PORTLAND, OR – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is stepping up, calling immigration sanctuaries on the carpet, and doing their job.
“We will not be governed by dangerous sanctuary laws and community leaders who out politics over public safety to interfere with our mission to remove dangerous criminal aliens from the community,” ICE said in a statement.
They served five immigration subpoenas Friday on the Hillsboro Police Department, Wasco County Sheriff’s Office and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.
ICE says it’s seeking information on people living in the U.S. illegally who were arrested on criminal charges in these jurisdictions. Law Enforcement Today
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement served immigration subpoenas to the Hillsboro Police Department and Oregon State Police along with the Wasco County, Clackamas County and Washington County Sheriff’s Offices on Friday.
Under Oregon’s sanctuary laws, county and law enforcement officials cannot provide ice with non-public information about criminal aliens to federal law enforcement.
“Politically motivated sanctuary laws tie the hands of local law enforcement agencies who clearly see that working with ICE is crucial to public safety,” said Bryan Wilcox, deputy field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations-Seattle. These irresponsible laws and policies not only unnecessarily pit federal and local law enforcement officers against each other, but provide a refuge for criminal aliens who prey on people in their communities. The public needs to know that cooperation between all law enforcement agencies make their communities safer by holding criminals accountable and providing justice and closure for their victims.”
ICE uses statutorily-authorized administrative subpoenas to obtain information as part of investigations regarding potential removable aliens. ICE has not historically needed to use its lawful authority to issue these subpoenas to obtain information from other law enforcement agencies as most law enforcement agencies throughout the country willingly provide ICE with information regarding aliens arrested for crimes in the interest of public safety.
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