Cities have a right to ignore the federal government. There are times when this is a good thing. When ICE issues a detainer on an illegal immigrant with a criminal history who has been deported 20 times, it’s not the right time to invoke their “tolerance” and ignore the request.
Portland, which recently declared itself as a sanctuary city, decided that ignoring ICE and releasing Sergio Jose Martinez was the right thing to do. Unfortunately, he allegedly found a victim and brutally assaulted her before stealing her car.
As reported by KGW:
According to court documents filed in March 2017, Martinez has a history of illegal entry into the United States. He has been a transient in the Portland area for more than a year and has been deported 20 times.
Martinez has at least five probation violations for re-entering the United States. His most recent removal was in November 2016, according to the March court documents.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged an immigration detainer against Martinez, asking authorities to notify them before releasing Martinez to allow ICE to take him into custody. The Department of Homeland Security said a detainer was requested for Martinez in December 2016, but he was released into the community and authorities did not notify ICE.
It’s a cities responsibility to handle law enforcement for its people. Sometimes, that means ignoring the politically charged status of being a sanctuary city and putting the safety of American citizens above the feelings of criminal illegal immigrants. Portland and many other cities across the nation refuse to learn this lesson. Thankfully, people have the ability to leave. I’d strongly encourage doing so if you live in Portland.