The Department of Justice is reviewing the actions of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who last weekend alerted residents in advance of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid in Northern California.
“I think it’s outrageous that a mayor would circumvent federal authorities and certainly put them in danger by making a move such as that,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.
She said Schaaf’s actions were under “review” but would not be more specific.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Schaaf defended her statement, saying she felt it was her duty to warn residents of the ICE action. She showed no remorse for putting law enforcement officers in danger.
Oakland, like many California cities, has declared itself a sanctuary for those here illegally, and officials there have vowed to fight President Trump’s immigration crackdown.
In ICE’s four-day operation that ended Wednesday, agents arrested 232 people suspected of violating immigration laws, the agency said Thursday.
Of those, 115 had prior convictions for “serious or violent” crimes or “significant or multiple” misdemeanors. The offenses include sex crimes against children, weapons violations and assault, the agency said.
On Tuesday, before agents had wrapped up the operation, Homan had said 864 immigrants with criminal histories are still at large despite the raids that led to arrests in cities including Stockton, Sacramento, San Francisco and Bay Point. He blamed Schaaf in part.