Back in March, when the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was facing increased scrutiny — but nowhere near the fever pitch of the past 6 weeks — a spokesman resigned.
James Schwab, who had been assigned the agency’s San Francisco Division didn’t just slip out quietly. Instead, he spoke with news outlets and said he felt he had no other choice but to resign because he could no longer “bear the burden” of spreading falsehoods on behalf of the Trump administration. He further refuted “false statements” made my the agency and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The statements to which Schwab was referring included a statement wherein Libby Schaff, the mayor of Oakland, was criticized for her decision to warn her city’s residents that a raid there would be an imminent raid by by federal immigration agents targeting roughly 1,000 people in the area.
The agency’s deputy director, Thomas D. Homan, said that Ms. Schaaf’s warning had helped “864 criminal aliens and public safety threats” to evade capture in the raid.
A relevant excerpt taken from the official ICE statement is quoted below:
“Sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco and Oakland shield dangerous criminal aliens from federal law enforcement at the expense of public safety. Because these jurisdictions prevent ICE from arresting criminal aliens in the secure confines of a jail, they also force ICE officers to make more arrests out in the community, which poses increased risks for law enforcement and the public. The Oakland mayor’s decision to publicize her suspicions about ICE operations further increased that risk for my officers and alerted criminal aliens – making clear that this reckless decision was based on her political agenda with the very federal laws that ICE is sworn to uphold,” said ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan. “Thanks to the dedicated and professional work of ICE deportation officers, we were able to remove many public safety threats from the streets of the Bay Area during the past few days. However, 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. Unlike the politicians who attempt to undermine ICE’s critical mission, our officers will continue to fulfill their sworn duty to protect public safety.”
Mr. Swhab told the San Francisco Chronicle: “I asked them to change the information, I told them that the information was wrong, they asked me to deflect, and I didn’t agree with that. Then I took some time and I quit.”
As the lies being told to prop up the zero tolerance policy as well as other punitive measures to leverage the lives of immigrants against Emperor Trump’s wish for “a wall” are being debunked almost as quickly as they’re being uttered by ICE and assorted Trump officials, Mr. Schwab is probably feeling more righteous than ever for having left the agency… now that ICE is being name-checked by the United Nations for full-on human rights violations.