IRLI sued Oakland, California, Mayor Libby Schaaf and members of her senior staff, seeking communications records related to her statement alerting illegal aliens in her community about a pending immigration enforcement raid earlier this year. The suit was filed on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform in the Superior Court of California, Alameda County. Schaaf’s office has failed to produce these records pursuant to a California Public Records Act request.
The lawsuit seeks records of communications between Schaaf and other city government personnel, including Chief of Police Anne Kirkpatrick, on February 23 and 24 of this year. On the 24th, Schaaf issued a press release notifying the public that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers were preparing to conduct an operation in the Bay Area within 24 hours.
Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan likened Schaaf’s actions to those of a “gang lookout” and said that more than 800 criminal aliens were able to escape the raid as a result of her warning. Despite the tip-off, ICE went ahead with its operation and made more than 150 arrests. In addition to violating immigration laws, half of those arrested also had prior criminal convictions.