Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump slams Oakland mayor for warning immigrants about planned sweeps

Trump slams Oakland mayor for warning immigrants about planned sweeps

U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the Oakland, California, mayor on Thursday for alerting her community to a pending immigration raid, saying her actions prompted federal scrutiny.

The mayor's heads-up prompted hundreds of immigrants to hide out to avoid capture, he added.

"Where they had close to 1,000 people ready to be gotten, ready to be taken off the streets", he said.

Earlier in the day, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called out the Oakland mayor in Sacramento after announcing that the Justice Department will be seeking to strike down California's sanctuary policies because they violate the Supremacy Clause.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who condemned her this morning for warning the public about last week's immigration sweeps. "Very risky. She really made law enforcement much more unsafe".

"They are picking a fight with diverse sanctuary cities and the people who lead them, but I can not let that distract me from my job".

He specifically called out Schaaf over her decision to leak news of the impending ICE raids, which critics say may have put ICE agents at risk of violence during the operation.

"How dare you vilify members of our community by trying to frighten the American public into thinking all undocumented residents are risky criminals", Schaaf shot back Wednesday while speaking at Oakland City Hall, according to the SF Gate.

"So here's my message to Mayor Schaaf: How dare you".

Sessions, speaking at an annual law enforcement lobby day held by the California Peace Officers' Association, underscored recent upticks in violent crime and charged Democrats with advancing the political agendas of "radical extremists".

"She has been unequivocal in her support of Oakland's Sanctuary City policies and for the values this community believes in", Schaaf said of Kirkpatrick.

"They elected me to stand up for the people of my community", Schaaf said. "How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical, open borders agenda!"

The mayor did not immediately respond to Trump's attack, but has repeatedly defended her actions in the past.

Sessions made the accusations less than a day after the Department of Justice filed suit against California, its Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra for interfering with federal immigration enforcement through legislation that blocks city officials and employers in the state from actively assisting in federal immigration enforcement when not forced to do so via a federal court order.

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