However, in recent weeks, Mayor Schaaf has again become the subject national of attention after publicly notifying illegal immigrants in the Oakland area of upcoming U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations in the Bay Area.
According to ICE Director Thomas Homan, more than 800 illegal immigrants in Northern California were able to avoid arrest due to Mayor Schaaf’s warning. Mayor Schaaf’s warning to illegal immigrants has also led the Department of Justice (DOJ) to announce its review of her decision to warn of ICE immigration sweeps in advance. On Tuesday, the DOJ also announced that it had filed a lawsuit against California over the state’s deliberate interference with federal immigration policies.
While there has been much media attention given to the ongoing battle between the state of California and the Trump administration, almost no attention has been given to one major detail contained in Mayor Schaaf’s public warning.
In her warning, Mayor Schaaf tweeted that: “Interested residents should consult the website http://www.centrolegal.org/acilep/ to understand their rights and options in the event they face detention or know someone who needs legal representation.”
But just what is Centro Legal de la Raza, and why is it significant that Mayor Schaaf singled this organization out in her warning?
According to its website, Centro Legal de la Raza was founded in 1969 with the purpose of providing “…comprehensive legal services, protecting and advancing the rights of immigrant, low-income, and Latino communities through bilingual legal representation, education, and advocacy.”
According to documents from George Soros’ Open Society Foundation (OSF), in 2017 OSF’s “Communities Against Hate” initiative donated $100,000 to Centro Legal de la Raza. The document describes the purpose of its donation as follows: “Centro Legal de la Raza will set up a bilingual Spanish-English hotline in Oakland, where immigrants face increasing threats of eviction from their homes.”
Last February, Centro Legal de la Raza partnered with several East Bay organizations to form the Alameda County Immigration Legal & Education Partnership (ACILEP). Through this partnership, the ACILEP will aide illegal immigrant communities by providing, “critical legal and support services to Alameda County families facing the immediate threat of separation due to deportation.”
ACILEP has also received over $1 million in tax-payer funds, with the Alameda County Board of Supervisors allocating $750,000 and the City of Oakland allocating $300,000.
Other activist organizations comprising the ACILEP include: Black Alliance for Just Immigration, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, Causa Justa/Just Cause, The Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Oakland Community Organizations, Street Level Health, and Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay.
George Soros is well known for supporting pro-immigration groups around the world. Groups associated with the controversial philanthropist including a number NGO’s supporting a fleet that is bussing migrants into the EU from North Africa. The fleet has been accused of creating security liabilities due to the fact that ISIS controls the human trafficking trade in areas such as Libya and can use migrant populations for recruitment and concealment of operatives attempting to enter Europe.
While the involved NGO’s claim to be involved with the intention of assisting migrants, Soros has been investigated by Italian authorities for his role in aiding and abetting human traffickers as well as directly contributing to the risk of death migrants face when attempting to enter the EU. Such support for trafficking networks and organized crime raises questions about the true intentions behind Soros’ “advocacy.”