The city of Los Angeles saw deportation cases jump 60% under President Trump as the Obama administration’s “administrative closure” rules are no longer in use.
The “administrative closure” platform that the Obama administration put in place closed all deportation proceedings and effectively allowed illegal aliens to stay in the country as long as they regularly checked in with their immigration officials.
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This shift in immigration enforcement was anticipated by many officials in California earlier this year. In fact, on January 31, 2017, Breitbart News reported that Democrat San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said he would not enforce Trump’s travel ban (the ban was newly-issued at the time). Lee was joined in opposition by Police Chief William Scott and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy.
Just days after Lee, Scott, and Hennessy announced their refusal to enforce the travel ban, San Francisco’s Police Department made clear that it was ending its cooperation with an FBI counterterrorism taskforce. The SFPD’s announcement came after the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) — which has been declared a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates and was named by federal prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas funding operation — sent a letter to San Francisco officials, asking them to adhere to “city and state rules” when working with the federal government.