U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is subpoenaing multiple Oregon cities for information on criminal illegal aliens being protected by “sanctuary city” policies.
In a statement released on Friday, ICE served five immigration subpoenas on the Hillsboro Police Department, Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.
The agency is attempting to obtain information about individuals arrested in each jurisdiction, explaining, “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.”
“Under Oregon’s sanctuary laws, county and law enforcement officials are prohibited from providing ICE with non-public information about criminal aliens necessary for federal law enforcement, including the release dates of those criminal aliens from local jails,” the ICE press release states. “In addition, Oregon law enforcement does not honor immigration detainers due to Oregon court rulings.”
Two of the individuals ICE is seeking information on have been deported five times each.
Crimes committed by the illegals include driving under the influence, possession of heroin, assault, failure to appear, probation violations, reckless driving and disorderly conduct.
The ICE subpoenas are relatively new, issuing the first round in January where they sought information on eight criminal illegal aliens in sanctuary cities, four in Denver and four in New York City.
Michael Melendez, ICE’s acting field office director for Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Seattle, Washington, said, “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,” Melendez continued. “Sanctuary policies do not protect the public but actually endanger the community by aiding the surreptitious release of dangerous criminals back into the community.”
These ICE subpoenas come just a week after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed it deployed specially trained agents to sanctuary cities like Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, New Orleans, Detroit and Newark, N.J., to help Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents apprehend illegal immigrants.