Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned on Saturday night that federal immigration agents may conduct an operation as soon as in the next 24 hours in Oakland and other parts of the San Francisco Bay Area.
The mayor said she got the information Saturday from multiple credible sources.
Schaaf is encouraging residents to consult resources on immigration to understand their legal rights and options in case they are detained or know someone who needs legal representation.
Schaaf said she is sharing the information so residents are prepared and not to panic anyone.
Oakland school officials have strict procedures in place to protect students and families and Oakland police officers are prohibited from taking part in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations, according to Schaaf.
California law prohibits business owners from helping immigration agents with enforcement and bars federal agents from going into employee-only areas.
Schaaf said she does not have any information on the specific places where immigration agents may conduct their operations.
As recently as Thursday, President Donald Trump threatened to pull immigration enforcement agents out of California, which was met with amusement from some members of the public.
Trump said doing so would make the state a “crime nest like you’ve never seen,” a claim that lawmakers and activists disputed.