Oakland, California’s Democratic mayor, Libby Schaaf, gave illegal immigrants in her town a head start when she tweeted out Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to round up a number of illegal aliens guilty of violent crime.
Over two hundred have been rounded up since then, including at least three who were arrested for committing crimes other than the one ICE sought them for in the first place. One of the crimes mentioned in reports was spousal abuse. Another was robbery.
But on Tuesday, officials said that at least three of those who were targeted in the raid, but were not apprehended, had since been arrested for additional crimes.
One was a Mexican national arrested for robbery and gun crimes, who was released back into the community for a prior offense despite an ICE detainer request in November.
Another Mexican national was arrested for a DUI, despite having been deported three times and prior convictions for false imprisonment, DUI and battery of a spouse.
The third was a Mexican national who was arrested for corporal injury of a spouse, despite being deported twice and criminal convictions including drug possession, hit-and-run, DUIs, possessions of narcotics equipment and a parole violation.
Those are some serious rap sheets.
For their part, ICE officials are frustrated by the sorts of leaders like Oakland’s mayor who stymie efforts by federal law enforcement to find illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes.
Acting ICE Director Tom Homan mentioned the three cases at a roundtable on sanctuary cities at the White House on Tuesday. He also expressed frustration at the mixed messages coming from politicians in sanctuary states.
“We are told on one hand to focus efforts on criminals but those same folks who want to focus on criminals don’t let us into the county jails,” he said. “It just defies logic.”
The number of illegal aliens guilty of violent crime who escaped thanks to Schaaf’s heads up is not known, but estimated to be in the hundreds. As for the Trump Administration, one cabinet member was most vocal about a local official messing with federal operations.
“How dare you!” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in California this month, addressing Schaaf. “How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical, open borders agenda.”