Report: Northern California ICE raid exceeded expectations

- New figures show a controversial ICE raid in Northern California and the Bay Area exceeded initial expectations, netting more arrests than predicted. 

This was the same ICE raid where Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf came under fire for warning the public about the impending raid. 

Bay Area News Group filed a freedom of information request to obtain emails and documents and broke the story this week. They show ICE officials said they'd be surprised if they picked up 200 of the suspects on their list. They ended up arresting 232 people, more than expected. 

But President Trump and the Justice Department blamed Mayor Schaaf for standing in the way of more arrests and even called for her to be criminally investigated. 

"It is stunning that this administration will invent villains to rally their base," Schaaf said about the report on Wednesday. 

Bay Area News Group also interviewed former San Francisco ICE spokesman James Schwab, who resigned after the raid. He said immigration officials knew many of the people they were looking for would not be arrested regardless of Schaaf's warning. 

The head of ICE and the Trump administration have said that if even one suspect avoided capture because of Schaaf's warning, it was one too many. 

They maintain that the mayor's announcement endangered agents and members of the public. 

 

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