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An ICE spokesman resigned, accusing the Trump administration of 'fabricating the truth' about immigrant arrests in California
Business Insider3/13/2018 12:21:37 PM

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  • An Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman said he resigned after the Trump administration made false statements about a California mayor who warned immigrants about an impending arrest operation.
  • Top Trump administration officials have said the mayor's warning prevented ICE from arresting hundreds of "criminal aliens."
  • But the former ICE spokesman said that's not true, adding that he was told to "deflect" media questions about the numbers.

A spokesman for the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has resigned, accusing the Trump administration of making false statements about a major operation that netted 232 unauthorized immigrants.

The spokesman, James Schwab, said it was untrue that more than 800 "criminal aliens" escaped arrest due to a warning days earlier from Oakland's mayor, as the Trump administration claimed.

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