Oakland, CA., is a known “sanctuary city,” in fact the whole state allegedly is. The mayor of this city has overstepped her position of authority by alerting illegal immigrants of a potential ICE raid.
Mayor Libby Schaaf already vowed once that she is willing to go to jail to protect illegals, and the feds might hold her to that promise.
After Schaaf’s stunt, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during a White House press conference on Thursday that the Department of Justice is “review[ing]” her potentially illegal actions. This act could legally be considered attempting to “conceal, harbor, or shield” an illegal alien, which is a direct violation of 8 U.S. Code § 1324.
8 U.S. Code § 1324 (a) (1) (A) (iii)
Any person who, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law,conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation shall be punished as provided in subparagraph (B).
8 U.S. Code § 1324 (a) (1) (B) (ii)
A person who violates subparagraph (A) shall, for each alien in respect to whom such a violation occurs in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(ii), (iii), (iv), or (v)(II), be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
“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,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.
So how did Schaaf commit this crime? She tweeted it out in a public statement directed to illegal immigrants:
— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) February 25, 2018
That isn’t all she did. Schaaf continued to inform multiple Bay Area city mayors about the possible raid as, SFGate reports.
Needless to say, ICE’s Acting Director Thomas D. Homan was more than peeved with Schaaf.
“Sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco and Oakland shield dangerous criminal aliens from federal law enforcement at the expense of public safety,” Homan said in a statement Tuesday. “The Oakland mayor’s decision to publicize her suspicions about ICE operations further increased [risks] for my officers and alerted criminal aliens — making clear that this reckless decision was based on her political agenda with the very federal laws that ICE is sworn to uphold.”
Homan said that the four-day sweep resulted in 232 arrests, including 115 illegal immigrants with prior convictions for “serious or violent” crimes — including assault, weapons violations, and sex crimes against children — or those who have been convicted for “significant or multiple” misdemeanors. The acting director said a total of 864 criminal immigrants are still at large in the sanctuary cities in the area. “I have to believe that some of them were able to elude us thanks to the mayor’s irresponsible decision,” he said, the Times reports.
“I do not regret sharing this information,” Schaaf said in her statement on Tuesday. “It is Oakland’s legal right to be a sanctuary city and we have not broken any laws. We believe our community is safer when families stay together.”
In its report of her warning to illegal immigrants, Fox News noted that Schaaf “said in January that she’d be willing to go to jail to defend the city’s sanctuary city status, and has openly opposed the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration.”‘