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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office stance on Immigration Enforcement (Photo) - 07/18/19

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) is committed to providing the very best public safety services for the residents of Multnomah County, which includes our immigrant and refugee communities. In this current political climate, we recognize that people in these communities may feel fear and distrust toward law enforcement officers. We want to ensure that our residents know MCSO does not enforce federal immigration law nor do we have authority in deportation.

MCSO adheres to Oregon State Law and federal court decisions when it comes to enforcing federal immigration laws. Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 181A.820 states:

No law enforcement agency of the State of Oregon or of any political subdivision of the state shall use agency moneys, equipment or personnel for the purpose of detecting or apprehending persons whose only violation of law is that they are persons of foreign citizenship present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.

You can read the full statute at: https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/181A.820

Our current policy states “… because of state law, MCSO must draw a bright line with regard to the work of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a subset of DHS, and the responsibilities of MCSO. MCSO’s mission does not encompass the enforcement of federal immigration law.”

You can read the full policy at https://www.mcso.us/site/policy_review.php which is open for review. As a stakeholder, we want to know what you think. Please feel free to send us your feedback on this policy.

“I’m proud of MCSO’s relationship with the immigrant and refugee community. We work hard every day to build trust with these communities and will continue to do so. We are here to serve all members of our community regardless of immigration status. Please call us in case of an emergency, to report a crime, or to find a missing person. Sheriff Deputies will not ask anyone about their immigration status.”-Sheriff Mike Reese

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The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office seeks public feedback about policy and procedure. (Photo) - 07/15/19

July 15, 2019

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office seeks public feedback about policy and procedure

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office recognizes and takes seriously its affirmative responsibility to engage community stakeholders about service delivery; one form of engagement the Office undertakes is to seek public feedback about proposed policy and procedure(s) through a Stakeholder Review period.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently in the process of reviewing the following policy(s):

  • Policy and Procedure Manual
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Enforcement of Civil, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detainers
  • Political Activity

The Stakeholder Review period is open for all members of the public to submit comments or proposals relevant to the content of the draft, which will be posted for the next thirty (30) days. To comment, please go to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office website, accessible here: https://www.mcso.us/site/policy_review.php

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office thanks you in advance for taking the time to review its drafts and express your views; the Office will take individual comments into collective consideration as it finalizes a policy and procedure.

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