Emails and calls to ICE headquarters and the Attorney General's Office, both in Washington, D.C., were not immediately returned. In a statement, Mayor Schaaf applauded Schwab's decision to resign.
He pointed to statements made by ICE Director Tom Homan and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who have said that Schaaf's warning February 24 about an ICE raid in Northern California resulted in several hundred immigrants in the country illegally eluding arrest, according to multiple media outlets.
"It's the job of a public affairs officer to offer transparency for the agency you work for." he argued.
"I've never been in this situation in 16 nearly 17 years in government where someone asked me to deflect when we absolutely knew something was awry - when the data was not correct" he said. "Our officers are protecting the immigrant community in many ways".
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, James Schwab said he resigned as a result of statements coming from the Trump administration and ICE regarding the California Bay Area raid that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf had warned the immigrant community about.
Trump called what Schaaf did "a disgrace", saying her warning was the sole reason that hundreds of people escaped arrest. "We can not let this small, scared bully hurt our economy and turn ICE into his own personal army of hate", Newsom said in spot. He said he couldn't do that any more.
Schwab thought the figure stated was too high and reportedly wanted the agency to take it back.
Trump has given ICE more freedom on who it can arrest and under what conditions. "And they were told, 'we treat ICE agents just like anyone else.'" And that's a direct violation, Adachi says of state and city law.
Thomas Homan, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's acting director, found it very unusual that only 150 arrests were made in three days, when in Los Angeles 212 undocumented people were arrested in a five-day operation. "ICE went in there and removed these people from the community, so that's far from terrorizing", he said. But his statement that placing blame on Schaaf for "800 unsafe people out there is just false" does peel back the curtain on a small part of a government that's all too comfortable spreading misinformation.
"It is hard to believe that sheriff's deputies would be untrained in San Francisco's sanctuary policies, which are very clear and have been in place for years", Adachi says in a statement.