ICE Arrests at Least 3 People in Sacramento

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Update: Oakland's Mayor Libby Schaaf released a statement Tuesday saying she does not regret warning Bay Area residents about the raids.

SACRAMENTO -- Just a few hours after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf released an official statement warning undocumented immigrants of upcoming Immigration Customs Enforcement activity at least three people in Sacramento County were detained.

"While I am very committed to being a law-abiding citizen, I feel confident that my sharing this information, because I did not receive it through official channels, is legal and frankly it's my ethical obligation," Mayor Schaaf said to the press.

According to Sacramento Area Congregations Together, their migrant watch tip line had three reports of ICE arrests between 8 a.m. and noon Sunday. But the exact locations were not given by those who called in.

"One foot in jail, you will be picked up by ICE," said Sacramento-based Immigration Attorney Elias Mendoza.

ICE released a statement Tuesday, stating they arrested more than 150 people since Sunday.

Of those arrests, they reported two people who were arrested out of Sacramento had criminal convictions. One was a Mexican citizen and documented gang member and another was a citizen of Guatemala with a criminal conviction for false imprisonment. Another Mexican citizen was arrested in Stockton and has a previous criminal conviction for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old.

“Thanks to the dedicated and professional work of ICE deportation officers, we were able to remove many public safety threats from the streets of the Bay Area during the past few days," said ICE Deputy Director Thomas Homan. "However, 864 criminal aliens and public safety threats remain at large in the community, and I have to believe that some of them were able to elude us thanks to the mayor’s irresponsible decision. Unlike the politicians who attempt to undermine ICE’s critical mission, our officers will continue to fulfill their sworn duty to protect public safety.”

Mendoza said the legal battle for undocumented immigrants to stay in the country is getting harder and harder every day.

"And it's been literally since January 1st, 2017 until now a constant change of almost every two months some internal policy changing procedure that literally effects how I operate as an attorney with the cases and the families that I represent," Mendoza told FOX40.

He said many clients come in too late for legal help, further complicating things.

"This last week I've had to turn down six or seven different bond cases but I have no time to handle," Mendoza said. "And it breaks my heart, it does, I don't have time to go help them."

But Mendoza said it's better to act now rather than wait.

"They should seek out what benefits they can because more than likely there's something they can do or there's nothing they can do," Mendoza said. "And it's better to know rather than living in fear, pretending that you think everything is going to be okay."