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A Spokesman For ICE In San Francisco Left His Position Because He Didn’t Want To Spread Misinformation For The Trump Administration

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A spokesman for San Francisco’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) branch quit unexpectedly citing the pressure to spread false information. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, former ICE spokesman James Schwab wanted the agency to correct misinformation being spread in connection to recent raids in California. Schwab voiced his concern to officials that the number of 800 undocumented immigrants avoiding arrest was grossly overinflated.

This same statistic was parroted by Attorney General Jeff Sessions at a press conference in Sacramento, California. Sessions used the raids and 800 wanted undocumented immigrants as part of his argument for a lawsuit against California’s sanctuary policies.

“I quit because I didn’t want to perpetuate misleading facts,” Schwab told the SF Chronicle. “I asked them to change the information. I told them that the information was wrong, they asked me to deflect, and I didn’t agree with that. Then I took some time and I quit.”

Schwab added: “I didn’t feel like fabricating the truth to defend ourselves against (Schaaf’s) actions was the way to go about it. We were never going to pick up that many people. To say that 100 percent are dangerous criminals on the street, or that those people weren’t picked up because of the misguided actions of the mayor, is just wrong.”

Schwab is being applauded for his action by many.

There has been an ever-growing number of federal employees leaving their jobs because they are either dissatisfied with the way things are going or they were pushed out.

Some people are hoping to see more of this action from other federal employees.

Immigration officials tried to place blame on Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for preventing them from arresting all of the intended targets. They claimed that her warning protected more than 800 undocumented immigrants from being detained during the raids. However, it seems like that is not the case, according to Schwab.


READ: Oakland’s Mayor Heard Of Potential ICE Raids So She Alerted Her Residents And Saved Hundreds From Being Deported

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Here's How High School Students Across The Country Used Their Voices To Demonstrate For Gun Control

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Here’s How High School Students Across The Country Used Their Voices To Demonstrate For Gun Control

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Seventeen people died on Feb. 14 when a man with a gun entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and opened fire. Nikolas Cruz opened fire with an AR-15 and sent a group of teenagers into overdrive in demanding change and common sense gun reform. One month later, thousands of high school students walked out of class to remind everyone that they are still fighting for that change.

It has been one month since 17 people at a Florida high school were killed by a man wielding an AR-15.

The nation was devastated when the news broke of another school shooting targeting America’s youth. Yet, something about this felt different. The students began to mobilize on social media to start creating change. A viral video of young people calling “BS” on arguments against gun reform reached millions and Emma Gonzalez became the face of a new gun reform fight. As thousands of students participated in walkouts across the country, it is clear that the younger generation is not backing down.

Students in some parts of the country stood in freezing weather to honor the victims of the Parkland shooting last month.

The demonstrations took place across the country. All of them included 17 minutes of silence in honor of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Students and schools displayed photos of victims of gun violence.

Participants of the walkouts and demonstrations want people to understand the real human toll of gun violence in the country.

Entire schools joined in the walkouts.

And some school administrators joined and encouraged students in their walkouts.

Some schools, however, have threatened students with disciplinary action for participating in the walkouts. Some schools have threatened such severe punishments that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has had to remind schools of what they are legally allowed to do.

Even New York Governor Andrew Cuomo joined students in protesting for gun reform.

Gov. Cuomo joined students at Zuccotti Park for a die-in. Die-ins have been used to bring attention to other public health issues, including the AIDs epidemic. Demonstrators laid on the ground to represent the bodies claimed by gun violence to give spectators a visual representation. The demonstrators chanted “never again” and “not one more,” common phrases echoed in the movement.

Sentiment on social media is clearly in favor of the students.

While millions of Americans are at work, in class, or elsewhere, they have taken to social media to celebrate the walkouts.

With much pride, parents are celebrating their socially activated children.

#ProudMama

This user wants people to remember that this eventually boils down to a political issue.

It is true that voting matters. If your elected representative it not doing what you want, it is your duty to vote for what you want.


READ: Florida Passed Their First Gun Safety Measure In More Than 20 Years And The NRA Has Already Filed A Lawsuit

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