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ICE blames Oregon county for releasing undocumented man before murder

The case spotlights Oregon's sanctuary law just as voters on Tuesday will decide whether to repeal it.

Posted: Nov 2, 2018 10:58 AM
Updated: Nov 2, 2018 7:35 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Federal officers say authorities in Portland prevented them from taking an undocumented immigrant into custody before his release from jail.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that the man, 45-year-old Martin Gallo-Gallardo, is charged with murdering his wife after his release from jail.

The case spotlights Oregon's sanctuary law just as voters on Tuesday will decide whether to repeal it.

Multnomah County says they didn't get the request but can't recognize civil detainers anyway because of state law.

ICE says it placed an immigration hold on Gallo-Gallardo in March when he was arrested in a domestic violence case.

He posted bail and prosecutors dismissed assault charges against him when his wife and a daughter wouldn't cooperate.

He was charged this week with murder for allegedly stabbing his wife, 38-year-old Coral Rodriguez Lorenzo.

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