Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has said on Wednesday that she’s ready to go to jail to protect her sanctuary city policy. This exercise in virtue signaling was performed shortly after the Oakland City Council cast an unanimous vote with regard to end all cooperation with federal agents from US ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). Mayor Libby Schaaf was quoted as saying to reporters referring to President Trump’s enforcement of the country’s immigration laws:
“It is no surprise that the bully in chief is continuing to try to intimidate our most vulnerable residents.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.”
These surreal remarks were made in the aftermath of rumors about ICE planning to launch a series of raids in the Bay Area, looking to arrest and presumably deport 1500 illegal immigrants. California has passed legislation earlier in 2017 and became a de facto sanctuary state in 2018, with a number of communities adopting sanctuary city policies. Speaking about her opposition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids, Schaaf told KPIX 5:
“We are exercising our legal right to be a Sanctuary City and to protect our residents. The fact that the federal government is suggesting that it is actively retaliating against jurisdictions that are exercising their right to have sanctuary policies — that is what is illegal.”
When reporters asked if she’s ready to go to jail do defend her admittedly illegal policies (else why she would go to jail for?), the mayor emphatically said “yes!”, while stressing that local law enforcement will not help ICE agents/officials if they are going to conduct raids in Oakland:
“The level of fear and anxiety in this community is at unconscionable levels. The important thing for people to know is that we have a 24/7 rapid response hotline which is partially funded by the city, the county and philanthropy. We are here to protect our residents. We will not have a presence, we will not do anything to suggest that we condone ICE raids in Oakland”
Someone should inform the Oakland city council that they do no run the USA. They appear to be very confused about the issue. “May I select which federal laws I can violate with support from the local government?” The mayor and city council are clearly violating the law and should be arrested.
1907. Title 8, U.S.C. 1324(a) Offenses
Title 8, U.S.C. § 1324(a) defines several distinct offenses related to aliens. Subsection 1324(a)(1)(i)-(v) prohibits alien smuggling, domestic transportation of unauthorized aliens, concealing or harboring unauthorized aliens, encouraging or inducing unauthorized aliens to enter the United States, and engaging in a conspiracy or aiding and abetting any of the preceding acts. Subsection 1324(a)(2) prohibits bringing or attempting to bring unauthorized aliens to the United States in any manner whatsoever, even at a designated port of entry. Subsection 1324(a)(3).
Harboring — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) makes it an offense for any person who — knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation.
Encouraging/Inducing — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv) makes it an offense for any person who — encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law.
Conspiracy/Aiding or Abetting — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(v) expressly makes it an offense to engage in a conspiracy to commit or aid or abet the commission of the foregoing offenses.