Libby Schaaf’s Actions Become Focus of Congressional Bill
Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa is proposing a bill named after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf that would penalize elected officials who issue warnings about immigration enforcement actions.
Schaaf famously did just that back in February. Her public warnings about impending ICE raids put law enforcement in harm’s way and allowed dangerous criminals to escape deportation, according to federal officials.
Under the Mayor Libby Schaaf Act of 2018, any official that issues a similar warning could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.
Schaaf shot back on CNN Monday, saying the legislation would never pass legal muster.
“I can tell you that I know a lot more about what makes my community safe than a Congress member from Iowa,” she added.
Schaaf doesn't believe her warning posed any danger. She has argued that sanctuary policies make cities like hers safer by encouraging undocumented immigrants to continue reporting crimes.