On a day when much of the nation was shocked and even sickened by the verdict of a San Francisco jury that placed more importance on a seven-time felon, five-time deported illegal alien than it did on the life and death of his victim, at least one “undocumented immigrant,” was taken off the streets.

A Portland, Oregon court got it right when it sentenced Mexican national Sergio Jose Martinez, 31, to 35 years in prison after he was convicted of sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery, and sodomy.

His conviction centered on two separate attacks on Portland women that occurred on the same day.

Of even more concern was Martinez’s past history that included no less than 20 (twenty) deportations back to Mexico, and a lengthy rap sheet of probation violations for prior felony convictions.

Unsurprisingly, Martinez had been released from the Multnomah County, Oregon Jail last December over the objections of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.

Similar to the decisions made in hyper-liberal San Francisco, the Oregon sheriff’s office had refused to cooperate with ICE, overruling its request that it be alerted prior to Martinez’s release, putting Martinez back on the streets and free to continue his criminal activities.

The sheriff of Multnomah County, Mike Reese along with other county officials, signed a statement that puts it in line with San Francisco and other sanctuary jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration law.

In part, the statement read: “The Sheriff's Office does not hold people in county jails on ICE detainers or conduct any immigration enforcement actions.”

Social media had erupted and was still incensed over the acquittal of Garcia Zarate, an illegal alien from Mexico who had been deported five times and convicted of seven felonies and admitted to firing a gun in a public place that killed a woman on the popular Pier 14 near the Embarcadero.

His victim, Kate Steinle, fell into her father’s arms begging, “Help me, Dad,” as she succumbed to the gunshot wound that struck her in the back.

Zarate was found not guilty of all charges related to Steinle’s death, which President Trump made the centerpiece of his call for tightening enforcement of existing immigration laws and building a wall on the southern border.

Comments on social media called for the dismissal of the Multnomah County sheriff, Mike Reese, and stronger sentencing laws for illegals, like Martinez, who continue to re-enter the U.S.

“Sheriff Mike Reese and county officials should be fired. Their obligation is to protect the US citizens,” one person posted, while another demanded harsher sentencing of repeated re-entry violations.

“He's been deported 20 times and keeps coming back in... that should be automatic life in a high-security facility.”

Martinez wasn’t sentenced to life, but at least the residents of Portland will be safer with him behind bars for at least a little while.

Do you think federal sentencing laws for repeat offenders who return to the U.S. after deportation should be enforced more strictly?

Source: Fox News

 
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