PORTLAND, Ore. — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, served two immigration subpoenas on the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.
The subpoenas were served to request information on two Mexican citizens they believe are in the country while undocumented and whom they believe have a criminal record, according to a statement released by the agency.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the request on Tuesday evening, saying they plan to share the requested information with ICE.
The immigration subpoenas issued on Tuesday are the first in Oregon. Since January, ICE has also issued similar immigration subpoenas in California, Denver, Connecticut and New York.
This comes a few days after U.S. Attorney General Barr and the Justice Department ratcheted up legal pressure on local governments over “sanctuary” policies that hinder federal immigration officers.
The two cases in which ICE is seeking further information are in regards to a sexual abuse case involving a Mexican citizen and a DUII case case involving a Mexican citizen.
Statement from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office:
The Department of Homeland Security issued Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett two immigration enforcement subpoenas to produce records related to two different individuals in current custody of the Washington County Jail. The subpoenas, at issue, were signed by an authorized U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official and were properly served. The subpoenas are specifically authorized by federal law, 8 United States Code section 1225(d) and by the Code of Federal Regulations, 8 CFR 287.4. This administrative subpoena power has existed as part of the federal law for decades, and has beenupheld by the US Supreme Court. See US v. Minker, 76 S Ct 281 (1955).
Oregon law prohibits local police from sharing certain information for purpose of enforcement of federal immigration laws, except as provided by state or federal law (see ORS 180.805). The information sought in these subpoenas relates to information that local police are generally prohibited from sharing under Oregon law and failure to comply with these subpoenas may be punished by an order of contempt by a federal judge.
by KATU Staff for KATU2.COM
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