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Immigration officials and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said a public warning from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf the day before the operation began had facilitated more than 800 people to evade arrest. When an official knows that there is a gang loose that will hurt people, seize people, invade workplaces and break up American families - and when that official knows she can't really stop that enterprise from its lawless actions - she has a duty to warn.

ICE released a press release on February 27 about the operations in Northern California in which Homan stated that "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 just couldn't bear the burden - continuing on as a representative of the agency and charged with upholding integrity, knowing that information was false", he told CNN on Monday.

"I quit because I didn't want to perpetuate misleading facts", he told the newspaper.

Other ICE officials told Fox affiliate KTVU that Schwab resigned "abruptly" and that the agency disagrees with him on the characterization of the issue. "To say. that those people weren't picked up because of the misguided actions of the mayor, is just wrong". He's threatened to arrest California politicians who were democratically elected and are lawfully and wisely exercising their power to protect public safety by refusing to cooperate with ICE.

Schwab, however, told the Chronicle that those statements were falsehoods, and led to his resignation.

While most immigrants arrested by ICE in fiscal year 2017 were found to have criminal convictions, the most common criminal conviction among ICE arrestees was for driving under the influence of alcohol, with possession or distribution of "dangerous drugs" and other traffic offenses as the second and third most common convictions.

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"I didn't feel like fabricating the truth to defend ourselves against (Schaaf's) actions was the way to go about it", he continued.

"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. "How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical open borders agenda?".

Schaaf said it was her "duty and moral obligation as mayor to give those families fair warning when that threat appears imminent", adding that she believed numerous immigrants ICE was targeting were law-abiding.

Sessions and the ICE department accused the mayor of allowing 800 risky illegal immigrants to roam the city, a number Schwab said was "misleading".

Of the battle over how to properly characterize the events, Schwab said, "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". "Our democracy depends on public servants who act with integrity and hold transparency in the highest regard". But, when he brought his concerns to ICE, he said they told him to direct reporters to statements ICE or Homan had already made - to "deflect to previous statements", as he put it. He also worked at NASA for several years before joining ICE.

"ICE has no choice but to continue to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at work sites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests, instead of focusing on arrests at jails and prisons where transfers are safer for ICE officers and the community", the agency said. "I felt like we weren't doing that", Schwab said. "It was my first time being asked to do that".

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