President Donald Trump's administration is stepping up enforcement on immigration, and its sights are set on Washington County.
On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security published a report showing which local law enforcement agencies failed to comply with orders from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, including a national 'top ten' list — and Washington County is the only Oregon jurisdiction on it.
The ICE report is the first in what is said to become a weekly publication, naming counties whose law enforcement agencies refuse to cooperate with ICE requests to detain people living in the country without documentation, "therefore potentially endangering Americans," ICE said in a press release.
Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett took issue with the report and noted there are circumstances when county officials can and do cooperate with ICE.
In the federal report, Washington County was listed seventh, having declined at least seven ICE detainer requests during the week of the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3.
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