Three illegal immigrants who evaded capture from federal immigration authorities last month after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned of an impending raid have already been arrested for new crimes.
What were they arrested for?
According to Fox News, all three men were Mexican nationals with multiple prior interactions with law enforcement and immigration authorities.
The first man was arrested on robbery and firearm charges. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had issued a detainer for the man last November, but local jail officials released him under “sanctuary” policies, according to the Washington Times.
The second was arrested for “corporal injury of a spouse.” According to Fox News, the man has a long rap sheet and had previously been deported two times. His prior convictions ranged from drug possession to hit-and-run to DUIs and parole violations.
The third man was arrested for drunk driving. He has been deported three times and had convictions of DUIs, battery of a spouse and false imprisonment.
How did officials respond?
Fox News reported that acting ICE Director Tom Homan mentioned the cases during a roundtable meeting at the White House on Tuesday to illustrate his frustration with sanctuary city and state policies.
"We are told on one hand to focus efforts on criminals but those same folks who want to focus on criminals don’t let us into the county jails. It just defies logic,” Homan said.
What did Schaaf do?
Ahead of an ICE roundup last month, Schaaf tweeted a warning to alert her community that the raid was coming. She also reminded her residents that local law enforcement is barred from working with ICE due to sanctuary policies.
Schaaf's warning allowed 800 illegal immigrants, including many who were convicted criminals, to evade capture. Officials were later able to apprehend 232 of them. Homan said Schaaf's actions endangered her community, but the mayor has since said she does not regret her actions, which she said she did to protect her community.
Schaaf's actions even caught the attention of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who said earlier this month: "How dare you. How dare you endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical, open-borders agenda."