Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report
April 17, 2014
It has been an interesting third full week in the month of April when it comes to criminal aliens here in the State of Oregon.
The criminal alien story of the week are the ramifications of a federal court opinion and order rendered on April 11, 2014 by Janice M. Stewart, United States Magistrate Judge, in the case of Maria Miranda-Olivares v. Clackamas County (Case No. 3:12-cv-02317-ST).
The federal court decision may affect the way those responsible for county jails and correctional faculties’ public access websites across the state choose reveal prisoner immigration status online.
If jails across the state choose to remove immigration detainers, more commonly known as Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) Holds from those suspected of being in the country, crime victims may find it difficult to determine whether or not the criminal who victimized them was a foreign national — victims of crime will find it very difficult to tract foreign national criminals released from the Oregon prison system and county jails who have completed their state or local sanctions and been transfer to federal immigration authorities for removal from the country.
The fourth estate, public media outlets, hardcopy and electronic, will find it difficult to report on the impact of foreign nation crime has on the communities they serve.
At this time, four Northwest Oregon county jails that have historically incarcerated the most prisoners with ICE Holds have chosen to respond to the federal court decision by changing the way they report immigration status:
- The Clackamas County Jail at this time on its public access website is indicating whether or not prisoners have immigration detainers with the disclaimer Immigration Hold – Not a Lodgeable offense;
- The Marion County Correctional Facility at this time is no longer on its public access website indicating whether or not prisoners have immigration detainers;
- The Multnomah County Jail at this time is no longer on its public access website indicating whether or not prisoners have immigration detainers;
- The Washington County Jail at this time at this time is no longer on its public access website indicating whether or not prisoners have immigration detainers.
Lars, the third full week of April and another criminal alien report for Lars Larson Show FM 101.1 radio listeners.