ShareThis Page
World

Immigration chief: 800 avoid arrest due to mayor's warning

| Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, 12:48 p.m.
In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, photo released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, foreign nationals are arrested during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles. A federal immigration official says about 800 people living in Northern California were able to avoid arrest because of a warning by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Thomas Homan, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief, told 'Fox and Friends' Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, that what Schaaf did was 'no better than a gang lookout yelling 'police' when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood.' (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP, File)
In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, photo released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, foreign nationals are arrested during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles. A federal immigration official says about 800 people living in Northern California were able to avoid arrest because of a warning by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Thomas Homan, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief, told 'Fox and Friends' Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, that what Schaaf did was 'no better than a gang lookout yelling 'police' when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood.' (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP, File)
Acting Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan said he was retiring.
Associated Press
Acting Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan said he was retiring.
In this May 13, 2016 file photo, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, speaks at a news conference in Oakland, Calif. A federal immigration official says about 800 people living in Northern California were able to avoid arrest because of a warning by Schaaf. Thomas Homan, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief, told 'Fox and Friends' Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, that what Schaaf did was 'no better than a gang lookout yelling 'police' when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood.' (AP Photo/Ben Margot, FIle)
In this May 13, 2016 file photo, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, speaks at a news conference in Oakland, Calif. A federal immigration official says about 800 people living in Northern California were able to avoid arrest because of a warning by Schaaf. Thomas Homan, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief, told 'Fox and Friends' Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, that what Schaaf did was 'no better than a gang lookout yelling 'police' when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood.' (AP Photo/Ben Margot, FIle)

OAKLAND, Calif. — A federal immigration official says about 800 people living in Northern California were able to avoid arrest because of a warning by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

Thomas Homan, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief, told “Fox and Friends” Wednesday that what Schaaf did was “no better than a gang lookout yelling ‘police' when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood.”

Homan says the Justice Department is looking into whether Schaaf obstructed justice. He said Schaaf's actions have made residents less safe.

The mayor warned residents Saturday night of large-scale raids by immigration agents in the San Francisco Bay Area.

ICE said on Tuesday that agents arrested more than 150 people in California after the mayor's warning in a sweep that covered cities from Sacramento to Stockton in the Central Valley.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me