“Tonight, ICE confirmed it conducted an operation in the Bay Area that included Oakland.
“My statement on Saturday was meant to give all residents time to learn their rights and know their legal options. It was my intention that one mother, or one father, would use the information to help keep their family together.
“I do not regret sharing this information. It is Oakland’s legal right to be a sanctuary city and we have not broken any laws. We believe our community is safer when families stay together.
“We know that law-abiding residents live in fear of arrest and deportation every day. My priority is for the long-term well-being of Oakland, and I know that our city is safer when we share information that leads to community awareness.
“I want to remind those who may need legal representation, to contact the following website: https://centrolegal.org/acilep/. Employers should also consult this link to understand their obligations and responsibilities under state law.”
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