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.
James Schwab should be a role model to other federal employees: have the courage and integrity to stand up for what you know is right.
— Gabe Chavez (@Xemiu) March 13, 2018
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.
America is finally standing up…
ICE Spokesman James Schwab just quit, saying that Trump grossly exaggerated the number of undocumented immigrants who avoided arrest in Oakland after their mayor warned them.
“I quit because I didn’t want to perpetuate misleading facts”
— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) March 13, 2018
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.