The man released in March by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office
An illegal immigrant that Federal immigration officials claim Oregon authorities prevented them from deporting has now been charged with the horrific stabbing death of his wife, whose body was later found in a ditch on Sunday.
The ongoing dispute between federal authorities and Oregon over the state’s “sanctuary” on illegal immigrants has now been highlighted by the case.
The man, identified as Martin Gallo-Gallardo, 45, had been released in March by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office following the dismissal of assault allegations against him.
Gallo-Gallardo’s wife and daughter discontinued cooperating with police and the grand jury refused to indict him, according to FOX 12 Oregon.
His wife’s body, Coral Rodriguez-Lorenzo, 38, was found close to the Sandy River in the Bull Run-Sandy area east of Portland, she had been stabbed multiple times.
According to Fox: Gallo-Gallardo was arrested this week and charged in the killing, according to an affidavit.
Officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said the federal agency placed a civil detainer hold on Gallo-Gallardo while he was in custody in Portland so it could start deportation proceedings.
The agency stated the sheriff’s department didn’t accept the request because of the state’s sanctuary laws.
“It’s unfortunate that law enforcement agencies like the Multnomah County jail refuse to work with ICE to promote public safety by holding criminals accountable and providing justice and closure for their victims,” said Tanya J. Roman, a spokeswoman for the ICE regional office that covers Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska.”
“It’s unfortunate that law enforcement agencies like the Multnomah County jail refuse to work with ICE to promote public safety by holding criminals accountable and providing justice and closure for their victims.”
Multnomah County officials announced Friday they never received the ICE request, adding that a 2014 federal court decision blocked them from recognizing civil detainer requests.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office knows this, ICE knows this, but they persist in pursuing this failed strategy,” Multnomah County officials said.
Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese said Friday that the detainer request faxed to his office by ICE resulted in an error message on the transmission.
“Let’s start using good technology,” he said.
The case spotlights Oregon’s controversial immigrant sanctuary law adopted in 1987 that restricts law enforcement from arresting people in the country illegally who have broken no other laws.
Voters on Tuesday will decide whether to repeal the law, OregonLive.com reported.
“The county’s statement on this matter ignores the fact that there is no mechanism for a judge to issue a criminal warrant for an administrative immigration arrest. Oregon’s sanctuary policies fail to recognize federally established processes for the enforcement of immigration law, and they do so at the expense of the safety of their citizens,” according to ICE.
Reese opposes repealing the sanctuary law, saying in a recent TV ad that “it helps create bright lines for local law enforcement,” the Daily Caller reported.
“Communities we serve know that we’re focused on protecting and serving them. We’re not worried about their immigration issues.”
In addition, if ICE wanted to apprehend Gallo-Gallardo, its agents could have picked him up during the six months he was free before his subsequent arrest for allegedly murdering Rodriguez-Lorenzo, a sheriff’s department spokesman said.
“They had his name, address, and telephone number,” said Sgt. Brandon White, a spokesman for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
“It is disingenuous to make this claim when they failed to follow the process for even entering the civil detainer information into any law enforcement database.”
Court documents assert Gallo-Gallardo drove his wife to nearby Clackamas County after an argument and stabbed her multiple times. He pleaded not guilty to the crime Tuesday.