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ICE spokesperson resigns after refusing to perpetuate Trump administration's fake news

ICE spokesperson resigns after refusing to perpetuate Trump administration's fake news

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman James Schwab on Monday resigned from his role with the San Francisco division, citing the "burden" of spreading falsehoods from Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Former ICE spokesman James Schwab pointed to statements made by Acting ICE Director Tom Homan and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who have stated that Schaaf's warning February 24 about an ICE raid in Northern California resulted in several hundred undocumented immigrants from eluding arrest, according to multiple media outlets, including the San Francisco Chronicle, KTVU and CNN.

"I quit because I didn't want to perpetuate misleading facts", Schwab, 38, told the Chronicle. "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", 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" he said. "Then I took some time and I quit", Schwab said.

He said he knew the numbers - widely reported in the media - were wrong because "we were not ever going to be able to capture 100 percent of the target list" of roughly 1,000 illegal immigrants in the area. He also stated that though he pushed back on those statements and wanted the agency to correct the "800" number frequently used in reference to the amount of "criminal aliens" who escaped the raid, ICE told him to "deflect" questions from the media. "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". I think she could have had other options.

"Director Homan and the Attorney General said there were 800 people at large and free to roam because of the actions of the Oakland Mayor", Schwab told CNN. "It's a false statement because we never pick up 100 percent of our targets. And to say they're a type of unsafe criminal is also misleading".




"I didn't feel like fabricating the truth to defend ourselves against [the mayor's] actions was the way to go about it", he told the Chronicle. Trump administration officials have since claimed that her warning led to "864 criminal aliens" remaining "at large in the community".

Schaaf said it was her "duty and moral obligation as mayor to give those families fair warning when that threat appears imminent", adding that she believed numerous immigrants ICE was targeting were law-abiding.

ICE said while they disagreed with Schwab's take on the issue, they wished him well.

In a subsequent statement to The Post, Flores wrote: "Does anyone seriously dispute that the Mayor attempted to thwart the efforts of federal law enforcement to apprehend wanted aliens in Oakland - many of whom had previously been arrested or convicted of crimes ranging from drug trafficking, to domestic abuse, to child pornography?"

CNN has reached out to ICE in Washington and the Department of Justice for comment. "Our democracy depends on public servants who act with integrity and hold transparency in the highest regard".