Local ICE spokesman resigns over Jeff Sessions comments

Lester Mason
March 13, 2018

"The people we arrested during this California operation - [who have committed] lascivious acts with a juvenile, assault with deadly weapons, murder - these people were terrorizing immigrant communities", Homan said to FOX Business' Stuart Varney on "Varney & Co".

A US immigration official in Northern California has resigned, accusing the Trump administration of making misleading statements on a recent operation to arrest undocumented immigrants in the area.

Schwab said he brought up his concerns to ICE leadership and was told to "deflect to previous statements".

"I quit because I didn't want to perpetuate misleading facts", he told the newspaper.

"I asked them to change the information", he said.

"I've never been in this situation in 16 nearly 17 years in government where someone asked me to deflect when we absolutely knew something was awry - when the data was not correct" he said.

Schwab, however, said that both the number of potential arrests and the blame heaped on Schaaf by officials were wrong.

"Personally I think her actions were misguided and not responsible", Schwab told CNN. "We were never going to pick up that many people".

The ICE operation, called Keep Safe, began February 25 and was meant to send a message to California leaders that they could not shield immigrants from federal law despite state and local sanctuary policies. "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".

ICE said while they disagreed with Schwab's take on the issue, they wished him well.

The DOJ contends that Schwab "doesn't dispute the number but says: "we were not ever going to be able to capture 100 percent of the target list" of roughly 1,000 undocumented immigrants in Northern California", according to a statement sent to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Donald Trump. Getty Images Trump himself called Schaaf a "disgrace" during speech in Pennsylvania on Saturday night.

Asked about the disputed figures, an ICE spokeswoman in Washington, D.C., Jennifer Elzea, did not respond directly in an email.

"Of the 232 people arrested, ICE stated that 115, or just under half, had "prior felony convictions for serious and violent offenses" or past convictions for 'significant or multiple misdemeanors.' The other half had no criminal history". I was absolutely thinking of them when I made the decision to share the [ICE enforcement] information.

Schwab has now quit his job as a Homeland Security spokesman in San Francisco - but that shouldn't be taken to mean that he agrees with what Schaaf did.

"I commend Mr. Schwab for speaking the truth while under intense pressure to lie", she said in a statement to The Post.

"They were all set, this was long in the planning and she said get out of here and she's telling that to criminals", Trump said. Their claims were questioned by critics - and now by Schwab, a veteran public affairs officer who had worked at the Defense Department and NASA. "I felt like we weren't doing that".

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