‘Enabling violent criminals to roam free in her community…is a dereliction of her duty…’
(John Wynne, Liberty Headlines) Earlier this year, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf alerted illegal aliens in the city about a pending immigration enforcement raid, obstructing Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s mission.
Now she’s being sued in a California court by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI).
According to a press release from the organization, IRLI is seeking communications records from Schaaf and members of her senior staff and other members of city government, including Oakland Chief of Police Anne Kirkpatrick.
The communications records could detail the leadup to Schaaf’s decision to inform the public of the ICE raid.
Her office ignored a previous public records request which could uncover this material.
As a result of Schaaf’s warning, over 800 criminal aliens were able to disappear before the raid.
Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan earlier said that Schaaf had acted like a “gang lookout.”
“What Mayor Schaaf did leading up to the ICE operation was dangerous, irresponsible, and shockingly immoral,” said Dale Wilcox, executive director and general counsel of IRLI. “Enabling violent criminals to roam free in her community – or anywhere else in America they may care to go – is a dereliction of her duty as a mayor and a citizen. Her office needs to release the records so her constituents can see what led to this unconscionable act.”
Not everyone believes what Schaaf did was dangerous and immoral.
In the aftermath of the warning and the press coverage she received, many on the Left proclaimed her a hero.
But the thwarted ICE raid may have consequences for American citizens.
Don Rosenberg, who founded Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime, knows this all too well.
Rosenberg’s son was killed when an illegal alien from Honduras ran him over with his vehicle in San Francisco.
The alien later obtained temporary immigration status.
“Politicians like Libby Schaaf may claim they are compassionate, but thwarting ICE operations puts innocent people’s lives in danger,” said Rosenberg. “The politicians in San Francisco made the same claim and my son is now dead.”
Read the full press release on IRLI’s suit against Schaaf’s office here.