OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 19: Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf looks on during an assembly at Edna Brewer Middle School about the U.S. Constitution on January 19, 2018 in Oakland, California. Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf discussed the U.S. Constitution with middle sc

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (Photo credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Midwestern Congressman Proposes Law Named After Oakland Mayor

Megan Goldsby
May 22, 2018 - 2:58 pm

OAKLAND (KCBS RADIO) - A Republican Congressman from Iowa has introduced the "Mayor Libby Schaaf Act of 2018." As KCBS Radio's Megan Goldsby reports, it could mean jail time for public officials who warn their constituents about upcoming ICE sweeps.

In a statement, Representative Steve King said quote "I want lawless sanctuary city politicians to hear this message clearly. 'If you obstruct ICE you're going to end up in the cooler.'"

So we asked Stanford criminal law professor Robert Weisberg "Could this law pass?"

"Probably not. I think there are some sane people in the House of Representatives who will perhaps say 'gee it's a wonderful idea and we applaud Steve King's patriotism, but this isn't worth the trouble' in terms of the legal challenges we face." That's because he says "This law, as drafted, has a big sign on it saying 'watch out for multiple violations of First Amendment.' It cuts much too broadly, it's much too vague. They probably wouldn't get past the constitutional challenge."

Schaaf wrote a Washington Post op-ed last week saying she was quote "not obstructing justice. I am seeking it."

"I can tell you that I know a lot more about what makes my community safe than a Congress member from Iowa." Mayor Schaaf says.