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Oregon drug deaths: More people dying from meth use, cocaine-related deaths at a low

There was one less drug-related death in Oregon last year, compared to 2012.

What stood out: The fewest number of people died as a result of cocaine use in more than a decade, but the greatest number of people lost their lives as a result of methamphetamine use since 2000...

...123 methamphetamine-related deaths did not result from overdoses of the drug, but the result of other traumatic incidents, such as a drowning or a car crash. Methamphetamine use is also linked to seizures and sudden elevation in blood pressure, which can cause strokes or a heart attack.

ICE Policy Change on Detainers Fuels Lawsuits to Obstruct Enforcement
Center for Immigration Studies

A federal judge in Oregon has ruled that local law enforcement agencies must not comply with ICE detainers, a key tool used by ICE to take custody of criminal aliens for investigation and possible removal. As a result, nine sheriffs in Oregon announced that they would cease honoring detainers and begin releasing any arrested aliens who complete their sentence or bond out of jail before ICE has a chance to charge them.

Judge Janice Stewart's ruling is one product of a years-long campaign waged by legal activists with the support of Obama administration officials. The central issue...

DHS Stages Meeting with So-Called Immigration Stakeholders
American Interests Excluded as Amnesty Proponents and Administration Plot Next Move, Says FAIR
Federation of American Immigration Reform

(Washington, D.C. April 23, 2014) As the Obama administration edges closer to unilaterally halting all enforcement of U.S. immigration laws, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is staging an elaborate effort designed to create the illusion of public support for this sweeping and unconstitutional exercise of executive authority, charged the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

On Tuesday, Secretary Jeh Johnson met with two dozen immigration policy "stakeholders," all of whom have been part of a campaign to pressure the Obama administration to halt deportations...

Hillsboro man, 25, arrested after firing 5 shots skyward during argument, police say

A 25-year-old Hillsboro man was arrested Saturday night after he got into a fight with his girlfriend and fired five shots skyward, police said.

Braulio Navarro-Falcon was engaged in the argument...

During the verbal altercation, Navarro-Falcon pulled a semi-automatic handgun from his pocket and fired the weapon five times into the air, Rouches said....

No one was injured during the incident, Rouches said.

Navarro-Falcon was taken into custody on accusations of unlawful use of a weapon and felon in possession of a firearm, Rouches said. He was lodged in the...

Marion and Polk end jail holds on immigrants for ICE
A warrant from ICE will be required

Both the Marion County and Polk County jails will no longer hold foreign-born persons in jail based solely on formal requests from federal immigration officials, county sheriffs announced this week.

Officials at both jails now will require a warrant from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, otherwise known as ICE, in order to keep someone in custody. Inmates previously could be held solely on a formal request from the agency known as an immigration detainer.

The policy changes were triggered by a U.S. District Court of Oregon decision announced last Friday...

Oregon sheriffs organization opposes driver's cards
They urge voters to turn measure down
Statesman Journal (Salem)
A state organization comprised of elected sheriffs voted Thursday to oppose Measure 301, a November ballot measure that would allow the state to issue driver’s cards to residents who cannot prove their identities.   The Sheriffs Of Oregon Political Action Committee (SOO-PAC) represents 36 sheriffs statewide, and 28 of them voted against the measure, which supporters say would allow people to obtain insurance and drive legally, thus making the roads safer for all. The sheriffs’ organization is urging voters to oppose the measure as well.   The bill and ballot measure have been...
Two released from Clackamas County jail since ruling that county violated woman's Fourth Amendment rights

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office has released two jail inmates who officials were holding at the request of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said Wednesday ....released suspected undocumented immigrants from custody in the county jail if there is no warrant for their arrest. The move follows a federal judge’s ruling that the county violated a woman’s Fourth Amendment rights by complying with a request to keep her by immigration officials.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office lifted 50 holds since the ruling....

Federal ruling sparks policy change for jailed immigrants facing deportation in metro area
Undocumented immigrants in the metro area will no longer be held in county lockups for the sole purpose of deportation, a change that has implications statewide.    Wednesday’s announcement by sheriff’s agencies in Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties follows a federal judge’s ruling that Clackamas County violated one woman’s Fourth Amendment rights by holding her for immigration authorities without probable cause.    Maria Miranda-Olivares was held 19 hours after completing a two-day sentence in Clackamas County Jail while U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials...
Republican base 'animated by racism,' Dem rep says
The Associated Press

...Rep. Steve Israel of New York said Sunday that not all Republicans are motivated by racism but many in the GOP oppose a bipartisan immigration bill on those grounds...

...Nancy Pelosi blamed racial issues for the GOP's failure to act on comprehensive immigration legislation.

Oregon's Rep. Greg Walden, who heads Republicans' efforts to elect House members, said Pelosi's comment was "both wrong and unfortunate."

Israel and Walden spoke on CNN's "State of the Union."


Convicted felon deported to Mexico 2 years ago, arrested after shooting BB gun at car

A man arrested Wednesday night for allegedly shooting a BB gun at a car in Oregon City turned out to be an convicted felon who had been deported to Mexico two years ago.

Jiminez-Barragan provided a fake Mexican driver's license. Police searched the truck and said they found a BB gun, $6,600 in cash and about five grams of heroin. Jiminez-Barragan, 28, then gave police a second phony name. After he was fingerprinted, police learned his real identity.

Jiminez-Barragan was deported more than two years ago and had illegally returned about a month ago, police said. He was...