Trump war on Oakland mayor over ICE raid warnings
By David Martosko, Us Political Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 14:32 EST, 8 March 2018 | Updated: 14:32 EST, 8 March 2018
Donald Trump said Thursday that the federal government is considering whether to take action against Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf for warning illegal immigrants in her city about impending federal immigration raids.
And he came down squarely on the side of Jeff Sessions the day after the attorney general sued the state of California for harboring them with 'sanctuary city' policies.
Trump suggested that federal grants to states, counties and municipalities should obligate those governments to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other federal authorities.
'I do think we should have legislation where we put an extra line in the money that we give them. You want the money? You can't have the sanctuary cities,' he said.
'That way we avoid the court battles all the time – which we probably will win, but who needs it?'
Donald Trump blasted Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf on Thursday for warning illegal immigrants ahead of an ICE sweep last month, an action that he says helped 85 per cent of the operation's targets escape custody
Trump also backed up the Justice Department's immigration lawsuit against California, suggesting that grants to state and local governments should obligate them to cooperate with federal immigration authorities
Trump said openly defiant public officials 'harbor dangerous criminals' by standing in the way of arrests and deportations.
So-called 'sanctuary cities' refuse to honor federal detention orders for illegal immigrants whom ICE wants held instead of released on bond or at the end of their sentences.
Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf warned illegal immigrants last month about potential ICE raids in her city, drawing a 'How dare you?' from Sessions and a presidential statement that it was 'a disgrace'
Schaaf issued a press release on February 24 to warn of an expected ICE operation.
'Oakland police officers are prohibited from participating in ICE activities,' she said, adding that she wanted city residents 'to prepare, not panic.'
She said she was trying to give immigrant families subject to 'arrest and deportation' a 'fair warning.'
Trump lashed out on Thursday, saying her action 'was a disgrace.'
ICE was preparing to scoop up nearly 1,000 illegal immigrants, he said during a Cabinet meeting, but Schaaf's heads-up scared away all but 150.
'Many of them, they say 85 per cent of them, were criminals and had criminal records,' the president said.
'This was long in the planning, and she said, "Get out of here." And she's telling that to criminals. And it's certainly something that we're looking at, with respect to her individually,' Trump added.
Trump said during a cabinet meeting that defiant public officials 'harbor dangerous criminals' by standing in the way of arrests and deportations
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday that his new lawsuit will stop California governments from standing in the way of federal immigration enforcement by challenging 'sanctuary state' and 'sanctuary city' laws
Schaaf said Tuesday that Oakland would 'continue to inform all residents about their constitutional rights.'
Sessions unveiled the Justice Department's lawsuit on Wednesday, firing his own barb at Schaaf – who he said 'has been actively seeking to help illegal aliens avoid apprehension.'
'Her actions support those who flout the law and boldly validate illegality,' he said. 'There's no other way to interpret those remarks.'
'Here's my message to Mayor Schaaf: How dare you? How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of law enforcement officers to promote your radical open borders agenda?'Read More...