If you’re on the receiving end of a rant from Donald Trump, you must be doing something right. Ask Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who, in anticipation of an imminent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid, called on her immigrant residents to learn about their basic rights. For likely preventing scores of immigrant families with no criminal record from being swept up, right-wing media has essentially called for her head. The bully-in-chief joined in this week:
Trump, echoing his attorney general and immigration chief as well as a host of Republican commentators and legislators, attacked Schaaf’swarning about an imminent deportation operation in Northern California, calling the public announcement “a disgrace” that endangered federal officers.
But as the San Francisco Chronicle reports, Trump’s rant, per usual, was “replete with inaccuracies,” exaggerating the numbers of immigrants ICE was prepared to arrest and claiming that “the mayor of Oakland went out ... and warned them all, ‘scatter.’” Back on planet Earth, what Schaaf did was provide no “specific operation details” other than to say raids were imminent in Northern California, and directed residents to resources regarding legal assistance and their rights. And the fact that this is one of the things that’s agitated the administration says everything.
Trump also quoted [ICE] as saying that roughly 85 percent of those sought by federal officers had criminal records. ICE said that of 232 people arrested, 115 had past criminal convictions. Some of these people were not targets of the operation, instead falling into the category of “collateral arrests.”
That means that roughly half of these so-called “bad hombres” had no criminal record at all. Despite lacking legal status, these could be otherwise law-abiding taxpayers, parents, and community members, all now on a possible path to deportation.