Should Portland, Oregon be a sanctuary city? No!

Should Portland, Oregon be a sanctuary city? No!

December 31, 2016

By David Olen Cross

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler declaring the city will continue being a sanctuary to foreign national’s illegal in the country (illegal immigrants) is promoting a cultural of corruption that has historically resulted in the residents of the city being plagued by foreign national crime.

On November 1, 2016 an Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) report exposed that Multnomah County was number two in foreign national crime with 210 — 21.8 percent — of the 964 criminal aliens incarcerated in the DOC prison system.

Here is the DOC numerical breakdown of the 12 types of crimes committed by criminal aliens against Multnomah County residents: 35 rapes; 34 sex abuses; 33 assaults; 26 homicides; 24 robberies; 23 drug offenses; 11 sodomies; 10 burglaries; seven driving offenses; three kidnappings; two vehicle thefts; one theft; and one other type or a combination of the preceding crimes.

All 964 criminal aliens previously mentioned in the DOC prison system had U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) detainers placed on them.

Important facts: The recidivism rate for DOC prisoners is 24.4 percent. Eventually most of these criminal aliens will be released from prison. Some of these criminal aliens will return to Portland even if ICE officials remove them from the country.

So Mayor Wheeler to be responsible and accountable to the public safety of the residents of Portland should reject any ideas about declaring Portland a sanctuary city and not fully cooperating with ICE officials because illegal immigrants, far too many of them criminal aliens, should be removed from the United States by federal immigration officials.

David Olen Cross of Salem writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. As a volunteer, Mr. Cross also does crime research, numbers and statistics, on criminal aliens in the Oregon Department of Corrections Prison system for Oregon State Senator Kim Thatcher (SD-13). He is a weekly guest on the Lars Larson Northwest Show. He can be reached at or at


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