Sessions specifically called out Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf in his remarks after she gave illegal immigrants a "heads up" that ICE agents were coming to apprehend them. "This (the raids) were long in the planning. Get her up on Washington, D.C. and have her explain and have the Democrats try to defend why they are pro-illegal alien criminals and anti-American ICE officers". On a conference call with reporters, Holder said legal precedent makes clear that the federal government can not insist that a state use its resources to enforce federal immigration law. He singled out Schaaf for her warning earlier this month of an impending ICE operation in the Bay Area.
Trump again issued the threat to cut off funding to cities like Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and others who embrace sanctuary city immigration policies.
We will then see whether the moral courage of Schaaf and Breed, and other sanctuary advocates, consists exclusively of cheap public pronouncements or whether they have the intestinal fortitude to actually go to federal prison for their so-called beliefs.
During his lengthy speech, Sessions bemoaned the changing demographics of the nation, saying that the percentage of "non-native born" residents is rising, and will soon reach the highest point in history.
Schaaf on Thursday responded by tweeting a statement from the United States Conference of Mayors that backed her stance and attacked Sessions.
Trump stated, incorrectly, that 150 people had been arrested during the four-day U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation in Northern California that began February 25. In fact, in a February 27 statement, before the operation ended, ICE chief Thomas Homan said that "864 criminal aliens and public safety threats remain at large in the community, and I have to believe that some of them were able to elude us thanks to the mayor's irresponsible decision".
Schaaf defended her actions on Wednesday.
"How dare you distract the American people from a failed immigration system that tears apart decent families and forces the workers that our economy depends on to harvest our crops, deliver our services, and build our cities to live in fear and work under oppressed conditions". "How dare you distort the reality about declining violent crime in a diverse sanctuary city like Oakland, California, to advance your racist agenda".
"Oakland's agenda is a thriving community". "Nobody elected me to be fearful".