ICE Spokesman Resigns Because He Doesn't Want to Keep Lying

ICE Spokesman Resigns Because He Doesn't Want to Keep Lying

The San Francisco area spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) resigned Monday, saying he could no longer handle the amount of falsehoods coming from the Trump administration.

Almost a week ago, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., slammed a four-day ICE raid as "unjust and cruel", but acting Director Thomas Homan said it led to the arrest and removal of many illegal immigrants with criminal convictions.

Specifically, Schwab said that was told ICE's "Office of Public Affairs leadership" to parrot the Department of Homeland Security's account that an unspecified number of "criminals" got away, in part, because Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned of the pending ICE "Keep Safe" operation.

"I quit because I didn't want to perpetuate misleading facts", Schwab told the Chronicle. However, 864 criminal aliens and public safety threats remain at large in the community, and I have to believe that some of them were able to elude us thanks to the mayor's irresponsible decision.

"I've never been in this situation in 16 nearly 17 years in government where someone asked me to deflect when we absolutely knew something was awry - when the data was not correct" he said. "Then I took some time and I quit".

And just last week, in Sacramento, Sessions said, "Those are 800 wanted criminals that are now at large in that community - 800 wanted criminals that ICE will now have to pursue with more difficulty in more unsafe situations, all because of one mayor's irresponsible action".

Schwab said top officials painted a misleading portrait by inflating the number of people who may have avoided arrest and sensationalizing the danger that each poses.

President Donald Trump didn't stay behind in fabricating the figures as he said "close to 1,000" would have gotten arrested if the mayor hadn't issued her warning. "It's a false statement because we never pick up 100 percent of our targets. To say that 100 percent are unsafe criminals on the street, or that those people weren't picked up because of the misguided actions of the mayor, is just wrong".

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ICE could not immediately be reached for comment by The Post regarding Schwab's assertions that it had released false and misleading information.

"Personally I think her actions were misguided and not responsible".

Schwab took issue with the assertion that Schaff's warning resulted in several hundred people escaping arrest.

While announcing a raid that yielded 232 arrests in Northern California, ICE suggested that California's laws increased the likelihood that immigrants without criminal convictions would face detainment.

"It's the job of a public affairs officer to offer transparency for the agency you work for", he told the Chronicle. Schwab told CNN he'd "never" been in a situation "where someone asked me to deflect when we absolutely knew something was awry". I think she could have had other options. "And to say they're a type of risky criminal is also misleading".

The former spokesperson, who has previously worked with the U.S. Department of Defense as a staff coordinator and public affairs specialist, as well as with NASA's Ames Research Center as a Public Affairs Officer, said the lack of transparency at ICE made it impossible for him to continue to do his job.

"The people we arrested during this California operation - [who have committed] lascivious acts with a juvenile, assault with deadly weapons, murder - these people were terrorizing immigrant communities", Homan said to FOX Business' Stuart Varney on "Varney & Co". "It was my first time being asked to do that".

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