Following its first-ever subpoenaing for information on eight criminal illegal aliens in sanctuary cities, four living in Denver and four in New York City, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is now trying the same tactics in Oregon.
“ICE served five more immigration subpoenas today on the Hillsboro Police Department, Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, seeking information on illegal aliens who were criminally arrested in their jurisdictions,” an ICE press release said. “These immigration subpoenas are necessary due to dangerous sanctuary laws that are forcing Oregon law enforcement agencies as well as state, county and local governments, to refuse ICE’s requests for information and cooperation.”
Sanctuary laws in Oregon, as they do in many other locales, prevent local authorities from releasing details about illegal aliens to federal immigration authorities, including when an illegal alien is charged with a crime or when the illegal alien will be released from jail.
Michael Melendez, acting field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Seattle, blasted sanctuary policies in a statement.
“ICE will not be governed by dangerous sanctuary laws and community leaders who put politics over public safety to interfere with our mission to remove dangerous criminal aliens from the community. The public should be very concerned that ICE does not always know who is being arrested, when they’ll be released, or if they are at-large in the community again. Sanctuary polices do not protect the public but actually endanger the community by aiding the surreptitious release of dangerous criminals back into the community.”
ICE is seeking information on four individuals with long rap sheets.
Two of them have been deported from the United States five times each. Crimes committed by the four men range from driving under the influence, drug possession, assault, failure to appear, and disorderly conduct.
The Trump administration has been taking aggressive action against sanctuary states and cities recently. His Department of Justice (DOJ) recently sued the state of New Jersey and King County, WA, over their own sanctuary city policies.
Meanwhile, Republicans in the House and Senate have introduced legislation to strip sanctuary locales of federal law enforcement funding.
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