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Oakland Mayor Fires Back at Sessions: 'How dare you distort the reality' to advance 'racist agenda'
Thursday, March 08, 2018
- The Hill
Oakland Mayor Fires Back at Sessions: 'How dare you distort the reality' to advance 'Racist agenda'
"Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (D) hit back at Attorney General Jeff Sessions after he sharply criticized her for warning residents about upcoming immigration raids.
Sessions singled out Schaaf in his remarks Wednesday in announcing a federal lawsuit against California over the state’s “sanctuary city” policies, asking: “How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical open borders agenda.”
“How dare you vilify members of our community by trying to frighten the American public into thinking all undocumented residents are dangerous criminals,” Schaaf shot back later Wednesday while speaking at Oakland City Hall, according to SF Gate.
“How dare you distort the reality about declining violent crime in a diverse sanctuary city like Oakland, California, to advance your racist agenda.”
“It was not my intention to get caught up in a national debate, but I do believe that I am speaking for the residents of my city,” she added. “The agenda of this administration is petty political vindictiveness.”..."