A spokesman for the San Francisco Division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has resigned with an accusation against the Trump administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions of spreading “false information” against immigrants.
James Schwab, until Monday an ICE spokesman, stated to CNN, “I just couldn’t bear the burden — continuing on as a representative of the agency and charged with upholding integrity, knowing that information was false”.
Schwab’s comments were inspired by a February 27 press release from Acting ICE Director Thomas D. Homan criticizing Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf as “reckless” and “politically motivated” for publicly warning of broad upcoming ICE raids.
Acting Director Homan criticized the Oakland mayor stating, “The Oakland mayor’s decision to publicize her suspicions about ICE operations further increased that risk 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”.
On behalf of the Trump administration, the Department of Justice, headed by Attorney General Sessions, has taken issue with sanctuary cities, and has recently sued California over state sanctuary policies.
Schwab’s concerns, leading to his resignation, is stated to be the manner in which statements representative of ICE and the Trump administration implied sweeping immigrant criminality and ICE’s representative criticism of Mayor Schaaf’s actions.
The source contributors to this information are Salon: San Francisco ICE spokesman resigns, slams Trump for spreading “false information” and Washington Examiner: San Francisco’s ICE spokesman resigns over ‘false’ information from Trump administration.