Oregon

U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons: Criminal Alien Report January 2019

The United States having a significant foreign national population residing within the nations boundaries, be they legally or illegally present in the country, unfortunately includes those who commit crimes.

The extent and impact of foreign national crime on the U.S. citizens and residents of this country is clearly revealed by a simple search on the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inmates statistics website under the heading of inmate citizenship.

Here are the countries of origin, moreover, the number and percentage of those countries citizens recently incarcerated in the U.S. BOP prison system (Note: The most recent BOP crime numbers available were from January 26, 2019.).

Inmate Citizenship:

- México 21,691 inmates, 12.1 percent;
- Colombia 1,648 inmates, 0.9 percent;
- Dominican Republic 1,443 inmates, 0.8 percent;
- Cuba 1,192 inmates, 0.7 percent;
- Other / unknown countries 8,804 inmates, 4.9 percent;
- United States 145,133 inmates, 80.7 percent;

Total Inmates: 179,911 inmates.

To explain the meaning of these preceding criminal alien inmate numbers and percentages, I will translate them into words:

Combining January 26th BOP criminal alien inmate numbers, there were 34,778 criminal aliens in the BOP prison system. Alien inmates were 19.3 percent of the federal prison population.

With 21,691 Mexican nationals being incarcerated in the BOP prison system, at 62.4 percent, they were the vast majority of criminal aliens in federal prisons.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons breaks down the federal prison population into 13 types of offenses. One of the top five offenses, the reason inmates are serving time in federal prisons is for immigration crimes. There were 10,778 inmates in the BOP prison system incarcerated for immigration crimes; they were 6.4 percent of the federal prison population.

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon is crime researcher who writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. The preceding report is a service to federal, state, county and city elected and non elected governmental officials to help them assess the impact of foreign national crime in the United States of America. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com. His past crime reports can be found at http://docfnc.wordpress.com/.

ODOC counts illegal alien inmates

SALEM, Oregon – The Oregon Department of Corrections reports that of Oregon’s 14,780 prison inmates, 909 of them are illegal aliens identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and have ICE detainers placed on them. The undocumented aliens in prison constitute 6.15 percent of the total prison population.

Illegal aliens convicted in Umatilla County number 25, or 2.75 percent. That’s seventh highest among Oregon counties. Marion County has the highest number – 222 inmates accounting for 24.42 percent. It’s followed by Washington (192), Multnomah (172), Clackamas (76), Lane (42), and Jackson (33) counties. In Eastern Oregon, only Morrow and Union counties show up in the count, each with two illegal aliens convicted there.

Statewide, 189 of those inmates have been convicted of sex abuse, 169 of rape, and 131 of homicide. Sodomy is the charge against 99 of them. The rest committed numerous other crimes including drugs, assault, kidnapping and burglary.

Of the inmates convicted in Umatilla County, homicide is the most frequent charge with nine convicted. Several were convicted of sex crimes. Other offenses include assault, drugs, and kidnapping.

A total of 726 of the ICE-detained inmates, or 79.87 percent are from Mexico. Twenty two are from Guatemala, 15 from Cuba, 14 from Vietnam, 13 from El Salvador, and 11 from Honduras. Other countries with single-digit numbers are Laos, Federated States of Micronesia, Russia, Canada, Ukraine, Cambodia, China, Ecuador, Peru, and South Korea. A total of 62 of them have not declared their country of origin.
 

Lane County Sheriff″s Office accused of violating Oregon ‘sanctuary’ law

More than a dozen community organizations have accused the Lane County Sheriff’s Office of violating Oregon’s “sanctuary” law, but Sheriff Byron Trapp has denied the allegations and said his office is in full compliance with all laws.

The law, enacted in 1987 and affirmed by Oregon voters in November, says law enforcement agencies can not use personnel, money or equipment for the purpose of detecting or apprehending individuals who are only violating federal immigration laws.

In a Feb. 1 letter, the organizations outlined two specific examples that they said shows the sheriff’s office is violating the law. One specific concern is the jail notifying U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the pending release of an individual whom the federal agency has signaled an intent to take into custody upon release. The other concern is allowing ICE agents access into the jail.

“I don’t think the motives of the sheriff’s office are suspect. They’re trying to be a good community partner,” said Brook Reinhard, executive director of Public Defender Services of Lane County, which signed the letter. “Using the phone system or using any part of a county building is violating the statute. I don’t think it’s nefarious or anything like that.”

Other organizations that signed the letter include Causa, an immigrant rights organization, the Eugene Human Rights Commission, Centro Latino Americano, and the ACLU of Oregon.

The sheriff said he and his employees “recognize our duty to enforce the law and certainly we can’t put ourselves in the position of violating law and we will not do that.”

Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Lane County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, demanding the sheriff address the organizations’ concerns, according to KLCC. County commissioners also are expected to hear the concerns at their meeting Tuesday.

Also on Friday, a Wasco County judge ruled that officials with the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities, or NORCOR, a regional jail in The Dalles, were violating the Oregon sanctuary law by notifying ICE when the jail is scheduled to release a foreign-born individual. The ramifications of the ruling, which is expected to be appealed, on Lane County is unclear.

The organizations sent the letter to Trapp on the same week that the Lane County Circuit Court canceled a trial for an individual who was arrested by ICE in December after his family posted bail, Reinhard said. The client and his family reported that county employees led him into a room in the jail’s sally port to show him how to use an ignition interlock device and two ICE agents were waiting to apprehend him, he said. The jail had notified ICE of the individual’s pending release, the letter said.

Around the same time, ICE agents arrested an individual at a provider’s office to attend court-ordered alcohol treatment, Reinhard said. The lawyer said the sheriff’s office had no involvement in that arrest.

Trapp said the jail will notify ICE they’ve begun the release process for an individual but only after the federal agency has made a specific request for that individual. Usually, the jail staff don’t know the immigration status of the individual being booked, he said.

The sheriff said it’s the same notification process the jail follows if any other local, state or federal law enforcement agency inquires about the release of an individual that they want to interview or otherwise make contact with. And it’s the same process the jail uses when residents call to ask about the release status of a family member or assailant, he said.

“We’re not doing anything unique or different (with ICE) than we do for ... law enforcement or non-law-enforcement citizens of our community,” Trapp said.

In the Wasco County case, NORCOR was notifying ICE when it was scheduled to release a foreign-born individual. Again, Trapp said the jail only notifies ICE of the release of individuals after ICE has made a specific request.

ICE agents use the same front door to enter and exit the jail that every other federal, state and local law enforcement agency uses, Trapp said. He said the organizations falsely accused the sheriff’s office of allowing ICE “special access to the back entrance” of the building.

The organizations demanded in the letter that Trapp cease the disputed practices, confirm he has done so and provide any revised instructions, policies or guidelines.

Trapp, who said he’s had prior conversations with many of the organization about his office’s relationship with ICE, isn’t planning to respond to the letter.

Judge rules NORCOR can’t notify ICE of inmate releases but can house ICE detainees

A Wasco County judge ruled Friday that two immigration enforcement practices at the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Center violate the state’s sanctuary law but upheld the jail’s contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The jail in The Dalles houses inmates for Wasco, Hood River, Sherman and Gilliam counties. But under an interagency agreement reached in 1999, it also has housed people detained by ICE on illegal immigration allegations.

Wasco County Circuit Judge John Wolf found that the regional jail’s past policy of notifying ICE agents of scheduled releases of inmates in state or local criminal cases violated Oregon law...

The judge also ruled the jail can’t hold inmates for ICE beyond the time that they would face for their criminal charge.

Yet the judge didn’t nullify the regional jail’s contract with the federal immigration enforcement agency.

The jail’s contract “to accept and provide for secure custody’’ of federal detainees didn’t violate state law, Wolf ruled. The judge considered the “ordinary meaning’’ of the word “apprehending’’ from the state sanctuary law to mean arresting or seizing someone, not holding someone in jail.

Wolf’s ruling means ICE will still be able to house at the regional jail people it detains for alleged immigration violations...

DOCUMENT: Judge’s ruling

The plaintiffs -- Wasco County taxpayers who filed the lawsuit in 2017 -- and the regional jail each declared a win...

Attorney Derek Ashton, who represents the regional jail, said he was pleased with the decision upholding the jail’s contract with ICE.

“The contract at issue is critical to NORCOR’s budget and operations and eases a tax burden on the people of Wasco, Hood River, Sherman and Gilliam counties,” he said in a statement. “Today’s decision ensures that critical funding source will remain in place.”

The plaintiffs had alleged misuse of tax revenues for immigration enforcement. They established it costs $97 a day to house an inmate at the jail, and ICE reimburses the jail $80 an inmate.

As the suit was pending, the regional jail changed its policy in April.

... ICE would pay NORCOR to house the inmates once the “paper transfer’’ was done.

But the judge said that the form wasn’t an arrest warrant, didn’t show any show probable cause and wasn’t signed by a judge.

“When a state or local inmate is no longer subject to custody on those charges, NORCOR does not have authority to maintain custody and must release the inmate,” Wolf ruled.

Since April, the jail has informed ICE of an inmate’s date of release, and if federal agents are present at the jail they may arrest the person in the lobby or the person is free to leave. A released inmate arrested by ICE in the lobby may be turned back to NORCOR to be held under the interagency agreement.

The judge’s ruled Friday, however, that any release notification by the jail to the federal agency violated the state’s sanctuary law.

The jail, though, can verify the immigration status of a person arrested for any criminal offense during the booking process. The jail notifies ICE when a foreign-born person is booked into the jail on state or local charges, either through the Law Enforcement Data System or the National Crime Information Center data system, or through an email or fax.

State lawmakers who adopted Oregon’s sanctuary law were clear that they intended to allow law enforcement officials to notify ICE about arrests so ICE to could follow up on their own, the judge found....

The Wasco County judge’s ruling likely won’t be the last on this issue, as both sides may appeal.

Oregon’s Marion County First in Foreign National Crime in November 2018

On November 1, 2018 Oregon’s Marion County had 226 of the 909 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system; the county was first in foreign national crime in the state with 24.86 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons.

The following table reveals how Marion County residents were harmed or victimized by the 226 criminal aliens incarcerated on November 1st in the DOC prison system with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ICE detainers.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Crime

Total Number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers in DOC Prisons from Marion County by Type of Crime

Percentage of Inmates W/ICE Detainers in DOC Prisons from Marion County by Type of Crime

Rape

49

21.68%

Sex Abuse

48

21.24%

Sodomy

32

14.16%

Homicide

22

9.73%

Assault

18

7.96%

Robbery

11

4.87%

Kidnapping

10

4.42%

Drugs

7

3.10%

Burglary

5

2.21%

Vehicle Theft

3

1.33%

Arson

1

0.44%

Driving Offense

0

0.00%

Escape

0

0.00%

Forgery

0

0.00%

Theft

0

0.00%

Other / Combination Crimes

20

8.85%

Total

226

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 November 18.

This table reveals, using the DOC ICE detainer numbers from November 1st, the total number of criminal alien inmates incarcerated in the DOC prison system by type of crime from all Oregon counties, the total number of criminal alien inmates from Marion County in DOC prisons by type of crime and the percentage of those alien inmates who were from the county by type of crime.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Crime

Total number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers in DOC Prisons from all Oregon Counties by Type of Crime

Total number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers in DOC Prisons from Marion County by Type of Crime

Percentage of Inmates W/ICE Detainers in DOC Prisons from Marion County by Type of Crime

Sex Abuse

189

49

25.93%

Rape

171

48

28.07%

Homicide

132

22

16.67%

Sodomy

99

32

32.32%

Drugs

77

7

9.09%

Assault

76

18

23.68%

Robbery

49

11

22.45%

Kidnapping

26

10

38.46%

Burglary

21

5

23.81%

Theft

11

0

0.00%

Vehicle Theft

5

3

60.00%

Arson

1

1

100.00%

Driving Offense

1

0

0.00%

Escape

0

0

0.00%

Forgery

0

0

0.00%

Other / Comb. Crimes

51

20

39.22%

Total

909

226

 

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 November 18.

The following table reveals the self-declared countries of origin of the majority of the 226 criminal aliens with ICE detainers who have harmed or victimized the residents of Marion County in the DOC prison system.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Country

Total Inmates W/ ICE Detainers from Marion County by Country of Origin in DOC Prisons

Percentage of Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Country of Origin from Marion County in DOC Prisons

Mexico

199

88.05%

Russia

4

1.77%

Federated States of Micronesia

3

1.33%

Guatemala

3

1.33%

Cambodia

2

0.88%

Other Countries

15

6.64%

Total

226

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 November 18.

Criminal aliens from 18 different countries have harmed or victimized Marion County residents.

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon is crime researcher who writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. The preceding report is a service to Oregon state, county and city governmental officials to help them assess the impact of foreign national crime in the state. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com. His past crime reports can be found at http://docfnc.wordpress.com/.

Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report November 2018

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) November 1, 2018 Inmate Population Profile indicated there were 14,891 inmates incarcerated in the DOC’s 14 prisons.

Data obtained from the DOC indicated that on November 1st there were 909 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the state’s prison system; criminal aliens were 6.10 percent of the total prison population.

Some background information, all the criminal aliens incarcerated in the DOC prison system were identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and have ICE detainers placed on them.

Using DOC Inmate Population Profiles and ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the total number inmates, the number of domestic and criminal alien inmates along with the percentage of inmates with ICE detainers incarcerated on November 1st in the state’s prisons.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Month/Day/Year

DOC Total Inmates

DOC Total Domestic Inmates

DOC Total Inmates W/ICE Detainers

DOC % Inmates W/ICE Detainers

November 1, 2018

14,891

13,982

909

6.10%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 November 18 and Inmate Population Profile 01 November 18.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of criminal alien prisoners incarcerated on November 1st that were sent  to prison from the state’s 36 counties.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

County

DOC Total Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by County

DOC % Inmates W/ICE Detainers by County

Marion

226

24.86%

Washington

192

21.12%

Multnomah

177

19.47%

Clackamas

76

8.36%

Lane

40

4.40%

Jackson

32

3.52%

Umatilla

21

2.31%

Yamhill

21

2.31%

Linn

17

1.87%

Polk

13

1.43%

Benton

12

1.32%

Deschutes

12

1.32%

Klamath

12

1.32%

Malheur

8

0.88%

Lincoln

7

0.77%

Jefferson

6

0.66%

Wasco

5

0.55%

Clatsop

4

0.44%

Douglas

4

0.44%

Josephine

4

0.44%

Tillamook

4

0.44%

Coos

3

0.33%

Hood River

3

0.33%

Columbia

2

0.22%

Morrow

2

0.22%

Union

2

0.22%

Crook

1

0.11%

Gilliam

1

0.11%

Lake

1

0.11%

OOS (Not a County)

1

0.11%

Baker

0

0.00%

Curry

0

0.00%

Grant

0

0.00%

Harney

0

0.00%

Sherman

0

0.00%

Wallowa

0

0.00%

Wheeler

0

0.00%

Total

909

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 November 18.

Here are the ways Oregon residents were victimized by the 909 criminal aliens.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of criminal alien prisoners incarcerated on November 1st by type of crime.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Crime

DOC Total Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Type of Crime

DOC % Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Type of Crime

Sex Abuse

189

20.79%

Rape

171

18.81%

Homicide

132

14.52%

Sodomy

99

10.89%

Drugs

77

8.47%

Assault

76

8.36%

Robbery

49

5.39%

Kidnapping

26

2.86%

Burglary

21

2.31%

Theft

11

1.21%

Vehicle Theft

5

0.55%

Driving Offense

1

0.11%

Arson

1

0.11%

Escape

0

0.00%

Forgery

0

0.00%

Other / Comb. Crimes

51

5.61%

Total

909

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 November 18.

Using the DOC Inmate Population Profile and ICE detainer numbers from November 1st, the following table reveals the total number inmates by crime type, the number of domestic and criminal alien prisoners incarcerated by type of crime and the percentage of those crimes committed by criminal aliens.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Crime

DOC Total Inmates by Type of Crime

DOC Total Domestic Inmates by Type of Crime

DOC Total Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Type of Crime

DOC Inmates W/ICE Detainers as a % of Total Inmates by Type of Crime

Sex Abuse

1,766

1,577

189

10.70%

Rape

985

814

171

17.36%

Homicide

1,779

1,647

132

7.42%

Sodomy

1,052

953

99

9.41%

Drugs

892

815

77

8.63%

Assault

2,048

1,972

76

3.71%

Robbery

1,482

1,433

49

3.31%

Kidnapping

276

250

26

9.42%

Burglary

1,303

1,282

21

1.61%

Theft

1,029

1,018

11

1.07%

Vehicle Theft

530

525

5

0.94%

Driving Offense

228

227

1

0.44%

Arson

85

84

1

1.18%

Escape

46

46

0

0.00%

Forgery

46

46

0

0.00%

Other / Comb. Crimes

1,344

1,293

51

3.79%

Total

14,891

13,982

909

 

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 November 18 and Inmate Population Profile 01 November 18.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the self-declared countries of origin of the 909 criminal alien prisoners by number and percentage incarcerated on November 1st in the state’s prisons.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Country

DOC Total Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Self-Declared Country of Origin

DOC % Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Self-Declared Country of Origin

Mexico

731

80.42%

Guatemala

22

2.42%

Cuba

14

1.54%

Vietnam

14

1.54%

El Salvador

13

1.43%

Honduras

12

1.32%

Federated States of Micronesia

7

0.77%

Laos

7

0.77%

Canada

5

0.55%

Russia

5

0.55%

Cambodia

4

0.44%

Ecuador

3

0.33%

Peru

3

0.33%

Philippines

3

0.33%

South Korea

3

0.33%

Ukraine

3

0.33%

Other / Unknown Countries

60

6.60%

Total

909

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 November 18.

Beyond the DOC criminal alien incarceration numbers and incarceration percentages, per county and per crime type, or even country of origin, criminal aliens pose high economic cost on Oregonians.

An individual prisoner incarcerated in the DOC prison system costs the state approximately ($108.26) per day.

The DOC’s incarceration cost for its 909 criminal alien prison population is approximately ($98,408.34) per day, ($688,858.38) per week, and ($35,919,044.10) per year.

None of preceding cost estimates for the DOC to incarcerate the 909 criminal aliens includes the dollar amount for legal services (indigent defense), language interpreters, court costs, or victim assistance.

Bibliography

Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile November 1, 2018:
https://www.oregon.gov/doc/RESRCH/docs/inmate_profile_201811.pdf

Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated November 1, 2018.

Oregon Department of Corrections Issue Brief Quick Facts IB-53, February 1, 2017:
http://www.oregon.gov/doc/OC/docs/pdf/IB-53-Quick%20Facts.pdf

The preceding report is a service to Oregon state, county and city governmental officials to help them assess the impact of foreign national crime in the state.

Current and past monthly DOC criminal alien reports are available at the following blog: https://docfnc.wordpress.com/ .

Update on candidates in November 2018 election

Alert date: 
2018-09-16
Alert body: 

September 16, 2018

The Oregon Abigail Adams Voter Education Project continues to add more information to its comparison chart on immigration issues.

Their Comparison Guide on Immigration covers candidates for Governor, Oregon Senate and Oregon House.

It now incorporates incumbents' votes in the 2017 Oregon Legislature on HB 3464.  HB 3464, granting “privacy” to illegal aliens, sheltering them from questions about their immigration status, passed on July 6, 2017, the next to last day of the session.  It had been rushed through the Legislature with only one public hearing, June 8.  

Please take a look at the current OAAVEP postings on immigration:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vTl1YE1_y1T6t7R09aawmsBcOJ4Y0akcraDePs1S1D1F9yPecFVZNja4VNBgWjLgBt24QCnmemZat57/pubhtml

OFIR’s earlier summary of candidate positions contains some information not in the OAAVEP Comparison Guide.  See OFIR’s earlier summary here.

Regarding candidates for Governor, the OAAVEP Guide does not include candidate Buehler’s support for repealing ORS 181A.820 (Measure 105).  Knute Buehler announced publicly in July that he will vote for Measure 105. https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/07/republican_knute_buehler_says.html

During his two terms in the Oregon Legislature, he consistently voted against benefits to illegal aliens.

'No' to Driving Privileges for Illegal Aliens

WASHINGTON - The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) marked a victory after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a district court decision to dismiss a case that sought to force the State of Oregon to grant driving privileges to illegal aliens.

IRLI had filed a friend-of-the-court brief in 2016 on behalf of its client Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR) in the case of M.S. v. Brown, in which plaintiffs looked to overturn as unconstitutional the outcome of the November 2014 general election in Oregon. Through the Oregon Constitution’s referendum veto process, Oregon voters overwhelmingly rejected, by 66%, a bill passed by the he legislature and signed by the governor that would have extended eligibility for driving privileges to unlawfully present persons. OFIR was the driving force behind the referendum veto that collected the requisite number of signatures to get the issue placed on the ballot.

The case, brought by five admitted illegal aliens and two illegal alien special interest groups, was dismissed in May 2016 when an Oregon district court ruled that the plaintiffs could not show that an order from the court could redress their complaint as the court had no power to overturn a referendum or force the state to pass legislation giving illegal aliens driving privileges. In its brief, IRLI agreed with the district court and argued further that the plaintiffs also failed to demonstrate an injury, a necessary element of standing to sue, as illegal aliens have no constitutional right to driving privileges, and, in fact, do not even possess the constitutional right to interstate travel (which citizens and legal aliens possess) as a result of their illegal presence in the U.S.

There are a number of reasons why granting driving privileges to illegal aliens is not in the interests of states or their citizens. Among them, states have a legitimate interest in limiting their finite resources to citizens and legal aliens and in not allowing their government machinery to be a facilitator for the concealment of illegal aliens. There is also a legitimate concern that persons subject to immediate or subsequent deportation will not be financially responsible for property damage or personal injury due to automobile accidents. Finally, granting driving privileges to illegal aliens harms national security because, unlike legal aliens, illegal aliens have not undergone background checks or face-to-face interviews to determine whether they pose a national security threat.

“This is a tremendous win for residents of Oregon and the American people at large,” said Dale L. Wilcox, IRLI’s executive director and general counsel. “Since the presence of illegal aliens in the United States is a violation of federal law, the notion that those aliens should be granted the privilege to drive and the right to travel freely throughout the country is absurd. The result of this decision will be safer communities that better serve the interests of their citizens and legal residents.” 

Information on candidates' immigration positions available now

Alert date: 
2018-08-11
Alert body: 

For several years now, in election seasons, OFIR has provided information on Oregon candidates’ positions on immigration issues.  See the Elections section in Immigration Topics.

For 2018, OFIR has posted an Overview of the General Election which includes pertinent information.

Collection of information on candidates’ immigration positions is becoming easier now since the Oregon Abigail Adams Voter Education Survey has begun including several good questions on immigration policy in its compilations of candidate positions on a variety of current issues. 

NumbersUSA also collects information on Congressional candidates’ positions, and with its large database of incumbents’ voting records on immigration issues, NumbersUSA is a valuable source for voters to know about.  Their current listing for Oregon can be viewed here.

With immigration so much in the news today, it’s advisable to check the views of candidates in one’s voting district.  If you don’t find any public information on their views, that’s useful to know also, because candidates should be well-versed on immigration issues to serve their constituents adequately now.  A reluctance to state their positions publicly is a red caution flag for voters.

“Immigration has risen to the top of the list when Americans are asked to name the most important problem facing the nation …”, according to a new Gallup poll.  

Voters can email their candidates and ask them, please, to reply to the Oregon Abigail Adams Voter Education Survey questions on immigration which are posted here.  Email addresses for candidates are usually on the candidates’ websites, and the OAAVEP survey includes link to candidate websites in most cases.  If you have a problem contacting candidates in your voting districts, you can email OFIR and we’ll send you contact information.

If you wish, you can cite these references to your candidates:

1.  FAIR has issued a good report specifically about what states and local governments can do to help immigration enforcement; see it here.  The full report is a pdf document:  https://fairus.org/sites/default/files/2017-08/2016_State_and_Local_Agenda.pdf

2.  A CIS analyst presented testimony to Congress summing up current needs very well; view her report, “Restoring enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws,” here.  

3.  Informative discussions of what constitutes good immigration policy are available on the websites of NumbersUSAFederation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), Center for Immigration Studies

Oregon Department of Corrections: Foreign National Rape Report June 2018

Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated on June 1, 2018 that 173 of 957 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state’s prison system were incarcerated for the crime of rape — 18.08 percent of the criminal alien prison population (Note: The number of criminal aliens incarcerated for rape in DOC prisons does not necessarily equal the number of Oregon residents victimized by the violent crime of rape).

Using DOC U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the total number of criminal alien inmates along with the number and percentage of those alien inmates incarcerated on June 1st in the state’s prisons for the crime of rape.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Month/Day/Year

DOC Total Number Inmates W/ICE Detainers

DOC Number of Inmates W/ICE Detainers Incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

DOC Percent of Inmates W/ICE Detainers Incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

June 1, 2018

957

173

18.08%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 June 18.

Significant numbers, the 173 criminal aliens in the DOC prison system incarcerated for rape were 17.78 percent of all inmates, domestic and foreign, in the state’s prisons for the crime of rape.

Using the DOC Inmate Population Profile and ICE immigration detainer numbers from June 1st, the following table reveals the total number inmates incarcerated for rape, the number of domestic and criminal alien inmates incarcerated for rape and the percentage rapes committed by criminal aliens.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Month/Day/Year

DOC Total Number of Inmates Incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

DOC Number of Domestic Inmates Incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

DOC Number of Inmates W/ICE Detainers Incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

DOC Inmates W/ICE Detainers as a Percentage of All Inmates incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

June 1, 2018

973

800

173

17.78%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 June 18 and Inmate Population Profile 01 June 18.

Criminal aliens incarcerated in DOC prisons committed at least one crime of rape in 19 of 36 Oregon counties —52.78 percent of the counties in the state.

Five Oregon counties, Marion (48 rapists), Washington (44 rapists), Multnomah (27 rapists), Lane (13 rapists) and Clackamas (10 rapists) had 142 of 173 criminal alien inmates incarcerated in DOC prisons for the crime of rape — 82.08 percent of the alien inmates incarcerated for rape.

Using DOC ICE immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of criminal alien inmates incarcerated on June 1st that were sent to prison from the state’s 36 counties for the crime of rape.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

County

DOC Number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by County Incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

DOC Percent of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by County Incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

Marion

48

27.75%

Washington

44

25.43%

Multnomah

27

15.61%

Lane

13

7.51%

Clackamas

10

5.78%

Yamhill

7

4.05%

Jackson

5

2.89%

Benton

4

2.31%

Coos

2

1.16%

Deschutes

2

1.16%

Hood River

2

1.16%

Malheur

2

1.16%

Clatsop

1

0.58%

Jefferson

1

0.58%

Lincoln

1

0.58%

Linn

1

0.58%

Polk

1

0.58%

Umatilla

1

0.58%

Wasco

1

0.58%

Baker

0

0.00%

Columbia

0

0.00%

Crook

0

0.00%

Curry

0

0.00%

Douglas

0

0.00%

Gilliam

0

0.00%

Grant

0

0.00%

Harney

0

0.00%

Josephine

0

0.00%

Klamath

0

0.00%

Lake

0

0.00%

Tillamook

0

0.00%

Morrow

0

0.00%

OOS (Not a County)

0

0.00%

Sherman

0

0.00%

Union

0

0.00%

Wallowa

0

0.00%

Wheeler

0

0.00%

Total

173

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 June 18.

Criminal aliens from 21 identified countries incarcerated in DOC prisons have raped Oregon residents.

Foreign nationals who declared their country or origin as being Mexico were 142 of 173 criminal aliens convicted of rape incarcerated in the DOC prison system — 82.08 percent of the alien rapists in the state’s prisons.

Using DOC ICE immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the self-declared countries of origin of the 173 criminal alien inmates by number and percentage incarcerated on June 1st in the state’s prisons for the crime of rape.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Country

DOC Number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Country Incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

DOC Percent of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Country Incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

 

Mexico

142

82.08%

 

Guatemala

6

3.47%

 

Russia

3

1.73%

 

El Salvador

2

1.16%

 

Honduras

2

1.16%

 

Vietnam

2

1.16%

 

Wales

2

1.16%

 

Burma

1

0.58%

 

Cambodia

1

0.58%

 

Costa Rica

1

0.58%

 

Cuba

1

0.58%

 

Ecuador

1

0.58%

 

Ethiopia

1

0.58%

 

Fiji

1

0.58%

 

India

1

0.58%

 

Jamaica

1

0.58%

 

Laos

1

0.58%

 

Malaysia

1

0.58%

 

Marshall Islands

1

0.58%

 

Republic of Congo

1

0.58%

 

Ukraine

1

0.58%

 

Total

173

100.00%

 

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 June 18.

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. The preceding report is a service to Oregon state, county and city governmental officials to help them assess the impact of foreign national crime in the state. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com. His past crime reports can be found at http://docfnc.wordpress.com/.

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