Thursday, March 01, 2018
The mayor of Oakland, CA warned undocumented immigrants that the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) was about to make arrests in the town. She did it because Oakland is a self-proclaimed sanctuary city. ICE was furious with her and said 850 targets had slipped away. The mayor put her reputation on the line and that of Oakland as well. It was a courageous act and good PR -- what one does and not what one says. Maybe the next time ICE will leave Oakland alone. That is surely the hope of the mayor and immigrants there. ICE is running roughshod over the lives of the undocumented and creating havoc where there doesn't need to be any. It is good that it has had its comeuppance and perhaps the mayor's act will be emulated elsewhere in the US.