Washington County Sheriff, Oregon
Sheriff's Statement About Federal Immigration - I am currently privileged to serve as President of the Oregon State Sheriff's Association(OSSA). Recently, and in conjunction with the 35 other Oregon Sheriffs, I authored a statement regarding the recent Executive Order about Immigration for the Association's website. I hope this provides clarification to residents who wonder how the January 25, 2017, Executive Order on immigration will change local practices.
In plain language, it will not change our current practice because Oregon Law and a binding federal district court decision prohibits local law enforcement from enforcing immigration law or honoring Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests. Perhaps more important during these times of heightened anxiety, we must continue our essential work to grow and sustain trust-relationships with all of our communities so all victims have confidence they can call police without fear of being swept up because of their immigration status. Community trust is a cornerstone of law enforcement - the focus must be on protecting everyone in the community, holding offenders accountable and preventing and solving crimes. We have worked hard to earn that trust and we must work together to sustain it for our continued success.
Sheriff Pat Garrett
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