Sanctuary Oregon: ICE put hold months ago on illegal alien now accused of killing his wife

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Free to roam in sanctuary Oregon: Illegal alien Gallardo/Clackamas County Sheriff’s photo

From Oregon Live: Federal officers say they placed an immigration hold in March on a man facing domestic violence allegations but the Multnomah County jail wouldn’t recognize their civil detainer.

The man is now accused of killing his wife and dumping her body in a ditch near a summer camp outside Sandy in Clackamas County.

The case is the latest to shine the spotlight on Oregon’s controversial sanctuary law just as voters in next week’s election will decide whether to repeal the law.

The matter goes to the heart of the debate over the 31-year-old law, a major thorn in the side of the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has singled out Oregon and other states with similar laws as a haven for criminals who don’t belong in the United States.

It also exposes the fraying relationship between the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The latest case has both agencies accusing the other of not protecting the Portland community.

ICE officials said they put a hold on Martin Gallo-Gallardo on March 6 after he was arrested and accused of felony fourth-degree assault in the alleged abuse of his wife. The agency provided The Oregonian/OregonLive with a copy of the receipt from the fax they sent to the Sheriff’s Office.

Gallo-Gallardo, a Mexican citizen, illegally entered the U.S., according to ICE. Border Patrol officers had previously apprehended him multiple times, federal officials said.

ICE wanted the county jail to alert immigration officers before Gallo-Gallardo’s release so they could pick him up and hold him for deportation proceedings.

County sheriff’s officials said they didn’t get the ICE request but wouldn’t have followed it anyway. They argue that the detainers are administrative requests, not criminal warrants, and don’t meet state and federal law.

Gallo-Gallardo, 45, posted bail and prosecutors soon dismissed the felony assault allegations when his wife and a daughter wouldn’t cooperate in the case and a grand jury didn’t return an indictment, according to court records and investigators.

This week, Gallo-Gallardo was charged with murder, accused of fatally stabbing his wife, Coral Rodriguez Lorenzo, 38.

An ICE spokeswoman suggested if Multnomah County had alerted the federal agency so its officers could pick up and hold Gallo-Gallardo before he was released from jail, he probably wouldn’t have returned to his family.

“ICE maintains that cooperation by local law enforcement is an indispensable component of promoting public safety,” said Tanya J. Roman, a spokeswoman for the ICE regional office that covers Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.

“It’s unfortunate that law enforcement agencies like the Multnomah County jail refuse to work with ICE to promote public safety by holding criminals accountable and providing justice and closure for their victims,” she said.

Sheriff Mike Reese has said his deputies will hold a person for ICE only when they receive a federal criminal arrest warrant signed by a judge, and won’t share information with federal immigration authorities.

The Sheriff’s Office said it never received the civil detainer for Gallo-Gallardo, though it wouldn’t have kept him on an administrative immigration hold in any case, said Sgt. Brandon White, sheriff’s spokesman.

The Sheriff’s Office pushed back at ICE in a scathing response Friday. “ICE is putting our community at risk with their failed enforcement strategy of not using the authority the agency already has to hold people accountable,” the office said in a statement.

“No Oregon jail can hold someone on a civil detainer based on the federal court case Miranda Oliveras v. Clackamas County. The U.S. Attorney’s Office knows this, ICE knows this, but they persist in pursuing this failed strategy. Federal officials had ample time to do their job. They had his name, address and his telephone number.

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5 responses to “Sanctuary Oregon: ICE put hold months ago on illegal alien now accused of killing his wife

  1. Clearly obstruction of justice. Arrest the mayor, police chief, and anybody else responsible for the sanctuary policy.

  2. BUILD THE WALL. and for this illegal he should get capital punishment for murder and for illegally entering the country.

  3. Kevin J Lankford

    I’m sure none of them are doing any thing they would not do back at home.

  4. It’s clear the left has no concern for brown lives.



    Will Racke | Immigration and Foreign Policy Reporte 6:54 AM 11/02/2018 | US

    The Oregon man who allegedly killed his wife in late October is an illegal alien who was released from county jail seven months ago, despite what immigration authorities say was an active detention request for the suspect, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

    Martin Gallo-Gallardo, 45, is charged with murder in the death of Coral Rodriguez-Lorenzo, 38, whose body was discovered Oct. 28 in Clackamas County, Oregon.

    The following day, detectives brought in Gallo-Gallardo for questioning, during which he confessed to killing Rodriguez-Lorenzo, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

    Immigration authorities first discovered that Gallo-Gallardo, a Mexican national, was living in the U.S. illegally in March, when he was arrested by Portland police on felony domestic violence charges. Following the arrest, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged a civil immigration detainer on Gallo-Gallardo with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, but he was freed on bail after two days in jail.

    ICE confirmed Gallo-Gallardo’s immigration status and arrest history in a statement to Salem, Oregon-based crime researcher David Olen Cross, who shared it Thursday with TheDCNF.

    “Martin Gallo-Gallardo is a citizen of Mexico who unlawfully entered the United States. [ICE] placed an immigration detainer on Gallo Gallardo on March 6, following his arrest for Felony Assault 4th degree,” agency spokesperson Tanya Roman said, according to Cross. “The Multnomah County Jail did not honor that detainer and Gallo Gallardo was released on bond on March 8. Through failure to honor the ICE detainer, Gallo Gallardo has remained in the United States unlawfully since the Multnomah County Jail release.”

    Cross inquired about Gallo-Gallardo’s immigration status as a part of his research into criminal activity by noncitizens in Oregon on behalf of Republican state Sen. Kim Thatcher. His analyses help document the cost of incarcerating foreign nationals in the state prison system, where one in 15 inmates is a criminal alien. (RELATED: Driver Who Allegedly Killed Oregon Couple In DUI Crash Is Illegal Alien, ICE Says)

    In a statement provided to TheDCNF, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office disputed ICE’s claim that it had asked jail officials to hold Gall-Gallardo on a detainer.

    “At no time prior to his court authorized release did MCSO receive a civil detainer or a criminal warrant from ICE that would have allowed us to keep him in custody,” Sgt. Brandon White, the agency’s public information officer, said. “If federal immigration authorities had reason to keep Martin Gallo-Gallardo in custody they failed to take the steps necessary to make that happen, including entering information into any law enforcement criminal databases. We received no communication from ICE in regards to Martin Gallo-Gallardo.”

    Oregon is one of the nation’s most active states when it comes to limiting cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. It has had a sanctuary law on the books since 1987 that prohibits state and local law enforcement resources from being used to enforce federal immigration law.

    Oregon’s Democratic-controlled legislature expanded the sanctuary protections in 2017 with a law that forbids schools, courts and other public agencies from sharing information with immigration authorities unless required to do so by federal law.

    Reports of a high-profile murder allegedly committed by an illegal alien wanted by ICE come days ahead of the Nov. 6 elections, when Oregon voters will decide on a ballot initiative to overturn the sanctuary law. Known as Measure 105, the referendum is backed by about half of Oregon’s county sheriffs, mostly from rural, conservative-leaning parts of the state.

    Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese, whose agency released Gallo-Gallardo despite the ICE detainer, opposes the effort to repeal Oregon’s sanctuary laws.

    “Current law helps create bright lines for local law enforcement,” Reese said in a recent TV ad, according to NPR. “Communities we serve know that we’re focused on protecting and serving them. We’re not worried about their immigration issues.”

    Meanwhile, Gallo-Gallardo is being held in the Clackamas County jail without bail. He has entered a plea of not guilty and is expected to make his next court appearance on Nov. 6.

    During his interview with police, Gallo-Gallardo said he accidentally elbowed Rodriguez-Lorenzo in the face during a party in Multnomah County, KOIN6 News reported, citing a probable cause affidavit. Later, when they were driving in rural Clackamas County, he allegedly attacked her when she got out of the car to clean her face.

    “He then stated he attacked her, pushing her down where she hit her head and then began to stab her multiple times,” the affadavit states, according to KOIN6.

    The Gallo-Gallardo case is an example of how Oregon’s sanctuary laws can enable crimes against the very immigrants they are intended to protect, Roman says.

    “It’s unfortunate that law enforcement agencies like the Multnomah County Jail refuse to work with ICE to promote public safety by holding criminals accountable and providing justice and closure for their victims,” she said, according to Cross. “Sanctuary policies not only provide a refuge for illegal aliens, but they also shield criminal aliens who prey on people in their own and other communities.”

    With respect to immigration detention in Oregon, a U.S. magistrate judge ruled in 2014 that Clackamas County violated the Fourth Amendment rights of an illegal immigrant when it held her on an ICE detainer when she was eligible for bail.

    To avoid further civil lawsuits, the Oregon Sheriffs Association recommended jail officials stop responding to immigration detention requests unless they are backed by a federal arrest warrant.

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