ICE Spokesman Resigns Because Trump Administration Spreads Falsehoods

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 13, 2018

Mr. Schwab said in interviews with The San Francisco Chronicle and CNN that he had been frustrated by the remarks, and had quit "because I didn't want to perpetuate misleading facts". "I asked them to change the information". I told them that the information was wrong, they asked me to deflect, and I didn't agree with that. "Then I took some time and I quit". In fact, he told Oakland Fox affiliate KTVU that the operation was not even originally expected to arrest 232 suspected undocumented immigrants, making it more successful than planned. After the raid, a Homeland Security official said it's common for a large-scale immigration sweep to net about a third of its targets, as member station KQED reports. He cited ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan and Attorney General Jeff Sessions as part of the reason for his resignation. Before joining ICE in 2015, Schwab was 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.

Schwab said he was told to reinforce statements made by top ICE officials, including a February 27 press release that reported more than 800 undocumented immigrants eluded arrest because of Schaaf's warning to the public about the four-day operation. "We were never going to pick up that many people. To say that 100 percent are unsafe criminals on the street, or that those people weren't picked up because of the misguided actions of the mayor, is just wrong".

He explained that the enforcement agency would have been unlikely to capture all of the roughly 1,000 undocumented immigrants in the area that it had targeted, and that it was incorrect to identify those who were not detained as threats to public safety.

In addition to sparking criticism from the Trump administration, the case also prompted the government to look into whether Schaaf may have broken any laws by sounding the alarm about the pending raid - another front in the clash between federal officials and the leaders of sanctuary cities.

Schwab said he took issue with their characterization. "I think she could have had other options".

"I just couldn't bear the burden - continuing on as a representative of the agency and charged with upholding integrity, knowing that information was false", Schwab told CNN.

"We were never going to pick up that many people".

Schwab said that, before resigning, as he was faced with questions from reporters about Homan's and Sessions' comments, he hoped he could set the record straight and correct the idea that hundreds of unsafe criminals got away thanks to Schaaf.

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".

After the raid, Homan accused Schaaf of creating a risky situation for ICE agents.

"As Director Homan stated, while we can't put a number on how many targets avoided arrest due to the mayor's warning, it clearly had an impact", the statement said. "Unlike the politicians who attempt to undermine ICE's critical mission, our officers will continue to fulfill their sworn duty to protect public safety".

And just last week, in Sacramento, Sessions said, "Those are 800 wanted criminals that are now at large in that community - 800 wanted criminals that ICE will now have to pursue with more difficulty in more unsafe situations, all because of one mayor's irresponsible action".

"Those are 800 wanted aliens that are now at large in that community -most are wanted criminals that ICE will now have to pursue with more difficulty in more risky situations, all because of one mayor's irresponsible action".

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