Was Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf within her legal rights to warn residents of ICE raids?

FILE – In this May 13, 2016 file photo, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, left, speaks beside then-Oakland Chief of Police Sean Whent in Oakland, Calif. A federal judge has summoned lawyers for Oakland to court Monday July 10, 2017,to explain the city’s mishandling of a police sexual misconduct investigation that led to the chief’s resignation and implicated two dozen officers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The scandal surrounding accusations that officers exploited an underage prostitute also scuttled the city’s attempt to get out from under 15 years of federal court supervision. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s previous statement that she would “rather go to jail than cooperate with ICE” was put to the test this week.

To many progressives she passed with flying colors, making waves with her decision to put herself in the cross hairs to publicly warn her community via Twitter Saturday that ICE would begin conducting raids the following Sunday.

Now, the Department of Justice is reviewing whether in doing so she obstructed justice. Schaaf claims it is Oakland’s legal right to be a sanctuary city and they “have not broken any laws.”

Host Chip Franklin, Nikki Medoro and Heather Hamann weighed in on if there was merit to her comment and debated what was fueling “the right’s” blood thirst for undocumented immigrants. Racism, fear, anger?

Listen to the segment below to hear their conversation. Skip directly to the to the 1:15 mark to hear an audio clip of an ICE agent’s message to the mayor.


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