DOJ Considering Obstruction Charges For Mayor Who Warned of ICE Raid

The Department of Justice is reviewing whether Oakland's mayor obstructed justice by attempting to thwart ICE arrests.

Oakland, CA – The Department of Justice is reviewing whether or not Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf obstructed justice on Feb. 24, when she issued a warning to illegal immigrants that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials were planning to conduct mass arrests throughout the Bay Area.

“I am sharing this information publicly not to panic our residents but to protect them,” Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a press release at the time. “We want residents to prepare.”

"What she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling 'police' when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood, except she did it to a whole community,” acting ICE Director Thomas Homan told FOX News on Wednesday morning.

"There's over 800 significant public safety threat criminals ... that we are unable to locate because of that warning, so that community's a lot less safe than it would've been," he continued.

During her Feb. 24 announcement, Schaaf, who is seeking reelection, said she felt it was her “duty” as mayor to alert illegal immigrants about the impending raids.

“I know that Oakland is a city of law-abiding immigrants and families who deserve to live free from the constant threat of arrest and deportation,” Schaaf said, according to The Seattle Times. “I believe it is my duty and moral obligation as mayor to give those families fair warning when that threat appears imminent.”

“We understand ICE has used activity rumors in the past as a tactic to create fear,” she added.

Schaaf said that she consulted with “legal counsel” prior to issuing the warning, and that she was “confident that my sharing of this information, because I did not receive it through official channels, is legal,” The Seattle Times reported.

ICE had arrested more than 150 illegal immigrants in the Oakland area as of Tuesday, despite Schaaf’s warning, FOX News reported.

However, Homan blamed Schaaf for enabling 864 other illegal immigrants to avoid apprehension.

According to ICE, about half of those arrested during the three-day raids had criminal convictions for offenses including assault and battery, crimes against children, and weapons charges.

“Sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco and Oakland shield dangerous criminal aliens from federal law enforcement at the expense of public safety,” Homan said, according to KRON. “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.”

Homan argued that Schaaf’s “reckless decision was based on her political agenda,” and said that agents will continue to protect public safety, “unlike the politicians who attempt to undermine ICE’s critical mission,” FOX News reported.

Schaaf defended her decision again in a tweet on Tuesday, and said she did “not regret sharing this information.”

“It is Oakland’s legal right to be a sanctuary city and we have not broken any laws,” the mayor wrote.

U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D – California) defended Schaaf in the wake of the raids, and said she was “outraged and devastated” that ICE had “instilled fear throughout our community,” KRON reported.

“Make no mistake, these raids are a direct result of President Trump’s xenophobic, anti-immigrant agenda – an agenda I condemn and remain committed to resisting,” Lee said.

Do you think that the mayor criminally obstructed justice? We'd like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.

Comments (23)
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bronx163
bronx163

LOCK THAT LIBERAL COMMIE UP. THE LAW IS THE LAW. AIDING AND ABETTING CRIMINAL ALIENS IS BREAKING THE LAW AND OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT AS AN ELECTED GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL. OBSTRUCTING FEDERAL AGENTS FROM ENFORCING IMMIGRATION VIOLATIONS AND THE LAW. COLLAR HER AND SEND A MESSAGE YOU TWO WILL BE NEXT IF YOU FOLLOW HER BS.
LOCK UP ALL MAYORS, TOWN SUPERVISORS, CHIEFS OF POLICE SHERIFFS POLICE COMMISIONERS WHO DO THE SAME.
ENOUGH MAKE THEM ALL DO PERP WALK CUFFED IN FRONT OF THE MEDIA.

NFPD103
NFPD103

She did break a law a federal law with her actions and should result in a criminal charge against her.

Goldbear5
Goldbear5

Guilty and will be charged!
Will send msg and put Chicago Mayor and other liberal law breakers they are next!!!

kycopmom
kycopmom

What happened to cutting federal funds to these cities?

BorninAmerica
BorninAmerica

All Mayor's and Governer's that warn illegal's of Federal ICE Agent's coming into there town need to be arrested for obstruction of justice. Relived of their jobs and sent to Guantanamo for putting American's in harm's way!

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Charge her! Or we are no longer a country of laws.

DeputyDog
DeputyDog

Yes charge her and let the Court's decide.

dusty103
dusty103

What's this "considering?" If anyone can violate the law and skate so easily it's no wonder that criminals are running rampant.

jericho777
jericho777

Of course she did, had it been a civilian who did this, they would have long been charged with a felony and received a harsh sentence.

refurb001
refurb001

You can thank Obama and the democrats for instilling this attitude that the can IGNORE the law if they don't like it..............

Old Fokker
Old Fokker

I cannot believe that this 'Mayor' is still walking free. If you dig deep, you will find, treason, sedition, and maybe a bag of meth from those she illegally protects...

smiddelstadt
smiddelstadt

Wouldn’t it also be considered harboring fugitives?

aprilellis79
aprilellis79

Thankfully Tx has stopped funding sanctuary cities. Tx. Takes these issues seriously, but puts the safety of its residents first. God Bless Tx!

Rving
Rving

Considering charges?

b1rd
b1rd

Again, if she would work with ICE and give up the criminals she would do a better job of protecting the illegal immigrants that don't break the law (oxymoron).

Buzz17
Buzz17

Charging her should be a "no-brainer". She's publicly admits she's committed a crime & she has no remorse for doing so. I still think CA should be expelled from the Union for their widespread corruption & breaking of federal laws.

Milman
Milman

Apparently, Liberals have a hard time discriminating between ILLEGAL Immigrants and LEGAL Immigrants. We have no problem with the latter. Our LAWS agree with us!

Combokid
Combokid

ICE IS NOT ARRESTING IMMIGRANTS THEY ARE AFTER ILLEGAL ALIENS. THE DEMOCRATS PROTECT ILLEGALS AND ARE GIVING THEM VOTING RIGHTS BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT IS THEIR ONLY CHANCE FOR REELECTION. ARREST HER NOW AND STOP PUBLISHING UPCOMING OPERATIONS IN ADVANCE.

Marybeth1959
Marybeth1959

She is a felon simple as that and she should be deported along with the 800+ illegals she admits to harboring

SheepDog1
SheepDog1

We need to start taking serious actions against these liberal idiots in office. Just make up your own rules as you go....SMH.

RonH
RonH

My problem is, and it should be every American's problem too, is that the DOJ is always threatening charges, and investigating the lawlessness of government officials lately and does absolutely nothing at all. Yes, they should bring charges, and arrest all the lawless government officials, ex government officials, ad any Mayor, Governor, or Congressman that defies federal laws.