Over the weekend Oakland Mayor Libby
Schaaf said “credible sources” warned a large
raid in the Bay Area was imminent.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s announcement over the weekend intended to alert undocumented immigrants about an imminent and substantial raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents earned her plaudits from progressives on one side and death threats on the other.
The move is also attracting a complaint sent Tuesday to the U.S. Attorney General’s office in Oakland by a Fremont certified public accountant, who believes Schaaf’s announcement illegally abetted undocumented immigrants.
In addition, the act was an “outrageous willful intent” to impede the work of ICE agents, said Ron Cohen, who is also a Republican candidate this June in the 17th Congressional District primary. “If you’re warning them, you’re harboring, abetting them,” he said, in an interview.
Fremont CPA and CA-17 candidate
Ron Cohen says if Schaaf wants to go to
jail she should have the chance.
The complaint asserts Schaaf showed intent to violate federal law when making a statement to the media last month about a willingness to go to jail in order to protect undocumented immigrants from ICE agents.
“Therefore, as Mayor Schaaf is willing to go to jail, we hope this complaint will lead to her having that opportunity, via rightful prosecution, under federal law,” according to the complaint, also sent to Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley’s office.
Schaaf’s office did not immediately reply for comment.
“This is not about being anti-immigrant. We love law-abiding legal immigrants. We don’t like people who break the law,” said Cohen.
He said the actions of public officials in Oakland often reverberate across the county, and in particular, his city of Fremont. “We also get crime from Oakland because there’s money down here. It effects the whole region,” he said.
The document is also signed by a local businessman, and an independent congressional candidate challenging Rep. Eric Swalwell in the nearby 15th District this June, named Brendan St. John.
Cohen participated in the 2014 congressional primary that featured Mike Honda and Ro Khanna, who went on to win the seat in November. Incidentally, Khanna said, according to one news report, that he too would risk going to jail in order to protect undocumented immigrants.