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Oregon Sheriff Says He Couldn’t Detain Man Who Was Deported 20 Times

June 12, 2018  | 

Sheriff Mike Reese (Photo: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
Sheriff Mike Reese (Photo: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

Multnomah County (OR) Sheriff Mike Reese is defending how his office handled the case of an immigrant who has been deported on multiple occasions and was allegedly involved in several recent violent crimes, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese places the responsibility for Sergio Jose Martinez’s release squarely on ICE officials.

Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency officials have said Sergio Jose Martinez had been deported 20 times prior to his latest arrest.

Sheriff Reese issued a statement Monday saying, “This terrible incident is concerning for everyone. We held the defendant until he could not be legally held any longer.”

Under Oregon’s “sanctuary” law, local law enforcement agencies cannot use their resources to enforce federal immigration law if a person’s only crime is being in the country illegally.

“Prior to his release, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials had not sent a criminal warrant, signed by a judge, allowing MCSO to hold the defendant in jail,” Reese said in a written statement. “Instead, they processed a civil detainer, which they know cannot be legally used in Oregon.”


Comments (8)

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jojo @ 6/12/2018 3:50 PM

Just send the criminal warrant signed by a judge, otherwise it puts the law enforcement officers between a rock and a hard place. Our legal teams tell us a detainer is not legal for us to hold and we will be sued. Help us out ICE, we don't want these people here anymore than you do.

Stan Ronin Smith @ 6/12/2018 4:43 PM

So this illegal alien, with multiple criminal convictions, continues to get out of prison, gets deported (supposedly after serving some semblance of time in jail/prison) only to come back, repeatedly, to your jurisdiction (sanctuary city), and commit more crimes, but it is somehow ICE's fault?

kevcopaz @ 6/12/2018 4:49 PM

This Sheriff is to blame. as is Oregon. The federal government laws supersedes the state laws and this Sheriff was not using "resources" all he had to do is call ICE again and tell them when he was being released. This is BS on his part. If he had any guts he would not hide under this Sanctuary city crap and did his job.. top protect the citizens of his county FIRST! He should have had the balls to do it the right way and let the State "sanctuary officials" take him to court arrest him or whatever. He should be ashman=med of himself and this is on his head.

Jon Retired LEO @ 6/12/2018 4:58 PM

All of law enforcement can lay the blame directly on the Democrats (Liberals) for this crap. They want extra votes so badly they are willing to take the criminals votes no matter what they have done.

Tom Ret @ 6/13/2018 6:52 AM

There was no priority with the sheriff to get this guy off the street. He is not going to buck the system even if he knows he is putting the public at risk by doing so. It is easier to just blame ICE if the guy falls through the cracks and ends up back on the street committing more crimes.

Grey Bear @ 6/13/2018 12:53 PM

If they're not going to deport this person and make sure he stays deported, then make sure he stays in Oregon; they wanted to be a "sanctuary" state, then they should be allowed to reap the benefits, so this person can continue to be "involved in several recent violent crimes".

tedb @ 6/13/2018 12:54 PM

Being an alien illegally in the US is a misdemeanor offense under 8 USC 1325. If he was actually DEPORTED, it becomes a felony under 8 USC 1326. Unfortunately, most people, including the media, don't know the difference between a deportation, executed by an immigration judge; and a "voluntary Return", which means he was given a ride to the border. Many times a VR is referred to as a deportation, but it isn't. The feds can't get a criminal warrant unless it is a felony, therefore you have a state (OR) dictating impossible conditions to the feds. Similar to NV law telling the FBI they have to do backgrounds on people purchasing firearms at gun shows. FBI says "NO", ergo...the law is invalid. Sheriff probably knows this and is using it as an excuse.

kojack58 @ 7/1/2018 9:43 AM

Sheriff, what is the problem with taking this subject putting him in a patrol car and taking him to ICE as you know he has been feloniously come back into the US more than 15 times. Come on use some common sense.

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