"The more people I have in the jail the less people I have to send out on the street to look for them", the official said, speaking on condition he not be named as part of a background briefing set up by the White House ahead of President Trump's trip to California Tuesday. He added the agency never expected to arrest all the undocumented immigrants during the operation.
The false information, according to the spokesman, James Schwab, is related to an ICE operation last month that targeted 1,000 undocumented immigrants in Northern California.
"I didn't feel like fabricating the truth to defend ourselves against [Schaaf's] actions was the way to go about it", Schwab said.
Sessions and the ICE department accused the mayor of allowing 800 unsafe illegal immigrants to roam the city, a number Schwab said was "misleading". "It's a false statement because we never pick up 100% of our targets". Although he agrees that Schaaf's actions were "misguided" and "not responsible", he takes issue with placing her with the blame of 800 risky people remaining at large. "To say that 100 percent are risky criminals on the street, or that those people weren't picked up because of the misguided actions of the mayor, is just wrong". Schwab told CNN he'd "never" been in a situation "where someone asked me to deflect when we absolutely knew something was awry".
When he told supervisors he was not comfortable perpetuating that narrative, Schwab said he was told by the Office of Public Affairs to repeat what was in the February 27 news release and defer questions to the Department of Justice.
"I just couldn't bear the burden - continuing on as a representative of the agency and charged with upholding integrity, knowing that information was false", Schwab told CNN.
Schwab was hired by the ICE agency in 2015, but has long worked for the federal government according to his LinkedIn profile.
However, whereas Dyrdahl-Roberts previously told the Daily Dot that his resignation was a direct action to impede ICE's function, Schwab told the Fox affiliate that said he "may not agree" with all of Mayor Schaaf's actions in warning undocumented immigrants about the raid. Schaaf's actions "clearly had an impact" on the number of arrests, though the agency can't put a number on it. "While we disagree with Mr. Schwab on this issue, we appreciate his service and wish him well". Jordon Dyrdahl-Roberts wrote a piece in mid-February detailing his hard decision to resign as legal secretary for the Montana Department of Labor and Industry because he didn't want to help process documents that could help ICE track down and deport undocumented immigrants. "And to say they're a type of risky criminal is also misleading".
Homan, on the third day of the sweep, was quoted saying, "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".
In a subsequent statement to The Post, Flores wrote: "Does anyone seriously dispute that the Mayor attempted to thwart the efforts of federal law enforcement to apprehend wanted aliens in Oakland - many of whom had previously been arrested or convicted of crimes ranging from drug trafficking, to domestic abuse, to child pornography?"