Immigration advocates derisively called former President Barack Obama the "deporter-in-chief," but new data obtained by KQED show the Trump administration has been even more aggressive in targeting jail inmates for deportation from San Francisco.
San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy said the sheriff's office received more than four times as many immigration requests in 2017 -- the first year Donald Trump was president -- as in the final year of Barack Obama's presidency.
Those requests come from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) anytime someone booked into San Francisco County Jail is flagged as having a potential immigration violation, Hennessy said. ICE could be asking for information, or issuing what's known as a detainer request -- asking the sheriff to keep an inmate in jail past when they should be released on their local criminal case.
"What has changed is the number of requests we are getting," she said in a recent interview.
"On a detainer, they'd like us to hold somebody and let them know when we're finished with them so they could come and get them. If it's a voluntary notification, they want us to let them know whenever we are releasing somebody."