Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman James Schwab on Monday resigned from his role with the San Francisco division, citing the "burden" of spreading falsehoods from Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Schwab also said that even without Schaaf's warning the agency was never going to be able to "capture 100 percent of the target list" of about 1,000 undocumented immigrants in Northern California during the four-day operation, the Chronicle reported.
The ICE operation, called Keep Safe, began February 25 and was meant to send a message to California leaders that they could not shield immigrants from federal law despite state and local sanctuary policies.
Sessions and the ICE department accused the mayor of allowing 800 unsafe illegal immigrants to roam the city, a number Schwab said was "misleading". "I told them that the information was wrong, they asked me to deflect, and I didn't agree with that".
"Of the 232 people arrested, ICE stated that 115, or just under half, had "prior felony convictions for serious and violent offenses" or past convictions for 'significant or multiple misdemeanors.' The other half had no criminal history".
"I didn't feel like fabricating the truth to defend ourselves against (Schaaf's) actions was the way to go about it", he said. "But to blame her for 800 risky people out there is just false", Schwab added.
"Efforts by local politicians have shielded removable criminal aliens from immigration enforcement and created another magnet for more illegal immigration, all at the expense of the safety and security of the very people it purports to protect", the agency said in a statement.
And just last week, in Sacramento, Sessions said, "Those are 800 wanted criminals that are now at large in that community - 800 wanted criminals that ICE will now have to pursue with more difficulty in more risky situations, all because of one mayor's irresponsible action".
"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. "Then I took some time and I quit".
Of the battle over how to properly characterize the events, Schwab said, "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".
ICE could not immediately be reached for comment by The Post regarding Schwab's assertions that it had released false and misleading information. "Our democracy depends on public servants who act with integrity and hold transparency in the highest regard". Jordon Dyrdahl-Roberts wrote a piece in mid-February detailing his hard decision to resign as legal secretary for the Montana Department of Labor and Industry because he didn't want to help process documents that could help ICE track down and deport undocumented immigrants.
"It's the job of a public affairs officer to offer transparency for the agency you work for".
The Oakland mayor said in response to the former spokesman speaking out, "I commend Mr. Schwab for speaking the truth while under intense pressure to lie".
The president will visit California on Tuesday for the first time as president to inspect prototypes for his proposed border wall along the southern border.