U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on Tuesday confirmed that they have taken more than 150 people into custody across Northern California following a warning by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf of impending deportation actions in the Bay Area.
ICE officials said around half of those detained had criminal convictions in addition to immigration violations.
It was unclear Tuesday night how many of the arrests were made in San Francisco. ICE officials said they had picked up one Mexican citizen in The City who had previous criminal convictions for battery and DUI, but did not specify how many others there were.
Schaaf warned Saturday that federal immigration agents were expected to conduct an operation in Oakland other parts of the Bay Area within the next 24 hours, based on reports from “multiple credible sources.” She said she shared the information in order to help prepare residents, and urged immigrants to get information on their legal rights and options in case they were detained or knew someone who was.
The decision drew criticism from federal officials, who have repeatedly called for cities including San Francisco and Oakland to drop Sanctuary City policies that limit cooperation between law enforcement and immigrations enforcement, claiming the policies endanger public safety.
“The Oakland mayor’s decision to publicize her suspicions about ICE operations further increased that risk for my officers and alerted criminal aliens — making clear that this reckless decision was based on her political agenda with the very federal laws that ICE is sworn to uphold,” ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan said in a statement Tuesday.
Homan said some 864 people targeted by his agency remain at large and “I have to believe that some of them were able to elude us thanks to the mayor’s irresponsible decision.”
Immigration advocates are warning families to prepare for encounters with ICE by listing the Rapid Response Network hotline number in their phones and keeping immigration documents in secure locations.
San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell this weekend urged those who witness ICE activity in San Francisco to call the Rapid Response Network hotline at (415) 200-1548.