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ICE raids net over 200 illegal immigrants in Northern California

ICE raids net over 200 illegal immigrants in Northern California

Another 800 may have been missed because of Oakland mayor’s tweets.

It appears that over 200 illegal immigrants in Northern California ignored the warnings of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who warned on Twitter of impending ICE raids.

Federal immigration officials concluded Wednesday a days-long sweep of Northern California in the days since a warning of their raid was blasted out by a public official — a move which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says “created another magnet for more illegal immigration.”

Since Sunday, 232 individuals who violated federal immigration laws were arrested in the San Francisco Bay Area, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in a news release Thursday.

The arrests were part of a four-day targeted operation that ran from the Bakersfield area to the Oregon border.

Officials said that of the 232 people arrested, 180 of them “were either convicted criminals, had been issued a final order of removal and failed to depart the United States, or had been previously removed” from the country and came back illegally.

I sure hope the employers had all their postings in order before the raids started.

Officials project that several hundred illegal immigrants may have heeded Schaaf’s warning.

“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,” ICE’s acting director, Thomas D. Homan, said in a statement Tuesday.

Speaking on “Fox and Friends,” Homan added that the mayor’s warning helped an estimated 800 “criminal aliens” avoid capture. He also said federal authorities were examining her actions.

“What she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling ‘police’ when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood, except she did it to a whole community. This is beyond the pale,” he said.

Reviewing Schaaf’s warning during an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, former Bush White House official John Yoo indicated that the Oakland Mayor was coming close to “obstruction of justice“.

Yoo, who served in the Justice Department and now teaches at the University of California-Berkeley, said that “state officers cannot obstruct federal law,” noting that “we had a civil war over this.”

“You have mayors who are encouraging the subversion of federal law,” he said.

Yoo added that Schaaf and others like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) are “coming very close to obstruction of justice.”

Despite the setback caused my the Schaaf’s tweet, the hyperbolic reaction from illegal immigrant advocates in the state suggest that the raids are having an impact.

“This is retaliation from an administration hostile to immigrants,” said David Huerta, President of the Service Employees International Union United Service Workers West. “Fruit is going to die on the vine this year because of this administration. This government does not understand the contribution of immigrant labor to whole industries, and their failure to see that will have its consequences.”

The only produce that is dying on the vine is the fruit of the tree poisoned by policies that do not protect America’s legal citizens.


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SEIU supports illegal activities. A union supporting illegal actions… how quaint. Maybe if all these workers were legally in the country they could be getting better wages. I dislike the “some jobs Americans won’t do”… that is belittling both Americans and hard working legal foreign workers.

What are the chances that a thirty year old illegal from Mexico, Honduras or Columbia living in Emeryville, Lodi or Redding are /following the mayor of Oakland’s twitter feed? And upon reading that tweet grabbed their illegal immigrant sanctuary state go-bag and fled to greener pastures?

    Same chance as high school kids in Florida renting tour buses.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to | March 3, 2018 at 6:05 pm

      Speaking of which…..

      “Why Did It Take Two Weeks for the Media to Report on the Parkland Students’ Astroturfing?”

      “…Debbie Wassermann Schultz aiding in the lobbying in Tallahassee,

      a teachers union organizing the buses that got the kids there,

      Michael Bloomberg’s groups and the

      Women’s March working on the upcoming March For Our Lives, doing social media promotion and (potentially) march logistics, and training for student activists provided by federally funded

      Planned Parenthood….

      “The media, of course, knew all this. They knew that when they called up these Magical Kids for TV shots, they were actually talking with the Magical Kids’ not-so-magical Hollywood publicity agents. And they surely knew their Democrat pals like Debbie Wasserman Schultz were helping the Magical Kids cast some spells….”

      The mayor and her donk pals at MoveOn and Socialist Alternative et. al. chartered busses for 800 criminal illegals and shipped them out of state? Or to some low profile place like Jenner on the coast or Santa Cruz?

      That’s a load of bull-s and you damn well know it. Things are bad enough, we dont need to make sh*t up. Please, don’t lecture me. I’ve lived in NorCal all my life. I see the results of unfettered immigration daily. Just because i don’t buy some line of crap about illegals doesn’t make me a Bolshevik straight out of a comintern meeting in Berkeley.

        CalFed in reply to Tiki. | March 3, 2018 at 8:42 pm

        I’ve lived in Northern California almost all my life too. Certainly long enough to know that your claim that the Mayor’s warning, which was amplified by the Media, had little or no effect on ICE’s enforcement effort is garbage.

    CalFed in reply to Tiki. | March 3, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    The Mayors warning was not confined to her twitter feed. It received wide and continuing coverage in most of the Bay Area media. An illegal would have to be deaf and blind not to have heard though the various media sources that ICE was coming.

      Tiki in reply to CalFed. | March 4, 2018 at 4:57 pm

      The first thing an illegal alien criminal does after getting home from ‘work?’ The little woman packs his pipe with longbottom weed and serves up a hot toddy. Only then does he settle in to watch KPIX action news at six. Checks his twitter feed. Leafs through the evening edition of the SJ Mercury. Then clicks over to watch PBS.

      Yeah, I buy that.

So if a criminal alien who was on the ICE list commits a felony against a NoCal citizen now, can that citizen sue the heck out of the mayor?

If the party affiliation were the other way around, next election you would see candidates running : “This is little Myra. Her father/mother/uncle was killed by a criminal, who Mayor Schaaf made sure was able to walk the streets. The mayor’s actions kept hundreds of similar criminals out in our city, waiting to commit their next crime. Their next target… could be you. Vote for X for mayor this November to keep these criminals behind bars where they belong.”

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to georgfelis. | March 3, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    1) In reality, Sovereign Immunity would protect the Left from any such lawsuit. No legal, law abiding US citizen can successfully sue a Democrat government for damages deliberately inflicted by that government. Only illegal invaders and criminals.

    2) No Republican in California would dream of opposing a Democrat like that. They might accidentally win.

[Homan] also said federal authorities were examining her actions.

John Yoo indicated that the Oakland Mayor was coming close to “obstruction of justice“.

Enough with the feeble bullshit. More than enough. Press charges, or shut up about it. If what she’s doing is legal, then we’re dealing with policy differences, not crimes. And any attempt to pretend that policy differences are crimes is just so … so … so disgustingly liberal. So fer crissakes stop doing it.

The labor organizer thinks fruit will die on the vine because 220 criminals got arrested? And law enforcement think a tweet from a nobody mayor caused 800 felons to escape their dragnet?

We’re being trolled. By both sides.

    CalFed in reply to Tiki. | March 3, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    The mayor put out a press release on her twitter account , including a header in all caps “FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE” advising of the impending ICE raids. Bay Area media outlets then put the word out. Illegals would have to have been deaf and blind not to get the word.

    That’s how it works in California, Tiki.

      Tiki in reply to CalFed. | March 3, 2018 at 7:34 pm




        CalFed in reply to Tiki. | March 3, 2018 at 7:44 pm

        Someone in Willows may or may not have heard the Mayor’s warning. Illegals living in the Bay area, where most of the enforcement action took place almost certainly did.

          Tiki in reply to CalFed. | March 3, 2018 at 7:56 pm

          Yeah, I know how California works. Lived in San Mateo, San Carlos, Burlingame, downtown SF, Santa Cruz and Sacramento. I see illegal ag workers everday. I also know when cops inflate figures to get people riled up.

    Mac45 in reply to Tiki. | March 4, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Here is how these things work.

    A federal law enforcement agency identifies a large number of criminals. It develops an operational plan to round these people up. As the implementation of this plan will require a significant number of federal LEOs to be running around in an urban area in the early morning and late night hours, when their targets are at home, the agency notifies the local LEA, in this case the Oakland PD, to avoid dangerous confrontations between local dn federal LEOs. This is pretty much SOP in these cases.

    However, in Oakland, this op involves the enforcement of immigration law. And, the political hierarchy of Oakland supports those who violate federal immigration law, much as the hierarchy of Chicago supported those who violated the Volstead Act. So, the OPD officer who is notified of the federal op notifies his supervisor, who notifies his and eventually the Chief of Police is notified. The Chief, being just another politician notifies the mayor. The mayor then makes a public announcement of the impending federal LE op. Does this tip off the immigrant community? Possibly, especially if the local media rebroadcasts it along with the national media. Then, of course, it is rebroadcast by every bodega, liquor store and barber shop employee, which services this demographic, along with relatives of those who are the targets of the op and, not unexpectedly, many of these people simply disappear, for a while.

    I find your naivete of how the world works intriguing.

      CalFed in reply to Mac45. | March 5, 2018 at 3:19 pm


      The Mayor put the word out in a very public way, knowing that the word would get out to the illegals.

      Tiki comes along and assures us that the Mayor’s actions were simply a futile gesture, completely ineffective and could not possibly have had a significant effect on ICE’s operation.

      Much as I hate to admit it…the Mayor seems to have a much keener understanding of how this whole thing works than Tiki.

Oregon Mike | March 3, 2018 at 7:18 pm

Well, it’s been raining in northern California the past few days. Maybe the detainees decided to stay inside and stay dry.