An ICE spokesman quit over the Trump administration's "misleading facts"

An ICE spokesman quit over the Trump administration's

James Schwab, a spokesman in the agency's San Francisco office, said he was frustrated by remarks made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ICE Director Tom Homan that more than 800 "criminal aliens" escaped arrest after being tipped off by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on February 24, the night before four days of raids were to begin. "Unlike the politicians who attempt to undermine ICE's critical mission, our officers will continue to fulfill their sworn duty to protect public safety". But his statement that placing blame on Schaaf for "800 risky people out there is just false" does peel back the curtain on a small part of a government that's all too comfortable spreading misinformation.

"So how dare you call them cowardly?"

Following up this February 27 statement, Sessions mirrored these remarks while visiting Sacramento last week, saying, "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 risky situations, all because of one mayor's irresponsible action". Schwab told CNN he'd "never" been in a situation "where someone asked me to deflect when we absolutely knew something was awry".

While announcing a raid that yielded 232 arrests in Northern California, ICE suggested that California's laws increased the likelihood that immigrants without criminal convictions would face detainment.

The next day, President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE said that "close to 1,000" people were expected to be arrested before the mayor issued her warning.

But according to Schwab, that was an unrealistic estimate. His service lasted until 2005, according to his LinkedIn page, and he later joined the Department of Defense, where he became a public affairs specialist in 2011.

He was referring to an agency claim that when Schaaf warned of an impending ICE raid, she prevented the agency from locating 800 individuals. About half of the people picked up had felonies or misdemeanors on their records, officials say.

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The Justice Department did not respond to a request for comment. She told the story of Maria Mendoza-Sanchez, a mother of four and nurse at an Oakland public hospital, who was deported last August despite having no criminal record. "And under this administration they were ripped away from their family. Why don't they speak English?' Now I get it frequently".

The Oakland mayor has applauded the former spokesperson's decision.

Schaff praised Schwab, portraying him as a truth-teller amid pressure to lie.

He also told The SF Chronicle he was "frustrated" with the statements the officials were making - including Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

He said one officer operating in a jail can process 10 illegal immigrants in a day, but if those 10 are all released it takes six-man teams days, weeks or even months to track them down out in the community, where everyone is at more risk. "Our democracy depends on public servants who act with integrity and hold transparency in the highest regard", the mayor said.

"It's the job of a public affairs officer to offer transparency for the agency you work for", Schwab told the Chronicle. "I felt like we weren't doing that", Schwab said. I've never been in a situation when I've been asked to ignore the facts because it was more convenient.

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