A spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in San Francisco resigned on Monday and said he could no longer work for the agency when the Trump administration was spreading what he claims is false information.
"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," James Schwab told CNN.
The spokesman blamed ICE acting director Tom Homan and Attorney General Jeff Sessions for citing misleading and inaccurate information after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned illegal immigrants in the Bay area about an impending ICE raid.
After Schaaf issued the warning, Homan released a statement 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."
Sessions also cited in his speech in Sacramento last week that 800 wanted criminals were still at large in northern California because of Schaaf’s warning.
But Schwab said he disagreed with that assessment.
"Director Homan and the Attorney General said there were 800 people at large and free to roam because of the actions of the Oakland Mayor," Schwab said. "Personally I think her actions were misguided and not responsible. I think she could have had other options. But to blame her for 800 dangerous people out there is just false."
Although Schwab is a registered Democrat, he says he has been a faithful federal servant regardless of which party is in power for his almost 17 years in government.
"I commend Mr. Schwab for speaking the truth while under intense pressure to lie,” Schaaf said after Schwab resigned. “Our democracy depends on public servants who act with integrity and hold transparency in the highest regard.”