An illegal alien in Oregon who allegedly killed his wife and dumped her body in a ditch is causing an enormous controversy about professional relations between Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department.
ICE officials claim they placed an immigration hold — known as a detainer — on Martin Gallo-Gallardo when he was arrested on a domestic violence charge in March, months before he allegedly murdered his wife, Coral Rodriguez-Lorenzo.
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in their response to the news media claimed they never received the detainer from ICE headquarters in Washington, D.C.. But they admitted even if they had received the ICE request to hold Gallo-Gallardo, they would not have notified ICE due to a 2014 federal court ruling which was eventually overturned.
During a Friday afternoon press event, Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese accused the Homeland Security Department’s ICE of “being deceitful” about their detainer request.
The 45-year-old Gallo-Gallardo is accused of repeatedly stabbing his wife after returning from a weekend party. He allegedly dumped her body near a summer camp.
When he was arrested in March 2018 on assault charges against her, a grand jury decided not to move forward with the case after she was unwilling to cooperate. Gallo-Gallardo was released on bail from the county jail.
According to federal law enforcement investigators, the murder-suspect is a Mexican citizen who entered the U.S. illegally and without documentation. ICE said if Multnomah County had held him as requested, he likely would have been in federal custody instead of returning home to his wife, whom he savagely stabbed to death.
ICE responded to the crime in the following statement: “ICE maintains that cooperation by local law enforcement is an indispensable component of promoting public safety. Gallo-Gallardo is a citizen of Mexico who has been previously apprehended by the Border Patrol multiple times unlawfully entering the United States. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) placed an immigration detainer on Gallo-Gallardo on March 6, following his arrest for Felony Assault 4th degree. The Multnomah County Jail did not honor that detainer and Gallo-Gallardo was released on bond on March 8.