Multnomah County officials issue statement condemning immigration tactics (Barf)

Multnomah County officials issue statement condemning immigration tactics (Barf)


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Multnomah County officials issue statement condemning immigration tactics (Barf)
The Oregonian ^ | January 28, 2017 | Allan Brettman

Posted on 01/28/2017 2:32:32 PM PST by jazusamo

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Rumors of detentions of people by immigration officials at the Multnomah County Courthouse building have swirled this week. (Oregonian file)

Unconfirmed reports of a immigration crackdown at Oregon’s busiest courthouse in Portland prompted condemnation from defense attorneys and a joint statement from top Multnomah County officials expressing “grave concern” about the resulting fear.

Here’s the joint statement issued Saturday:

Like many of you, late Friday we heard reports of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers detaining people who come to the Multnomah County Circuit Court Courthouses.

We immediately reached out to court officials. In the past two weeks, there has been an increase in reports of ICE activity around – and in some cases inside – the courthouse. We do not yet know if there has been an actual increase.

Anything that increases the fear of people accessing our courts is of grave concern. Courthouses need to be safe locations for people to access justice: whether to contest an eviction, seek a restraining order from abuse, or attend a custody hearing. Now, they may be too afraid to show up.

This is devastating for the people accessing our services, and in many cases, counterproductive to a lawful community. We encourage ICE to recognize courthouses as sensitive locations and consider these impacts.

We can’t have people afraid to access justice in Multnomah County.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office does not give ICE officers access to areas of court facilities that are not open to the public, and does not permit ICE officers to maintain a presence in any County correctional facility. The Sheriff’s Office does not hold people in county jails on ICE detainers or conduct any immigration enforcement actions. The Board of County Commissioners formally recognized and supported this policy with a resolution on Dec. 22, 2016.

Please contact our offices with any information. And know that we are working to support the families in our community and to provide services to all those in need.

Respectfully,

Nan G. Waller, presiding judge, Multnomah County Circuit Court

Mike Reese, Multnomah County sheriff

Deborah Kafoury, chair, Multnomah County Board of Commissioners
Jessica Vega Pederson, vice chair, commissioner
Loretta Smith, commissioner
Sharon Meieran, commissioner
Lori Stegmann, commissioner

This post will be updated.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: aliens; illegalaliens; illegals; multnomahcounty; oregon; sanctuary; sanctuarycounty


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How touching that snowflake judges, attorneys and the sheriff want to make Multnomah County courthouses safe spaces for illegal aliens because they consider them sensitive locations. No sarc needed.

1 posted on 01/28/2017 2:32:32 PM PST by jazusamo

To: jazusamo

Nan G. Waller, presiding judge, Multnomah County Circuit Court
Mike Reese, Multnomah County sheriff
Deborah Kafoury, chair, Multnomah County Board of Commissioners
Jessica Vega Pederson, vice chair, commissioner
Loretta Smith, commissioner
Sharon Meieran, commissioner
Lori Stegmann, commissioner

defying the laws of this land will land you in jail!


To: jazusamo

I bet if I had an outstanding warrant and showed up there they would arrest me.

3 posted on 01/28/2017 2:38:31 PM PST by tiki

To: ronnie raygun

Yep, but these leftist traitors believe they’re above the law.

4 posted on 01/28/2017 2:39:05 PM PST by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Free Republic? https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)

To: jazusamo

I hear both ICE & Border Patrol will be at polling booths where fed elections are involved.

5 posted on 01/28/2017 2:40:46 PM PST by umgud

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