raid
Oakland’s Democratic Mayor, Libby Schaaf, released a warning to members of the community notifying them of an upcoming raid that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had imposed. The Mayor claimed that her “priority is for the well-being and safety of all residents,” and that is safer when we share information, encourage community awareness, and care for our neighbors.” Mayor Schaaf believed that it is her duty and moral obligation to give the targeted immigrants and their families fair warning when that threat becomes imminent. However, for ICE, that was not the smart nor helpful thing to do, especially in efforts of protecting this nation. “The raid led to the arrest of 232 illegal immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area, 180 of which ICE said “were either convicted criminals, had been issued a final order of removal and failed to depart the United States, or had been previously removed” from the country and had come back illegally.” ICE states that if it were not for the warning given by Mayor Schaaf, there would have been greater numbers in the amount of arrests.