Illegal Oregon rape suspect deported at least 13 times since 2008
An illegal alien accused of raping two women in Oregon was deported at least 13 times since 2008 according to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
ICE also says that the alien was the subject of a detainer when he was arrested last December on unrelated charges. Since Oregpmn authorities follow sanctuary policies, he was released before ICE could take custody of him.
Sergio Jose Martinez, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, had been deported at least 13 times since 2008, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson Virginia Kice confirmed to Portland’s KATU2. Martinez, 31, was also the subject of an ICE detainer request placed Dec. 7, 2016 with the Multnomah County Jail, where he was being held on local charges.
Because Oregon law prohibits police from using agency resources to enforce immigration law, jail officials released Martinez the following day without notifying ICE.
“ICE last encountered Mr. Martinez Dec. 7, 2016, at the Multnomah County Jail and lodged an immigration detainer against him at that time requesting that the agency be notified prior to his release,” Kice said in a statement. “However, despite the detainer, local authorities released Mr. Martinez back into the community the following day without providing any notification to ICE.”
Martinez is accused of two separate attacks against women in Portland on Monday, reports local CBS affiliate KOIN. Police say Martinez first broke into the apartment of a 65-year-old woman, bound her hands and feet with scarves, and proceeded to sexually assault her.
Later that day, he confronted a woman in a parking garage with a knife and threatened to kill her. Police suspect that Martinez was attempting to kidnap the woman as she left work.
As KOIN reports, Martinez has a lengthy criminal history in Oregon and California. He has been arrested at least 20 times for offenses ranging from burglary and drug possession to auto theft and hit and run, according to police records. Along with local charges, Martinez has been deported back to Mexico on several occasions, most recently on Nov. 2, 2016.
Oregon has for many years been one of the nation’s most restrictive states when it comes to allowing local law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. A 1986 law prevents police from using any resources to arrest or detain people whose “only violation of law is that they are persons of foreign citizenship present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.” The Oregon legislature passed a law in late June that expands that prohibition to all “public bodies” within the state.
Do Oregon residents realize their political leaders have made them sitting ducks? This is another brutal crime that didn't have to happen and is a direct result of policies that put politics above public safety.
More to the point, the crimes committed by this illegal alien need not have happened if there was a law that covered people who repeatedly violate American soveriegnty and cross the border illegally. At what point do we jail illegals for this kind of serial law breaking?
The Trump administration is at war with these sanctuary cities and states, looking to cut off some funding to punish them for their defiance. It's an issue that will almost certainly end up before the Supreme Court. Until that happens, innocent people will suffer and die unnecessarily because some politicians see an advantage to pandering to the Hispanic community. Their refusal to cooperate with federal immigration authorities is not about money, or "compassion." It's about politics. And it's time for the practice to come to an end.