Thursday, June 28, 2018
James Schwab used to be a spokesman for ICE. He quit after being asked to perpetuate what he says was a "completely false" claim that ICE failed to make 864 arrests after Oakland mayor Libby Shaaf warned her community about upcoming ICE activity.
How successful were the Oakland enforcement operations after Shaaf's warning? ICE arrested 16% more individuals than their highest estimates. Despite being considered a success internally, ICE's public stance was that more than 800 "wanted criminals" eluded capture because of Shaaf's intervention.
Schwab said: "They know it's a lie... It was just shocking to me that no one wanted to fix that ." And so he resigned. In his 17 years of service with the government up to this point, Schwab noted: "I have never been asked to lie. I have never been asked to perpetuate a lie, which is the same as lying."
In the middle of Schwab's interview with CBS reporter Jamie Yuccas, there's a knock on the door. It's two agents for the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General's Office. For reals! Schwab was "completely shocked," noting "This is intimidation. And this is why people won't come out and speak against the government."
You can watch the complete (and utterly riveting) clip here: