CNN reported that Schwab felt compelled to leave his post because he believed that acting ICE Director Thomas Homan and Attorney General Jeff Sessions were guilty of misleading the public about the decision by the mayor of Oakland, California, to publicly announce an impending U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (D) publicly announced an imminent ICE raid in February.
In her announcement, Schaaf added that police are prohibited from cooperating with federal immigration officials.
Homan also told Fox News that what Schaaf did was “no better than a gang lookout yelling ‘police’ when a police cruiser comes to the neighborhood except she did it to the entire community,” and added that he believed her actions helped 800 illegal immigrants avoid deportation.
Addressing Schaaf’s decision to announce the raid, Schwab added, “Personally I think her actions were misguided and not responsible.