ICE Spokesman Quits, Bashes Trump Administration On Immigration Raids

ICE Spokesman Quits, Bashes Trump Administration On Immigration Raids

However, whereas Dyrdahl-Roberts previously told the Daily Dot that his resignation was a direct action to impede ICE's function, Schwab told the Fox affiliate that said he "may not agree" with all of Mayor Schaaf's actions in warning undocumented immigrants about the raid.

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"Personally I think her actions were misguided and not responsible", Schwab told CNN. Trump administration officials have since claimed that her warning led to "864 criminal aliens" remaining "at large in the community".

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

"While we disagree with Mr. Schwab on this issue, we appreciate his service and wish him well". "To say that 100 percent are risky criminals on the street, or that those people weren't picked up because of the misguided actions of the mayor, is just wrong", Schwab said.

Data from ICE has also shown that the agency saw a significantly higher rate of arrest for immigrants without a criminal background under the Trump administration, with a 171 percent spike in the share of non-criminals arrested in 2017 compared to the year before.

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

Pelosi has repeatedly called Trump's enforcement efforts "cowardly", and blamed ICE for terrorizing immigrant communities, however, Homan said agents are just protecting Americans.

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"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.

"Director Homan and the Attorney General said there were 800 people at large and free to roam because of the actions of the Oakland Mayor", Schwab told CNN.

In the weeks following Schaaf's tip-off, Homan, Sessions, and Trump all lambasted the Oakland mayor and cited similar figures. But she suggested that 800 immigrants had not evaded arrest because of Schaaf's warning.

During the four-day operation, ICE made 232 arrests.

Of the battle over how to properly characterize the events, Schwab 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". According to the Washington Post, Schwab was previously a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Army Reserve Element, a public affairs office for the NASA Ames Research Center, and a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Department of Defense, before joining ICE in 2015.

"Our democracy depends on public servants who act with integrity and hold transparency in the highest regard", she added.

Schwab's departure follows the February resignation of a Montana Labor Department worker Jordon Dyrdahl-Roberts who quit his job as a legal assistant after being told he'd have to process labor records subpoenas for ICE.

"ICE has no choice but to continue to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at work sites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests, instead of focusing on arrests at jails and prisons where transfers are safer for ICE officers and the community", the agency said. "It was my first time being asked to do that".

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