Rep. Steve King, a conservative Republican from Iowa, announced what he’s calling the “Mayor Libby Schaaf Act of 2018” on Monday, in an attempt to make it illegal for public officials to warn of upcoming immigration sweeps.
The Trump administration has made no secrete they want to rein in illegal immigration. The King bill will target state and local government officials who purposefully “broadcast” information relating to “any imminent action by a federal law enforcement officer or agent” would be guilty of obstruction of justice and could face up to five years in prison, as well as a fine.
In February Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned residents over the weekend of potential ICE raids. Schaff said she learned of the raids from “multiple credible sources” and she felt it was her “duty and moral obligation as Mayor to give those families fair warning when that threat appears imminent.”
Schaaf, who is seeking reelection, said in January that she’d be willing to go to jail (the Federal Government should grant her wish) to defend the city’s sanctuary city status, and has openly opposed the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration.
“It is no surprise that the bully in chief is continuing to try to intimidate our most vulnerable residents,” Schaaf said at the time. “We’re very clear that our values are to protect all of our residents regardless of where we come from. We want to protect families, not tear them apart.”
Full statement here:
News from: Office of Mayor Libby Schaaf
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 24, 2018
Mayor Schaaf Encourages Residents to Consult Immigration Resources Due to Potential ICE Activity
Oakland, CA – Earlier today, I learned from multiple credible sources that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is preparing to conduct an operation in the Bay Area, including Oakland, starting as soon as within the next 24 hours.
As Mayor of Oakland, I am sharing this information publicly not to panic our residents but to protect them.
My priority is for the well-being and safety of all residents — particularly our most vulnerable — and I know that Oakland is safer when we share information, encourage community awareness, and care for our neighbors.
Interested residents should consult the website http://www.centrolegal.org/acilep/ to understand their legal rights and options in the event they face detention or know someone who needs legal representation.
In Oakland, OUSD public schools have strict protocols in place to protect our students and families. Oakland police officers are prohibited from participating in ICE activities.
Additionally, California state law prohibits business owners from assisting ICE agents in immigration enforcement and bars federal agents from accessing employee-only areas.
I have reached out to local leaders and partners in our immigrant communities to share this information. Our shared message is clear: We want residents to prepare, not panic. We understand ICE has used activity rumors in the past as a tactic to create fear; our intent is for our community to go about their daily lives without fear, but resiliency and awareness.
I am not aware of any further details of the ICE operation, such as precise locations.
I know that Oakland is a city of law-abiding immigrants and families who deserve to live free from the constant threat of arrest and deportation.
I believe it is my duty and moral obligation as Mayor to give those families fair warning when that threat appears imminent.
President Trump indicated Friday that he was “thinking about” pulling ICE out of California. And just letting the illegals take over and California would come back begging in a few months for Federal Protection. I think this is the wrong approach. It is time to begin arresting these officials that will not enforce Federal Immigration laws for obstruction of justice.