Liberal California Mayor Says She’d Go To Jail To Fight For Sanctuary City Status

Federal immigration officials arrest illegal immigrants in a past operation. (Photo via U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

A liberal California Mayor says she would go to jail to fight for her city’s sanctuary status.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff says President Trump is a bully, and that her city has the legal right to be a sanctuary for illegal immigrants.

The Mayor’s controversial comments come as rumors of a major ICE raid on illegals in the San Francisco Bay Area soon are swirling.

According to CBS San Francisco:

“Just hours after the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to end any cooperation with agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Mayor Libby Schaaf said Wednesday she would go to jail if needed in her opposition to ICE raids.

“It is no surprise that the bully in chief is continuing to try to intimidate our most vulnerable residents,” said Schaaf, referring to President Donald Trump. “We’re very clear that our values are to protect all of our residents regardless of where we come from. We want to protect families, not tear them apart.”

Schaaf’s remarks came on a day when rumors were swirling that ICE planned to launch a series of Bay Area raids — arresting as many as 1,500 illegal aliens — because California has become a Sanctuary State and several communities have adopted Sanctuary City policies.

“We are exercising our legal right to be a Sanctuary City and to protect our residents,” Schaaf told KPIX 5 of her opposition to ICE raids. “The fact that the federal government is suggesting that it is actively retaliating against jurisdictions that are exercising their right to have sanctuary policies — that is what is illegal.”

When asked if she were willing to go to jail to defend those policies, Schaaf answered emphatically “Yes!”