Friday's HOT MIC
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is in hot water after tipping off illegal aliens last weekend in advance of an ICE raid in Northern California. Thanks to Schaaf's efforts, than 850 illegal immigrants reportedly were able to elude deportation officers.
Now the Justice Department is reviewing her tip-off of the immigration raids, which led to 232 arrests.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Schaaf's actions are under "review."
"I think it's outrageous that a mayor would circumvent federal authorities and certainly put them in danger by making a move such as that," Sanders told reporters on Thursday.
"The Oakland mayor's decision to publicize her suspicions about ICE operations further increased that risk for my officers and alerted criminal aliens — making clear that this reckless decision was based on her political agenda with the very federal laws that ICE is sworn to uphold," ICE's acting director, Thomas D. Homan, said in a statement Tuesday.
Speaking on "Fox and Friends," Homan added that the mayor's warning helped an estimated 800 "criminal aliens" avoid capture. He also said federal authorities were examining her actions.
"What she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling 'police' when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood, except she did it to a whole community. This is beyond the pale," he said.
Back in January, Schaaf boldly declared that she would be willing to go to jail to protect her city's Sanctuary City status.
She may just get her wish.