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Supreme Court rules against immigrants in detention case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against a group of immigrants in a case about the government’s power to detain them after they’ve committed crimes but finished their sentences.

The issue in the case before the justices had to do with the detention of noncitizens who have committed a broad range of crimes that make them deportable. Immigration law tells the government it must arrest those people when they are released from custody and then hold them while an immigration court decides whether they should be deported.

But those affected by the law aren’t always picked up immediately... In the case before the Supreme Court, a group of mostly green card holders argued that unless they’re picked up essentially within a day of being released, they should be entitled to a hearing...  If a judge were to agree, they would not have to remain in custody while their deportation case goes forward...

But the Supreme Court disagreed with the immigrants’ interpretation of federal law in a 5-4 ruling...  Looking at a statutory provision enacted by Congress in 1996, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that “neither the statute’s text nor its structure” supported the immigrants’ argument. The court’s conservative justices sided with the Trump administration. The administration argued, as the Obama administration did, that those affected by the law aren’t entitled to a hearing where they can argue for their release, regardless of whether they are arrested immediately after being released from custody or not.

Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said the administration was “pleased with the decision.”

Justice Stephen Breyer, in a dissent he read aloud in court, said that the larger importance of the case has to do with the power his colleagues’ ruling gives the government.

“It is a power to detain persons who have committed a minor crime many years before. And it is a power to hold those persons, perhaps for many months, without any opportunity to obtain bail,” Breyer said.

He wrote that in his view the law requires immigrants who have committed crimes to be detained “within a reasonable time after their release” from custody, “presumptively no more than six months.” If the person is not detained within that time, they should get a hearing where they can argue for their release, Breyer wrote.

The American Civil Liberties Union represented the immigrants in the case before the Supreme Court. ACLU attorney Cecillia Wang, who argued the case, said after the decision that the ACLU will call on Congress to clarify the law and will continue to pursue options in court.

Tuesday’s ruling was based on the text of the statute, and Wang said the ACLU will argue that the statute, as interpreted by the justices, is unconstitutional. Wang also called the decision an “extreme waste of taxpayer money,” saying it locks up individuals who are not a danger to the community.

The case before the justices involved a class-action lawsuit brought by noncitizens in California and a similar class-action lawsuit brought in the state of Washington. In those cases, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit sided with the immigrants, but other appeals courts had sided with the government in similar cases.

One of the lead plaintiffs involved in the California case, Mony Preap, has been a lawful permanent resident of the United States since 1981 and has two convictions for possession of marijuana. He was released from prison in 2006 but was not taken into immigration custody until 2013. Preap has since won his deportation case, allowing him to remain in the country.

The case is 16-1363 Nielsen v. Preap.
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U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons: Criminal Alien Report February 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 February 23, 2019.).

Inmate Citizenship:

- México 21,744 inmates, 12.1 percent;
- Colombia 1,638 inmates, 0.9 percent;
- Dominican Republic 1,444 inmates, 0.8 percent;
- Cuba 1,175 inmates, 0.7 percent;
- Other / unknown countries 8,911 inmates, 4.9 percent;
- United States 145,005 inmates, 80.6 percent;

Total Inmates: 179,917 inmates.

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

Combining February 23rd BOP criminal alien inmate numbers, there were 34,912 criminal aliens in the BOP prison system. Alien inmates were 19.4 percent of the federal prison population.

With 21,744 Mexican nationals being incarcerated in the BOP prison system, at 62.3 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 10,874 inmates in the BOP prison system incarcerated for immigration crimes; they were 6.5 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/.

Southern Poverty Law Center fires co-founder Morris Dees

The Southern Poverty Law Center fired Morris Dees, the nonprofit civil rights organization's co-founder and former chief litigator.

SPLC President Richard Cohen said in a statement Dees' dismissal over his misconduct was effective on Wednesday, March 13....

"As a civil rights organization, the SPLC is committed to ensuring that the conduct of our staff reflects the mission of the organization and the values we hope to instill in the world," Cohen said in the emailed statement. "When one of our own fails to meet those standards, no matter his or her role in the organization, we take it seriously and must take appropriate action."

Dees, 82, co-founded the Montgomery-based organization in 1971. 

"It was not my decision, what they did," Dees said when reached by phone. "I wish the center the absolute best. Whatever reasons they had of theirs, I don't know."...

Dees' termination is one of several steps taken by the organization this week, Cohen said. 

"Today we announced a number of immediate, concrete next steps we’re taking, including bringing in an outside organization to conduct a comprehensive assessment of our internal climate and workplace practices, to ensure that our talented staff is working in the environment that they deserve — one in which all voices are heard and all staff members are respected," Cohen said. 

What the SPLC wants the "next steps" to address or correct remains unclear. An SPLC spokesperson said the organization was "in the process of hiring" the firm for the workplace climate assessment, and no other leadership changes had been announced. 

A message seeking further comment was left on Cohen’s cell phone Thursday afternoon.

"I’ve read the statement they issued," Dees said when asked if he knew why he was fired. "I feel like some of the things in the statement were unfortunate. But I refuse to say anything negative about the center or its employees. I’ll let my life’s work and reputation speak for itself."

When asked if he was offered the chance to resign or retire, the 82-year-old said, "I've told you all I can tell you."

Dees' biography appeared scrubbed from the SPLC's website as news broke of his termination on Thursday afternoon. 

Morris Dees, SPLC funding and civil rights cases

A Montgomery native, Dees attended Sidney Lanier High School. He burnished his marketing chops by managing a direct sale book publishing company while attending the University of Alabama, where he also earned a law degree. 

After returning home to establish a law practice in 1960, Dees won a series of civil rights cases before establishing the SPLC with lawyer Joseph J. Levin Jr. and civil rights activist Julian Bond a decade later.

Southern Poverty Law Center President Emeritus Julian Bond, left, and founder Morris Dees at the SPLC's 40th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday April 30, 2011 at the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Ala.(Montgomery Advertiser, Mickey Welsh) (Photo: Montgomery Advertiser)

The legal partnership netted significant civil rights triumphs. Dees challenged systemic discrimination and segregation in Alabama state trooper ranks in a case won in the U.S. Supreme Court. SPLC litigation challenging Alabama's legislative districts forced the state to redraw its districts in the early 1970s, leading to the election of more than a dozen black legislators in 1974.

Morris Dees is a co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery.

Early SPLC lawsuits also fought for better conditions for cotton mill workers in Kentucky, women in the workplace and poor defendants on death row. The organization bankrupted a Ku Klux Klan Organization, the United Klans of America, in a 1987 civil case. 

Dees has been a fixture in politics since the group's ascension, though his organization has faced scrutiny in the past.

A 1994 Montgomery Advertiser series provided a deep look into the organization controlled by the multimillionaire Dees, illustrating his near-singular control over the organization and its mammoth budget.

The series, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, revealed a figure seen as heroic by some and single-minded by others. Dees' critics said he was more concerned with fundraising than litigating. 

The series also alleged discriminatory treatment of black employees within the advocacy group, despite its outward efforts to improve the treatment of minorities in the country. Staffers at the time “accused Morris Dees, the center’s driving force, of being a racist and black employees have ‘felt threatened and banded together.’” The organization denied the accusations raised in the series.

"I would hope the IRS and the Justice Department would take this as [an] opportunity to come in and take a close look at The Center, it's finances and it's day-to-day operations," said Jim Tharpe, managing editor of the Advertiser in the mid-1990s, who oversaw the Advertiser series. "It's long overdue."

Dees' central role in the organization has also led to numerous threats against him, and the Advertiser previously reported that he has 24-hour protection at his home.

SPLC a war chest of funds that dwarfs over NAACP and Equal Justice Initiative

Over the years, the SPLC has continued to amass massive funds from donors amid differing levels of scrutiny. The nonprofit has hundreds of employees and offices in four states. The organization had nearly $450 million in net assets, according to publicly available tax documents filed for 2017.

That figure easily dwarfs other civil rights groups — such as the Equal Justice Initiative and the NAACP — during the same time frame. The Montgomery-based EJI had about $57 million in net assets at that time and the NAACP had about $3.8 million.

SPLC still fell behind other groups, like the American Civil Liberties Union, which pulled in more than $526 million between its main nonprofit and foundation in 2017 filings, with several local groups collecting additional millions of dollars not included in that figure.

In recent years, the organization has become nationally known and scrutinized for its Hatewatch work tracking the rise of hate groups, particularly white supremacists.

It produces research and advocacy work on a variety of topics, including payday lending, civil asset forfeiture and immigration rights. The SPLC also continues day-to-day civil rights litigation, including an ongoing lawsuit to address prison conditions in Alabama.

“The SPLC is deeply committed to having a workplace that reflects the values it espouses — truth, justice, equity and inclusion, and we believe the steps we have taken today reaffirm that commitment," Cohen said.

Brian Lyman contributed to this report.

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Melissa Brown at 334-240-0132 or mabrown@gannett.com.

 

Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report February 2019

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) February 1, 2019 Inmate Population Profile indicated there were 14,756 inmates incarcerated in the DOC’s 14 prisons.

Data obtained from the DOC indicated that on February 1st there were 913 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the state’s prison system; criminal aliens were 6.19 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 February 1st in the state’s prisons.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Month/Day/Year

DOC Total Number Inmates

DOC Total Number Domestic Inmates

DOC Total Number Inmates W/ICE Detainers

DOC Percent Inmates W/ICE Detainers

February 1, 2019

14,756

13,843

913

6.19%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 February 19 and Inmate Population Profile 01 February 19.

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

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

County

DOC Total Number Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by County

DOC Percent Inmates W/ICE Detainers by County

Marion

226

24.75%

Washington

189

20.70%

Multnomah

171

18.73%

Clackamas

78

8.54%

Lane

41

4.49%

Jackson

36

3.94%

Umatilla

26

2.85%

Yamhill

21

2.30%

Linn

18

1.97%

Polk

13

1.42%

Benton

12

1.31%

Deschutes

12

1.31%

Klamath

11

1.20%

Malheur

9

0.99%

Jefferson

7

0.77%

Lincoln

7

0.77%

Clatsop

4

0.44%

Douglas

4

0.44%

Josephine

4

0.44%

Tillamook

4

0.44%

Wasco

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

913

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 February 19.

Here are the ways Oregon residents were victimized by the 913 criminal aliens.

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

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Crime

DOC Total Number Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Type of Crime

DOC Percent Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Type of Crime

Sex Abuse

190

20.81%

Rape

170

18.62%

Homicide

132

14.46%

Sodomy

98

10.73%

Assault

79

8.65%

Drugs

77

8.43%

Robbery

43

4.71%

Kidnapping

27

2.96%

Burglary

22

2.41%

Theft

15

1.64%

Vehicle Theft

4

0.44%

Driving Offense

4

0.44%

Arson

1

0.11%

Escape

0

0.00%

Forgery

0

0.00%

Other / Comb. Crimes

51

5.59%

Total

913

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 February 19.

Using the DOC Inmate Population Profile and ICE detainer numbers from February 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 Number Inmates by Type of Crime

DOC Total Number Domestic Inmates by Type of Crime

DOC Total Number Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Type of Crime

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

Sex Abuse

1,775

1,585

190

10.70%

Rape

982

812

170

17.31%

Homicide

1,786

1,654

132

7.39%

Sodomy

1,045

947

98

9.38%

Assault

2,026

1,947

79

3.90%

Drugs

903

826

77

8.53%

Robbery

1,452

1,409

43

2.96%

Kidnapping

270

243

27

10.00%

Burglary

1,266

1,244

22

1.74%

Theft

968

953

15

1.55%

Vehicle Theft

547

543

4

0.73%

Driving Offense

250

246

4

1.60%

Arson

85

84

1

1.18%

Escape

39

39

0

0.00%

Forgery

46

46

0

0.00%

Other / Comb. Crimes

1,316

1,265

51

3.88%

Total

14,756

13,843

913

 

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 February 19 and Inmate Population Profile 01 February 19.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the self-declared countries of origin of the 913 criminal alien prisoners by number and percentage incarcerated on February 1st in the state’s prisons.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Country

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

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

Mexico

730

79.96%

Guatemala

23

2.52%

Cuba

14

1.53%

El Salvador

13

1.42%

Vietnam

13

1.42%

Honduras

11

1.20%

Laos

8

0.88%

Federated States of Micronesia

6

0.66%

Russia

6

0.66%

Ukraine

6

0.66%

Canada

5

0.55%

Cambodia

4

0.44%

China

3

0.33%

Ecuador

3

0.33%

Marshall Islands

3

0.33%

Peru

3

0.33%

South Korea

3

0.33%

Other / Unknown Countries

59

6.46%

Total

913

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 February 19.

Beyond the DOC criminal alien incarceration numbers and incarceration percentages, per county and per crime type, or even country of origin, criminal aliens place a substantial economic burden 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 913 criminal alien prison population is approximately ($98,841.38) per day, ($691,889.66) per week, and ($36,077,103.70) per year.

None of preceding cost estimates for the DOC to incarcerate the 913 criminal aliens includes the dollar amount for legal services (indigent defense), language interpreters, court costs, or victim assistance.

Bibliography:

Oregon Department of Corrections Inmate Population Profile February 1, 2019:

Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated February 1, 2019.

Oregon Department of Corrections Issue Brief Quick Facts IB-53, September 2018:
https://www.oregon.gov/doc/Documents/agency-quick-facts.pdf

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/.

https://docfnc.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/oregon-department-of-corrections-criminal-alien-report-february-2019/

Feds: Forgery operation produced over 10,000 fake documents

SALEM, Ore.-  Located in an apartment in a primarily Hispanic town in Oregoon, a clandestine lab churned out thousands of fake Social Security cards, drivers' licenses and immigration documents that were sold around the United States for years.

The operation, revealed for the first time Tuesday in a federal court document, showed that a syndicate based in Oaxaca, Mexico, operated the forged-document factory in Woodburn, a town of 24,000 in an agricultural region a half-hour's drive from Portland.

Employers, including farms, nurseries and wineries, routinely employ people who are in the United States illegally but who can produce a Social Security card or work visa. Many agricultural employers say it's not their responsibility - and that they lack the expertise - to determineine if the documents are genuine.

The arrest on Sept. 21, 2017, of Miguel Merecias-Lopez in a fast-food restaurant parking lot in Woodburn reveals how, in many cases, such documents are produced. Merecias-Lopez pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Portland to conspiracy to produce false identification documents and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He had gone to the parking lot to sell more than a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of meth, prosecutors said.

Homeland Security Investigations had already been looking at the syndicate they called the "Fraud Doc Ring" before the arrest, said Kevin Sonoff, spokesman for the United States Attorney's Office in Portland. After Merecias-Lopez was arrested, investigators went to his apartment and found computers, scanners, laminators, cameras and a high-resolution printer.

"The fraud ring operated in Woodburn for more than a decade and produced over 10,000 fraudulent documents that they distributed in Woodburn or mailed to customers around the United States," U.S. Attorney Billy Williams and Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Sax said in the plea agreement posted Tuesday in court documents. Previous detailed court documents remain under seal.

The Fraud Doc Ring communicated with customers using Facebook, email, Snapchat and in person, the plea deal states. Customers emailed, texted or mailed the ring digital passport-style photos for insertion into the fake ID cards, or visited a clandestine photography lab in Woodburn where their photos were taken, the plea agreement says. Customers paid electronically through PayPal, through the mail or in person.

In the apartment, agents found dozens of security images and seals used in legitimate identification documents. They also found stored digital photos of more than 4,000 customers.

The Fraud Doc Ring produced a wide array of documents, including drivers' licenses for over 25 different states, Social Security cards, lawful permanent resident cards, U.S. and Mexican birth certificates and marriage licenses.

There is a huge market for such documents. Immigrants working illegally in this country accounted for about 46 percent of America's roughly 800,000 crop farmworkers in recent years, according to an Associated Press analysis of data from the U.S. Departments of Labor and Agriculture. Many more work in the nation's hospitality, service and construction industries.

Merecias-Lopez's attorney, Brian Walker, did not immediately respond to emailed and phone messages requesting comment. Merecias-Lopez said in his petition to plead guilty that he has a 10th-grade education, and that he understands that conviction can lead to imprisonment and deportation.

Merecias-Lopez, 24, moved to Woodburn from Oaxaca in January 2017, long after the fraud ring began operating. He is responsible for creating at least 300 fraudulent U.S. government documents, according to the plea agreement.

Government prosecutors and Walker are jointly recommending a low sentence. For the false documents conviction, he faces a maximum 15 years in prison and $250,000 fine. The drug conviction carries a maximum sentence of life in prison with a 10 year mandatory minimum sentence and a $10 million fine.

Sonoff said no other arrests have been made and that the current criminal inquiry focuses only on Merecias-Lopez and his co-conspirators, not on their customers.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 18.

Despite threats, ‘sanctuary’ cities are getting their grants -- except Oregon

MONTPELIER, Vt. — About 18 months after the Trump administration threatened to withhold law enforcement grants from nearly 30 places around the country it felt weren’t doing enough to work with federal immigration agents, all but one have received or been cleared to get the money, the Justice Department said.

In most cases, courts chipped away at the crackdown that escalated in November 2017...saying those policies may violate federal law.

Of those 29 jurisdictions ... only Oregon has yet to be cleared to receive the grants from 2017, a Justice Department spokesman told The Associated Press this week....

"State and local law enforcement agencies already are stretched thin, and withholding these federal grants only makes their work more difficult," Leahy said in an email to the AP. "It's unthinkable that the Trump Justice Department would hold these funds hostage over an unrelated dispute on immigration policy."

Last summer, the U.S. Conference of Mayors sued in Illinois on behalf of its member cities focusing on the issue. In September, a federal court temporarily blocked the Justice Department from withholding the funds for the jurisdictions represented by the conference.

...Similar cases are being litigated across the country, and the Justice Department is considering appealing some unfavorable rulings.

The Trump administration has long argued that places that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities, often called "sanctuary cities," pose a threat to public safety.

"I continue to urge all jurisdictions under review to reconsider policies that place the safety of their communities and their residents at risk," Sessions said in a statement in January 2018. "Protecting criminal aliens from federal immigration authorities defies common sense and undermines the rule of law."

The details differ by jurisdiction, but the Justice Department felt law enforcement agencies in those communities weren't sufficiently committing themselves to cooperating with federal immigration agents when officers came in contact with people who might not be in the country legally...

Some, but not all, of the 28 jurisdictions were cleared for the grants without changing the policies that triggered the original concern from the Justice Department, now led by Attorney General William Barr. And not all of the places actually have the money in hand yet, or have been told they've been cleared to get it....

"So no funds (were) lost on our end," said police Sgt. David Lefont, noting the total was less than $100,000.

That some of the threatened cities ended up changing their policies amounts to at least a partial victory for the Trump administration, said Jessica Vaughan, the director of policy studies for the Center For Immigration Studies, which advocates for tight restrictions on immigration.

"What it looks like to me, the Trump Administration is not able to fully enforce cooperation with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to the extent they would like to, but it is able to fully enforce compliance with existing federal law that some sanctuary jurisdictions have had to change their policies in order to get their money," Vaughan said.

...Even before the 2017 letters were sent, federal courts across the country had begun to rule against the Trump administration's efforts. And they continue.

A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled Feb. 15 that the Justice Department exceeded its authority and ordered a permanent, nationwide injunction against requiring police departments to cooperate with immigration authorities in order to receive the grants.

Oregon, the only one of the 29 jurisdictions not yet cleared for the 2017 grants, last fall filed its own lawsuit against the Justice Department. The lawsuit, which also covers grants for 2018, accused Trump and Matthew Whitaker, acting attorney general at the time, of trying to "impermissibly commandeer the resources" of Oregon and its largest city, Portland.

"For years, these grants have provided millions of dollars to law enforcement in Oregon," Rosenblum said in November. "But, suddenly these public safety funds have been withdrawn because Oregon will not submit to U.S. DOJ's demand that Oregon participate in its immigration enforcement efforts."

-- The Associated Press

 

Oregon’s Washington County Second in Foreign National Crime in January 2019

On January 1, 2019 Oregon’s Washington County had 192 of the 909 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system; the county was second in foreign national crime in the state with 21.12 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons.

The following table reveals how Washington County residents were harmed or victimized by the 192 criminal aliens incarcerated on January 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 Washington County by Type of Crime

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

Rape

45

23.44%

Sex Abuse

44

22.92%

Homicide

21

10.94%

Sodomy

21

10.94%

Assault

19

9.90%

Drugs

14

7.29%

Robbery

11

5.73%

Burglary

9

4.69%

Theft

3

1.56%

Kidnapping

2

1.04%

Driving Offense

1

0.52%

Arson

0

0.00%

Escape

0

0.00%

Forgery

0

0.00%

Vehicle Theft

0

0.00%

Other / Combination Crimes

2

1.04%

Total

192

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 January 19.

This table reveals, using the DOC ICE detainer numbers from January 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 Washington 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 Washington County by Type of Crime

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

Sex Abuse

189

44

23.28%

Rape

169

45

26.63%

Homicide

131

21

16.03%

Sodomy

99

21

21.21%

Drugs

77

14

18.18%

Assault

75

19

25.33%

Robbery

46

11

23.91%

Kidnapping

27

2

7.41%

Burglary

23

9

39.13%

Theft

14

3

21.43%

Vehicle Theft

4

0

0.00%

Driving Offense

3

1

33.33%

Arson

1

0

0.00%

Escape

0

0

0.00%

Forgery

0

0

0.00%

Other / Comb. Crimes

51

2

3.92%

Total

909

192

 

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 January 19.

Criminal aliens from 25 identified countries have harmed or victimized Washington County residents.

Foreign nationals who declared their country or origin as being Mexico were 148 of 192 criminal aliens from Washington County incarcerated in the DOC prison system — 77.08 percent of the county’s alien inmates in the state’s prisons.

The following table reveals the self-declared countries of origin of the majority of the 192 criminal aliens with ICE detainers who have harmed or victimized the residents Washington County in the DOC prison system.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Country

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

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

Mexico

148

77.08%

Guatemala

10

5.21%

EL Salvador

5

2.60%

Cuba

3

1.56%

Honduras

3

1.56%

Ukraine

2

1.04%

Vietnam

2

1.04%

Other Countries

19

9.90%

Total

192

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 January 19.

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/.

USBP Agents Arrest Previously Removed Rapist

TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol Agents apprehended a previously deported Mexican national with a violent criminal history after he entered the U.S. illegally Thursday morning east of Nogales.

During processing, agents conducting a records check on 38-year-old Juan Maldonado-Martinez discovered his Oregon convictions for rape in the third degree in 2003 and forgery in the first degree in 2004.

Maldonado will remain in federal custody to face felony immigration prosecution.

All persons apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal aliens with criminal histories are positively identified.

Oregon Department of Corrections: Mexican National Crime Report January 2019

Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated on January 1, 2019 that 726 of the 909 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state’s prison system were Mexican nationals — 79.87 percent of the criminal alien prison population (Note: The number of Mexican nationals incarcerated in DOC prisons does not necessarily equal the number of Oregon residents victimized by this specific group of criminal aliens).

Using DOC U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the total number criminal alien inmates along with the number and percentage of those alien inmates incarcerated on January 1st in the state’s prisons who declared themselves as being Mexican nationals.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Month/Day/Year

DOC Total Inmates W/ICE Detainers

DOC Number of Mexican National Inmates W/ICE Detainers

DOC Percent of Mexican National Inmates W/ICE Detainers

January 1, 2019

909

726

79.87%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 January 19.

Mexican (MEX) national criminals were sent to DOC prisons from 27 of 36 Oregon counties —75.00 percent of the counties in the state.

Seven Oregon counties, Marion (192 MEX inmates), Washington (148 MEX inmates), Multnomah (114 MEX inmates), Clackamas (63 MEX inmates), Lane (33 MEX inmates), Jackson (28 MEX inmates) and Umatilla (24 MEX inmates) had 602 of the 726 Mexican national inmates incarcerated in DOC prisons — 82.92 percent of the MEX inmates.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of Mexican national inmates incarcerated on January 1st that were sent  to prison from the state’s 36 counties.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

County

DOC Number of Mexican National Inmates by County W/ ICE Detainers

DOC Percent of Mexican National Inmates by County W/ICE Detainers

Marion

192

26.45%

Washington

148

20.39%

Multnomah

114

15.70%

Clackamas

63

8.68%

Lane

33

4.55%

Jackson

28

3.86%

Umatilla

24

3.31%

Yamhill

19

2.62%

Linn

16

2.20%

Polk

12

1.65%

Deschutes

11

1.52%

Benton

10

1.38%

Klamath

10

1.38%

Malheur

9

1.24%

Jefferson

6

0.83%

Wasco

5

0.69%

Douglas

4

0.55%

Lincoln

4

0.55%

Tillamook

4

0.55%

Clatsop

3

0.41%

Coos

3

0.41%

Hood River

2

0.28%

Josephine

2

0.28%

Crook

1

0.14%

Gilliam

1

0.14%

Lake

1

0.14%

Morrow

1

0.14%

Baker

0

0.00%

Columbia

0

0.00%

Curry

0

0.00%

Grant

0

0.00%

Harney

0

0.00%

Sherman

0

0.00%

Union

0

0.00%

Wallowa

0

0.00%

Wheeler

0

0.00%

Total

726

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 January 19.

Here are the ways Oregon residents were victimized by the 726 Mexican national criminals.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of Mexican national inmates incarcerated on January 1st by type of crime.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Crime

DOC Number of Mexican National Inmates by Type of Crime W/ ICE Detainers

DOC Percent of Mexican National Inmates by Type of Crime W/ICE Detainers

Sex Abuse

166

22.87%

Rape

137

18.87%

Homicide

101

13.91%

Sodomy

78

10.74%

Drugs

72

9.92%

Assault

54

7.74%

Robbery

30

4.13%

Kidnapping

18

2.48%

Burglary

13

1.79%

Theft

5

0.69%

Driving Offense

3

0.41%

Vehicle Theft

2

0.28%

Arson

1

0.14%

Escape

0

0.00%

Forgery

0

0.00%

Other / Comb. Crimes

46

6.34%

Total

726

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 January 19.

Using the DOC ICE detainer numbers from January 1st, the following table reveals the total number of criminal alien inmates incarcerated by type of crime, the number of Mexican national inmates incarcerated by type of crime and the percentage of Mexican national inmates incarcerated by type of crime.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Crime

DOC Total Number of Inmates by Type of Crime W/ICE Detainers

DOC Number of Mexican National Inmates by Type of Crime W/ ICE Detainers

DOC Percent of Mexican National Inmates by Type of Crime W/ICE Detainers

Sex Abuse

189

166

87.83%

Rape

169

137

81.07%

Homicide

131

101

77.10%

Sodomy

99

78

78.79%

Drugs

77

72

93.51%

Assault

75

54

72.00%

Robbery

46

30

65.22%

Kidnapping

27

18

66.67%

Burglary

23

13

56.52%

Theft

14

5

35.71%

Vehicle Theft

4

2

50.00%

Driving Offense

3

3

100.00%

Arson

1

1

100.00%

Escape

0

0

0.00%

Forgery

0

0

0.00%

Other / Comb. Crimes

51

46

90.20%

Total

909

726

 

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 January 19.

Beyond the DOC Mexican national incarceration numbers and incarceration percentages, per county and per type of crime, criminal aliens from Mexico place a substantial economic burden 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 726 Mexican national inmates is approximately ($78,596.76) per day, ($550,177.32) per week, and ($28,687,817.40) per year.

None of preceding cost estimates for the DOC to incarcerate the 726 Mexican national inmates includes the dollar amount for legal services (indigent defense), language interpreters, court costs, or victim assistance.

Bibliography:

Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated January 1, 2019.

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

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: Foreign National Sex Crime Report January 2019

Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated on January 1, 2019 that 457 of 909 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state’s prison system were incarcerated for three types of sex crimes — sex abuse, rape and sodomy — 50.28 percent of the criminal alien prison population (Note: The number of criminal aliens incarcerated for sex crimes in DOC prisons does not necessarily equal the number of Oregon residents victimized by alien sex abuse, rape and sodomy.).

Using DOC U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainer numbers, the following table is a numerical breakdown by number and percentage of the 457 criminal alien inmates incarcerated on January 1st in the state’s prisons for the crimes of sex abuse, rape and sodomy.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Crime

DOC Number Inmates W/ ICE Detainers Incarcerated by Type of Sex Crime

DOC Percent Inmates W/ICE Detainers Incarcerated by Type of Sex Crime

Sex Abuse

189

41.36%

Rape

169

36.98%

Sodomy

99

21.66%

Total

457

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 January 19.

Criminal aliens incarcerated in DOC prisons committed at least one sex crime in 26 of 36 Oregon counties —72.22 percent of the counties in the state.

Seven Oregon counties, Marion (128 alien sex offenders), Washington (110 alien sex offenders), Multnomah (73 alien sex offenders), Lane (27 alien sex offenders), Clackamas (23 alien sex offenders), Jackson (18 alien sex offenders) and Yamhill (13 alien sex offenders) had 392 of 457 criminal alien inmates incarcerated in DOC prisons for sex crimes — 85.78 percent of the alien sex offenders incarcerated in the state’s prisons.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table indicates the location by county of where the 457 criminal alien inmates were sent to serve time in the state’s prison system for sex crimes; furthermore, the table is a numerical breakdown by county of the type of sex crimes alien inmates committed that got them sent to the state’s prison system; finally, the table gives the total number and percentage of alien inmates by county incarcerated for sex crimes in the state’s prison system.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

County

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

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

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

DOC Number Inmates W/ICE Detainers by County Incarcerated for Sex Crimes

DOC Percent Inmates W/ICE Detainers by County Incarcerated for Sex Crimes

Marion

47

49

32

128

28.01%

Washington

44

45

21

110

24.07%

Multnomah

33

24

16

73

15.97%

Lane

8

13

6

27

5.91%

Clackamas

9

9

5

23

5.03%

Jackson

10

4

4

18

3.94%

Yamhill

3

6

4

13

2.84%

Deschutes

4

2

3

9

1.97%

Linn

7

1

1

9

1.97%

Benton

1

4

1

6

1.31%

Umatilla

3

1

2

6

1.31%

Malheur

3

2

0

5

1.09%

Polk

3

1

1

5

1.09%

Clatsop

2

1

0

3

0.66%

Coos

0

2

1

3

0.66%

Klamath

3

0

0

3

0.66%

Lincoln

2

1

0

3

0.66%

Jefferson

1

1

0

2

0.44%

Josephine

2

0

0

2

0.44%

Morrow

1

1

0

2

0.44%

Wasco

1

1

0

2

0.44%

Crook

0

0

1

1

0.22%

Douglas

0

0

1

1

0.22%

Hood River

0

1

0

1

0.22%

Tillamook

1

0

0

1

0.22%

Union

1

0

0

1

0.22%

Baker

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Columbia

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Curry

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Gilliam

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Grant

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Harney

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Lake

0

0

0

0

0.00%

OOS

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Sherman

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Wallowa

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Wheeler

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Total

189

169

99

457

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 January 19.

Criminal aliens from 37 identified countries were incarcerated in DOC prisons for sex crimes in the State of Oregon.

Foreign nationals who declared their country or origin as being Mexico were 381 of 457 criminal alien inmates incarcerated for sex crimes in the DOC prison system — 83.37 percent of the alien sex offenders in the state’s prisons.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table indicates the self-declared countries of origin of the 457 criminal alien inmates that were sent to serve time in the state’s prison system for sex crimes; furthermore, the table is a numerical breakdown by country of the type of sex crimes alien inmates committed that got them sent to the state’s prison system; finally, the table gives the total number and percentage of alien inmates by country incarcerated for sex crimes in the state’s prison system.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Country

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

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

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

DOC Number Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Country Incarcerated for Sex Crimes

DOC Percent Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Country Incarcerated for Sex Crimes

Mexico

166

137

78

381

83.37%

Guatemala

5

6

2

13

2.84%

El Salvador

1

2

5

8

1.75%

Russia

0

3

1

4

0.88%

Vietnam

0

3

1

4

0.88%

Ecuador

0

1

2

3

0.66%

Honduras

1

2

0

3

0.66%

Cuba

1

1

0

2

0.44%

England

1

0

1

2

0.44%

Fed. St. Micron.

1

0

1

2

0.44%

Laos

0

1

1

2

0.44%

Peru

2

0

0

2

0.44%

Philippines

0

0

2

2

0.44%

Sierra Leone

2

0

0

2

0.44%

Ukraine

0

1

1

2

0.44%

Wales

0

2

0

2

0.44%

Other Countries

9

10

4

23

5.03%

Total

189

169

99

457

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 January 19.

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/.

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