An illegal alien was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Monday for re-entering the United States illegally after previously being deported no less than 11 times.
Sergio Jose Martinez was arrested by police last year after he attacked two women in Portland, Ore., just one week after he had been released from jail where he was held for interfering with police and providing a false birthdate, the Associated Press reports.
In December, he was sentenced to 35 years in state prison for those attacks, pleading guilty to sodomy, kidnapping, sex abuse, and other charges.
Oregon was the first state in the nation to adopt “sanctuary state” policies, passing a law in 1987 that prevents law enforcement from detaining illegal immigrants who have not broken other U.S. laws. Law enforcement officials say that because of Oregon’s sanctuary state policy, police were forced to release Martinez, enabling him to commit his violent crimes. U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had issued an immigration detainer asking Oregon police to hold Martinez in jail, but he was ordered to be released by a court.
“He was released consistent with the orders of the court. No federal or state criminal warrants were present at the time he left our custody,” Sheriff Michael Reese said at the time.
Sanctuary state policies prevented this evil man from being held by police until ICE could deport him.
In November, voters in Oregon will have a direct say on whether the state keeps its sanctuary city policies, voting on a ballot measure to repeal the 1987 state law. (Read more from “11-Time Deportee Sentenced for Attacking Women in Sanctuary Oregon” HERE)