Mayor Schaaf has also been turning to twitter to defend herself. On Wednesday, Attorney General Sessions gave a speech at the 26th Annual Law Enforcement Legislative Day in Sacramento, California. In the speech, Sessions said ICE failed to make about 800 arrests because of Mayor Schaaf’s warning. Sessions’ message to her was “How dare you? How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of law enforcement just to promote your radical open borders agenda?” The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit on March 6th challenging the State of California for its sanctuary laws. While the timing leaves Sessions talking about Schaaf, the lawsuit is actually focused on three laws the state passed back in 2017 that limit government officials’ and employers’ ability to help federal immigration agents. It also gives California the power to review conditions in facilities where immigrants are being detained by the feds. The DOJ under Sessions is aiming to undo that, which explains his appearance and speech on California today.
I do not regret sharing this information. It is Oakland’s legal right to be a sanctuary city and we have not broken any laws. We believe our community is safer when families stay together. pic.twitter.com/ng13yq431L— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) February 28, 2018