Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (Photo credit: Bob Butler/KCBS Radio)

Oakland Mayor Fires Back At Trump Over Immigration

by Keith Menconi

May 18, 2018 - 3:35 pm

OAKLAND (KCBS Radio) - Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is punching back following a renewed call by President Trump for her investigation. KCBS Radio's Keith Menconi reports she's accusing federal immigration enforcement of being based on a racist agenda.

During a Wednesday meeting with California opponents of the state's sanctuary law, Trump brought up Mayor Schaaf's decision in February to issue a public warning prior to a federal immigration raid.

Speaking to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, President Trump said "I mean you talk about obstruction of justice. I would recommend that you look into obstruction of justice to the mayor of Oakland, California."

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ICE officials have said hundreds managed to escape because of Schaaf's warning but following that claim the agency spokesman resigned saying it wasn't true. 

At first, the Mayor limited her response to the president's comments to a tweet but Friday morning she told KCBS Radio that rather than obstructing justice she is pursuing it. She also called the immigration system broken. "I think it's very important that we all call out the misinformation and the racist agenda that is behind this administration's approach to immigration enforcement." Mayor Schaaf said.

Deportation arrests have increased over the last year. Trump also scrapped guidelines that focused enforcement efforts on those with criminal records.