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ACLU Sues Feds over ICE Arrests in Oregon Courthouses

February 12, 2018

Bob Price

2/11/2018

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The American Civil Liberties Union in Oregon filed a lawsuit against the federal government this past week challenging the presence of immigration deportation officers at courthouses in the state.

Breitbart Texas reported on February 2 that the head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a directive ordering ICE officers to target criminal aliens appearing in courthouses.

U.S. Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan signed the order on January 10.

Director Homan wrote in the directive to law enforcement officials:

Federal, state, and local law enforcement officials routinely engage in enforcement activity in courthouses throughout the country because many individuals appearing in courthouses for one matter are wanted for unrelated criminal or civil violations.

Homan continued, “ICE’s enforcement activities in these same courthouses are wholly consistent with longstanding law enforcement practices, nationwide.”

“And, courthouse arrests are often necessitated by the unwillingness of jurisdictions to cooperate with ICE in the transfer of custody of aliens from their prisons and jails,” the ICE acting director added. Homan says the refusal by local police officials in sanctuary jurisdictions to comply with detainers endangers ICE officers and the community.

The policy is seen by some as a move against sanctuary jurisdictions where officers cannot pick up illegal aliens within the safe confines of a jail.

The ACLU, in the sanctuary state of Oregon, filed a federal lawsuit and asked that ICE officials be required to disclose how many immigrants have been questioned by immigration officers at or near Oregon’s state courthouses, reported The Oregonian. The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking records back to January 2017, just before President Trump took office on January 20.

The lawsuit also asks the judge to order ICE to reveal any policies about who is being targeted, any policy about wearing plainclothes, and policies about agents answering questions or refusing to identify themselves to those who they are detaining, reported the media organization based in Portland.

An ICE spokeswoman declined to comment about whether the agency was engaging in racial profiling because of the litigation; however, she said that ICE agents “uphold our laws while continuing to provide our nation with safety and security.”

An Oregon congresswoman became angry in 2017 when ICE officers questioned a man outside an Washington County Courthouse, Breitbart Texas reported.

U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) demanded answers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials after officers stopped a man on September 18 in the Washington County, Oregon, courthouse and asked him for his identification, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from the congresswoman’s office. When the officers learned the man was a U.S. citizen and not the suspect they were searching for, they went on with their business and did not detain the man she identified as Isidro Andrade-Tafolla.

In another case in Oregon this week, the ACLU successfully forced a university hospital to reverse its policy on denying transplant services to illegal immigrants. As reported by Breitbart Texas, the ACLU in Oregon is now pushing for hospitals in that state to change their policies of requiring proof of lawful presence for transplant services.

 

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  1. February 13, 2018 7:11 pm

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    David Olen Cross writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime

    Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report 2017

    February 7, 2018

    Data Compiled By David Olen Cross

    Evaluation of 12 months of Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) Inmate Population Profiles for year 2017 indicated the DOC’s 14 prisons incarcerated an average of 14,696 inmates per day.

    Unpublished data obtained from the DOC indicated that from January 1st to December 1st of 2017 there were an average of 972 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) per day incarcerated in the state’s prison system; criminal aliens on a daily basis were 6.62 percent of the total prison population.

    The number of criminal aliens in DOC prisons in 2017 increased from 953 alien inmates on January 1st to 973 alien inmates on December 1st, an increase of 20 alien inmates, a 2.10 percent increase in alien inmates for the reporting period.

    Some background information, all the criminal aliens incarcerated in the DOC prisons were identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and have ICE detainers placed on them.

    The following four column table reveals a series of monthly first day or second day snapshots on the number of all DOC inmates, domestic inmates, criminal alien inmates, percentage of inmates who were criminal aliens and averages for all the inmate numbers incarcerated in the state’s prisons in 2017.

    OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
    Month/Day/Year DOC Daily Total Number of All Inmates DOC Daily Total Number of Domestic Inmates DOC Daily Total Number of Inmates W/ICE Detainers DOC Daily Percent of Inmates W/ICE Detainers
    January 1, 2017 14,617 13,664 953 6.52%
    February 1, 2017 14,594 13,627 967 6.63%
    March 1, 2017 14,654 13,680 974 6.65%
    April 1, 2017 14,644 13,682 962 6.57%
    May 1, 2017 14,691 13,722 969 6.60%
    June 1, 2017 14,708 13,727 981 6.67%
    July 1, 2017 14,742 13,756 986 6.69%
    August 1, 2017 14,722 13,738 984 6.68%
    September 1, 2017 14,760 13,789 971 6.58%
    October 2, 2017 14,728 13,757 971 6.59%
    November 1, 2017 14,752 13,774 978 6.63%
    December 1, 2017 14,739 13,766 973 6.60%
    Average 14,696 13,724 972 6.62%
    Source: Research and Evaluation 12 DOC Report ICE inmate lists 2017 and 12 Inmate Population Profiles 2017.

    The number and percentage of criminal aliens sent to DOC prisons from 15 Oregon counties increased from January 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017.

    Marion, Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties consistently had the majority of criminal aliens incarcerated in DOC prisons.

    Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the total change, increase or decrease, in the number and percentage of criminal alien inmates who were sent to prison from the state’s 36 counties for the time periods of January 1st and December 1st 2017.

    OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
    County DOC Total Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by County Incarcerated on January 1st. DOC Total Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by County Incarcerated on December 1st. DOC Total Number Inmates W/ICE Detainers Increase or (Decrease) by County DOC Total Percent Inmates W/ICE Detainers Increase or (Decrease) by County
    Marion 232 235 3 1.29%
    Multnomah 201 201 0 0.00%
    Washington 187 202 15 8.02%
    Clackamas 76 82 6 7.89%
    Lane 50 39 (11) (22.00%)
    Jackson 35 37 2 5.71%
    Yamhill 22 23 1 4.55%
    Umatilla 21 22 1 4.76%
    Linn 16 14 (2) (12.50%)
    Klamath 14 15 1 7.14%
    Polk 14 16 2 14.29%
    Benton 13 15 2 15.38%
    Malheur 11 9 (2) (18.18%)
    Deschutes 10 13 3 30.00%
    Lincoln 8 7 (1) (12.50%)
    Jefferson 6 5 (1) (16.67%)
    Clatsop 5 4 (1) (20.00%)
    Coos 5 4 (1) (20.00%)
    Josephine 4 5 1 25.00%
    Crook 3 1 (2) (66.67%)
    Douglas 3 4 1 33.33%
    Tillamook 3 3 0 0.00%
    Wasco 3 5 2 66.67%
    Hood River 2 4 2 100.00%
    Morrow 2 1 (1) (50.00%)
    Union 2 2 0 0.00%
    Columbia 1 2 1 100.00%
    Gilliam 1 1 0 0.00%
    Lake 1 1 0 0.00%
    OOS (Not county 1 1 0 0.00%
    Sherman 1 0 (1) (100.00%)
    Baker 0 0 0 0.00%
    Curry 0 0 0 0.00%
    Grant 0 0 0 0.00%
    Harney 0 0 0 0.00%
    Wallowa 0 0 0 0.00%
    Wheeler 0 0 0 0.00%
    Total 953 973 20
    Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmate lists for 01 January 17 and 01 December 17.

    Here are the ways Oregon residents were harmed and victimized by criminal aliens incarcerated in DOC prisons in 2017.

    The number and percentage of criminal aliens incarcerated in DOC prisons for the crimes of sex abuse, rape and sodomy increased in 2017.

    Again using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the total change, increase or decrease, in the number and percentage of criminal alien inmates incarcerated in the state’s prisons by type of crime for the time periods of January 1st and December 1st 2017.

    OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
    Crime DOC Total Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Type of Crime on January 1st DOC Total Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Type of Crime on December 1st. DOC Total Number Inmates W/ICE Detainers Increase or (Decrease) by Type of Crime. DOC Total Percent Inmates W/ICE Detainers Increase or (Decrease) by Type of Crime.
    Sex Abuse 185 200 15 8.11%
    Rape 170 175 5 2.94%
    Homicide 136 136 0 0.00%
    Drugs 112 97 (15) (13.39%)
    Sodomy 93 101 8 8.60%
    Assault 75 76 1 1.33%
    Robbery 54 52 (2) (3.70%)
    Kidnapping 26 25 (1) (3.85%)
    Theft 21 15 (6) (28.57%)
    Burglary 20 23 3 15.00%
    Driving Offense 9 7 (2) (22.22%)
    Vehicle Theft 4 5 1 25.00%
    Arson 0 0 0 0.00%
    Forgery 0 1 1 100.00%
    Escape 0 1 1 100.00%
    Other / Combination 48 59 11 22.92%
    Total 953 973 20
    Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmate lists for 01 January 17 and 01 December 17.

    On January 1, 2017 criminal aliens from at least 55 countries were listed as being incarcerated in DOC prisons, while on December 1, 2017 criminal aliens from at least 56 countries were listed as being incarcerated in the state’s prisons.

    Throughout year 2017 Mexican nationals were the vast majority of criminal aliens incarcerated in DOC prisons.

    Once again using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the total change, increase or decrease, in the number and percentage of criminal alien inmates, identifying them by their self-declared countries of origin, who were incarcerated in the state’s prisons for the time periods of January 1st and December 1st 2017.

    OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
    Country DOC Total Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Self-Declared Country of Origin on January 1st. DOC Total Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Self-Declared Country of Origin on December 1st. DOC Total Number Inmates W/ICE Detainers Increase or (Decrease) by Self-Declared Country of Origin DOC Total Percent Inmates W/ICE Detainers Increase or (Decrease) by Self-Declared Country of Origin
    Mexico 768 777 9 1.17%
    Guatemala 20 19 (1) (5.00%)
    El Salvador 14 15 1 7.14%
    Cuba 13 17 4 30.77%
    Vietnam 13 14 1 7.69%
    Honduras 11 14 3 27.27%
    Ukraine 10 5 (5) (50.00%)
    Russia 9 9 0 0.00%
    FSM 1 7 9 2 28.57%
    Cambodia 4 4 0 0.00%
    Laos 4 5 1 25.00%
    Marshall Islands 4 4 0 0.00%
    Philippines 4 4 0 0.00%
    Canada 3 3 0 0.00%
    Other Countries 69 74 5 7.25%
    Total 953 973 20
    Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmate lists for 01 January 17 and 01 December 17.
    1 Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).

    Beyond the DOC criminal alien incarceration numbers and incarceration percentages, per county and per crime type, or even country of origin, criminal aliens pose high economic cost to Oregonians in 2017.

    An individual prisoner incarcerated in the DOC prison system costs the state approximately ($94.55) per day.

    The DOC’s incarceration cost for an average number of 972 criminal alien inmates incarcerated in the state’s prisons for 2017 was approximately ($91,902.60) per day, ($643,318.20) per week, and ($33,544,449.00) per year.

    None of the preceding cost estimates for the DOC to incarcerate criminal aliens includes the dollar amount for legal services (indigent defense), language interpreters, court costs, or victim assistance.

    Bibliography

    Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profiles for 12 months of 2017:

    1 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile January 1, 2017:
    http://www.oregon.gov/doc/RESRCH/docs/inmate_profile_201701.pdf

    2 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile February 1, 2017:
    http://www.oregon.gov/doc/RESRCH/docs/inmate_profile_201702.pdf

    3 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile March 1, 2017:
    http://www.oregon.gov/doc/RESRCH/docs/inmate_profile_201703.pdf

    4 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile April 1, 2017:
    http://www.oregon.gov/doc/RESRCH/docs/inmate_profile_201704.pdf

    5 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile May 1, 2017:
    http://www.oregon.gov/doc/RESRCH/docs/inmate_profile_201705.pdf

    6 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile June 1, 2017:
    http://www.oregon.gov/doc/RESRCH/docs/inmate_profile_201706.pdf

    7 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile July 1, 2017:
    http://www.oregon.gov/doc/RESRCH/docs/inmate_profile_201707.pdf

    8 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile August 1, 2017:
    http://www.oregon.gov/doc/RESRCH/docs/inmate_profile_201708.pdf

    9 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile September 1, 2017:
    http://www.oregon.gov/doc/RESRCH/docs/inmate_profile_201709.pdf

    10 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile October 2, 2017:
    http://www.oregon.gov/doc/RESRCH/docs/inmate_profile_201710.pdf

    11 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile November 1, 2017:
    http://www.oregon.gov/doc/RESRCH/docs/inmate_profile_201711.pdf

    12 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile December 1, 2017:
    http://www.oregon.gov/doc/RESRCH/docs/inmate_profile_201712.pdf

    Oregon Department of Corrections unpublished criminal alien data for 12 months of 2017:

    1 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated January 1, 2017.

    2 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated February 1, 2017.

    3 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated March 1, 2017.

    4 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated April 1, 2017.

    5 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated May 1, 2017.

    6 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated June 1, 2017.

    7 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated July 1, 2017.

    8 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated August 1, 2017.

    9 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated September 1, 2017.

    10 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated October 2, 2017.

    11 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated November 1, 2017.

    12 – Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated December 1, 2017.

    Oregon Department of Corrections Issue Brief Quick Facts IB-53, January, 2017:
    http://www.oregon.gov/doc/OC/docs/pdf/IB-53-Quick%20Facts.pdf

    David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. This report is a service to Oregon state, county and city governmental officials to help them assess the impact of foreign national crime in the state. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com or at http://docfnc.wordpress.com/

    https://docfnc.wordpress.com/2018/02/07/oregon-department-of-corrections-criminal-alien-report-2017/

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