Oakland mayor warns residents, including illegals, of upcoming ICE operation in Bay Area.
In January, Oakland strengthened its commitment to being a “sanctuary city” by barring city employees from helping immigration agents — and local leaders braced for a showdown with President Trump. Shortly after the unanimous vote, Mayor Libby Schaaf (D) told a reporter that, yes, she would be willing to go to jail to “protect all of our residents regardless of where we come from.”
The defiant attitude has apparently remained unchanged.
On Saturday, Schaaf issued a news release, shared widely by her Twitter followers, warning that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement “is preparing to conduct an operation in the Bay Area, including Oakland, starting as soon as within the next 24 hours.”
“As Mayor of Oakland, I am sharing this information publicly not to panic our residents but to protect them,” she said in the statement, adding that the information was based on “multiple credible sources.”