Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf thinks she is the new Paul Revere. This week, the mayor rode through the streets of Oakland to warn the locals that the bad guys were coming – not the British; it’s scarier than that. The fine people of Oakland needed to be warned because the enemy was on the way. They were under attack. But from whom?
Yep, those terrifying federal law enforcement agents known as ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) were on their way.
Mayor Schaff issued the most dire warning of her administration. Her statement read, “Earlier today, I learned from multiple credible sources that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is preparing to conduct an operation in the Bay Area, including Oakland, starting as soon as within the next 24 hours. As Mayor of Oakland, I am sharing this information publicly, not to panic our residents but to protect them.”
In direct opposition to federal law, the mayor continued, “Oakland police officers are prohibited from participating in ICE activities. Additionally, California state law prohibits business owners from assisting ICE agents in immigration enforcement and bars federal agents from accessing employee-only areas.”
Despite ICE making it clear on numerous occasions that when local authorities do not cooperate with the federal government, safety actually decreases, Mayor Schaff said her priority was to get people to prepare, not panic.
“My priority is for the well-being and safety of all residents – particularly our most vulnerable – and I know that Oakland is safer when we share information, encourage community awareness, and care for our neighbors,” the defiant Democrat said in the statement.
So when the mayor speaks of keeping “all residents” safe, she means she wants to shield them from trained law enforcement personnel, and open legal residents up to thousands of undocumented men and women who are in the country illegally, and who have killed dozens of Oakland citizens over the past few years.
My message to the mayor is this: We are a nation of laws. How can you serve as the head of a major city while exposing your legal American citizens to illegals whom you choose to shield from the law you are sworn to uphold?
My message to Paul Revere is this: Your legacy is safe.