ICE reports 150 arrests across Northern California, slams Oakland mayor’s warning to immigrants

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.

Sara Gaiser
Published by
Sara Gaiser

Recent Posts

In first hearing to appeal SF scooter permit loss, Spin alleges ‘biased’ process

Scooter company Spin lost its bid to operate in San Francisco but now it’s trying to spin that decision around.…

8 hours ago

California fires: Death toll in Paradise rises to 71; more than 1,000 unaccounted for

The death toll from California’s worst fire rose to 71 on Friday, with more than 1,000 people still unaccounted for.…

8 hours ago

SF residents urged to stay indoors, avoid smoky air

As poor air quality persists throughout the Bay Area from the Camp Fire in Butte County--the deadliest fire in California's…

10 hours ago

University of San Francisco Dons men’s and women’s basketball Sunday games moved to Monterey

With the air quality index in theSan Francisco Bay Area continuing to hover between very unhealthy and hazardous, the University…

10 hours ago

SF shelters take in lost, injured pets from Camp Fire, search for owners

Animals injured and lost in the deadly Camp Fire in Butte County are making their way to San Francisco animal…

12 hours ago

Flashy stunts, sketchy story in Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Volta’

At the outset of “Volta,” the Cirque du Soleil show now under the big top in San Francisco, a lively…

16 hours ago