Deportation Cases up 60% in Los Angeles under Trump, ICE morale highest in years

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Deportation cases have skyrocketed in Los Angeles and across the country after President Trump has eliminated Obama's "administrative closure" policy, which allowed illegal immigrants to stay in the country.


LOS ANGELES -- Since President Donald Trump's inauguration on February 20th, the city of Los Angeles has experienced a skyrocket in deportation cases under the new administration. The number soared over 60 percent as old cases that were once closed are now being re-opened.

Nationwide, the number of deportation cases has jumped over 70 percent, Leslie Berestein Rojas of SCPR and 89.3 KPCC reports from Los Angeles.

U.S. immigration officials have began implementing stricter regulations on even unauthorized iimmigrants, too. In Los Angeles, unauthorized immigrants line up outside the federal building for their regular checkups by federal agents.


The previous administration of then President Barack Obama did little to what Trump calls "securing our borders". Before Trump, what was called “administrative closure,” allowed the Obama administration to close deportation proceedings, allowing unauthorized immigrants to remain in the United States as long as they checked in with immigration officials on a regular basis. However, now that Trump has put terminated this "administrative closure", deportation cases are skyrocketing.

Apparently, those required regular checkups by immigration officials are now being used as traps to arrest and deport illegal aliens in Los Angeles. 

Miguel, an unauthorized illegal immigrant who was headed to his regular checkup at the L.A. federal building, nervously spoke about what could happen.

"I’ve heard that some people who come in to report, they don’t come out. They come out handcuffed," he said in Spanish.

Miguel came to the attention of I.C.E. agents several years ago after being pulled over for a broken tail light. However, he has lived in the U.S. for over two decades, raised a family, and maintained a clean record. In 2014, he was facing deportation, but his attorney convinced ICE officials to drop the case due to his clean history. Since then, Miguel is required to show up to annual checkups with agents. While he says he is fairly confident each time that things will go well, he says he knows that immigration policies are changing.

“You come here worried, worried that something is going to happen to you," he said.

The surge in deportation cases is especially surprising considering many governors across California said they would refuse to uphold Trump's executive order travel ban, and the San Francisco Police Department announced they were ending cooperation with an FBI counter terrorism task force. The Trump administration and ICE agents have faced a large amount of obstruction from local police departments and State governments attempting to block the arrest and deportation of unauthorized immigrants living in their cities. Cities like San Francisco have declared themselves sanctuary cities, claiming to provide safe haven to illegal immigrants.

Regardless of the obstruction the administration and agents continue to face, the numbers of deportation cases have gone up in a notable way. For ICE agents, morale is also at it's highest, as President of the ICE council says, "morale within the ICE is now at its highest in my years", but still says there's work to be done: “We need our piece of the swamp drained." Crane said.



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