The Latest: Hundreds protest at San Francisco ICE office
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on immigration raids in Northern California (all times local):
About 200 people are protesting outside the San Francisco offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement following its announcement of more than 150 arrests of people living in California illegally.
Dozens at Wednesday’s rally chanted “shut ICE down” and held signs reading “Stop racist deportations.”
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi says his office has sent a letter demanding that attorneys be allowed to meet with those who were detained in the three-day sweep that started Sunday. He says he hasn’t received a response.
The arrests came days after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf issued a rare public warning that immigration raids were likely. ICE Director Thomas Homan on Wednesday called her “no better than a gang lookout.”
Schaaf says she broke no laws and gave no specific information about the targets or locations of planned raids.
A federal immigration official says about 800 people living in Northern California were able to avoid arrest because of a warning by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.
Thomas Homan, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief, told “Fox and Friends” Wednesday that what Schaaf did was “no better than a gang lookout yelling ‘police’ when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood.”
Homan says the Justice Department is looking into whether Schaaf obstructed justice. He said Schaaf’s actions have made residents less safe.
The mayor warned residents Saturday night of large-scale raids by immigration agents in the San Francisco Bay Area.
ICE said on Tuesday that agents arrested more than 150 people in California after the mayor’s warning in a sweep that covered cities from Sacramento to Stockton in the Central Valley.