Listen, we are going to be honest here: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has a way of misleading the public with “factual” claims that we are being overrun by “criminal” immigrants. It’s a topic we have brought up before, and it’s not surprise to us that an ICE spokesperson has now left the agency because the agency misleads people.
As The San Francisco Chronicle reports, ICE San Francisco spokesperson James Schwab resigned because due to the frustration that ICE officials as well as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions were saying 800 undocumented immigrants had evaded being arrested during ICE operations to target immigrants. According to Schwab, the number was much lower.
“I 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,” Schwab told The Chronicle.
The former spokesperson was also referring to the February 24 warning by Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf that ICE was conducting operations against undocumented immigrants.
“I didn’t feel like fabricating the truth to defend ourselves against [Schaaf’s[ actions was the way to go about it,” Schwab told The Chronicle. “We were never going to pick up that many people. To say that 100 percent are dangerous criminals on the street, or that those people weren’t picked up because of the misguided actions of the mayor, is just wrong.”
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