The Washington County Sheriff's Office said late Tuesday, Feb. 18, that it would comply with subpoenas from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for information the agency is seeking about two people it wants to deport.
The move appears aimed at circumventing Oregon's sanctuary law, which is among the oldest in the country and has long blocked ICE and local law enforcement agencies from sharing some information.
ICE is seeking details about two Mexican nationals whom it claims are in the country illegally. According to jail records posted online, the Washington County Jail currently is holding both men.
An ICE official said its use of subpoenas is not new, but historically the agency hasn't issued them against other law enforcement agencies. Still, these are the first subpoenas by ICE in Oregon.
ICE also has recently used subpoenas in other so-called sanctuary jurisdictions such as California, Denver, Connecticut and New York, which limit local law enforcement's interactions with ICE.
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