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Oregon Voters Could Repeal the Oldest Sanctuary State Law in the Nation

by Countable | Updated on 11.4.18

What the Initiative Does

Measure 105 would repeal Oregon’s sanctuary state law, which prohibits state agencies (including law enforcement) from using state resources to enforce federal immigration law.

Any law enforcement agency in the state would be allowed to agency funds, equipment, and personnel to detect and apprehend people whose only crime is a violation of federal immigration law.

In Favor

Oregon’s sanctuary state law prohibits law enforcement from cooperating with the enforcement of immigration law and jeopardizes public safety when dangerous unauthorized criminals are released from custody ― it should be repealed.

Opposed

Repealing Oregon’s sanctuary law would leave the unauthorized immigrants in the state at risk of sudden deportation and hurt public safety by making them less likely to come forward to aid law enforcement investigations.

In-Depth

Oregon State Representative and gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler (R-Bend) offered the following statement in support of Measure 105:

“I see it as a way to remove barriers between local and state law enforcement communicating and cooperating with federal officials to keep Oregonians safe. It’s regrettable that this measure is even needed.”

Joel Iboa of Causa, a local immigrant rights group, offered the following statement opposed to Measure 105:

“Getting rid of this law opens the door to serious harassment and civil rights violations of our friends, families, and co-workers, simply because they are perceived to be undocumented… Immigrants, including those who may be undocumented, shouldn’t have to live in fear that doing basic things like going to work or school could result... in their families being torn apart.”

Measure 105 made it to the ballot after supporters submitted roughly 100,000 valid signatures, exceeding the 88,164 required.

The Oregon legislature enacted the nation’s first sanctuary state law in 1987 with bipartisan votes of 58-1 in the House and 29-1 in the Senate in response to racial profiling of immigrants by state, local, and federal law enforcement.

The law came under increased scrutiny after an unauthorized immigrant who had previously been deported 20 times and was the subject of an outstanding federal detainer request was released from a county jail in Portland, OR and sexually assaulted two women. He was convicted and sentenced to 35 years in prison for the crimes in July 2018.


— Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) / Public Domain)

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  • BacktotheRight
    Voted Support
    11/05/2018
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    If you can’t figure out how to get a state ID that’s a you problem. If you want to help a police investigation you should do so no matter the cost to yourself, tell the truth, do the right thing and take your punishment. I’d have more respect and be willing to cut an immigrant more slack if they came forward and admitted their were here illegally and still tried to help law enforcement than I would of someone who continued to skirt the law and used them breaking the law themselves as the reason for not helping police. So here illegally? You did that to yourself, can’t bring yourself to talk to the police to help anyone who may need the help of the police? Then when you need help don’t look to me for it.

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  • Catherine
    Voted Oppose
    11/05/2018
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    And if we Embrace immigrants and give them a path to citizenship and help them assimilate into our society we significantly lower the problems of immigrant crime. I think there are better Solutions then the porting people who are productive members of society. I don't have ject to the law enforcement agencies working with each other providing that the people they are targeting are actually criminals and not just illegal immigrants. Integrate them into our society and give them a path to citizenship. Let's stop making them illegal just for wanting to live in the u.s.

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  • Juan
    Voted Oppose
    11/06/2018
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    Have we forgotten that America “traditionally” served as sanctuary for other nations? Sanctuary cities are important. It would be shameful to discontinue sanctuary for those in need. Trump has used fear for far too long. It’s time that the people fight back against his tyranny.

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  • Jim2423
    Voted Support
    11/05/2018
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    It is their state and we should all agree with their decision.

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  • Dave
    Voted Oppose
    11/05/2018
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    Measure 105 would repeal Oregon’s sanctuary state law, which prohibits state agencies (including law enforcement) from using state resources to enforce federal immigration law. A police state coming to a state near you!

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  • Alexis
    Voted Oppose
    11/07/2018
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    All lives matter.

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  • TrulyTexan
    Voted Oppose
    11/05/2018
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    Come on republikkklans, what ever happened to states rights to choose?

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  • ArtyK
    Voted Oppose
    11/05/2018
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    C’mon. Don’t we have much more important issues than seeking out these folks. I don’t trust many of the lawmakers to make fair and righteous decisions as it is. There are enough laws in place already.

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  • Jim2423
    Voted Support
    11/05/2018
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    It is their state and we should all agree with their decision.

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  • Lance
    Voted Support
    11/06/2018
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    Totally agree just look at the crime sadistic‘s every sanctuary city has the highest crime rates Federal government needs to cut all funding to sanctuary citys

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  • Holly
    Voted Support
    11/06/2018
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    sanctuary cities hurt every single person who lives within them. the facts prove it makes no sense to support the unproductive and enabling methods they entail. there are other solutions to these problems.

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  • jeannerob150
    Voted Oppose
    11/09/2018
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    We desperately need common sense immigration reform. We need people to immigrate to America. We are nation of immigrants. We need to secure our borders with technology. We need to use technology to process visas and keep record of where our visitors are. We need hire and train people to research and process applications for entry into the United States, process requests for green cards and for temporary work visas and for student visas. These are jobs that could not be done by robots which is another looming problem that we need to face.

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  • Lee
    Voted Oppose
    11/06/2018
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    Supporting sanctuary cities is supporting “THE AMERICAN WAY!”

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  • Jason
    Voted Support
    11/05/2018
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    Illegal aliens should be deported plain and simple and anyone who doesn’t want that is either: 1) A democrat who wants votes (Because everyone know how the illegals vote right?!) Or 2) watching the fake liberal news media and is under their mind control and therefore thinks it’s “racist” to deport illegals. Federal law supersedes state law anyway- we should cut off all federal funding to any sanctuary cities in this country.

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  • lizm-oregon-dist2
    Voted Oppose
    11/05/2018
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    Trump and the GOP have fomented an obscene rise in racism. Sanctuary law is about LOCAL control...suddenly the GOP doesn't like to give power to the states? Oh I guess they only want it for racist laws in red states. Oregon does not want to be a part of the stasi tactics of Trump.

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  • S
    Voted Support
    11/05/2018
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    All agencies need to up hold the rule of law. State and local governments that bar the use of funds and resources enforcing all laws or not cooperating don’t get federal support. States and local governments can chose how to serve their citizens. If enough citizens dislike the direction then they can change their representation. The American Civil War was in part about a states rights. The biggest issue was slavery. The out come was that states don’t have the right to violate federal law or support those that do. Hence the horrid practice of slavery was ended.

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  • Donna
    Voted Oppose
    11/06/2018
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    DO NOT be bullied by this heartless administration into giving up your beliefs for a few Federal dollars. Not all immigrants are violent offenders. The wacko that killed 11 people in a synagogue? American born. The wacko mailing potentially deadly pipe bombs all over the country? American born. The shooter in KY? American born. The shooter in Parkland? American born. The shooter in Vegas, DC, fill-in-the-blank city? American born. If you want to fix the problem with illegal immigration - FIX THE LAW. By the way - the southern border is NOT the only one we have in this country and it is not the only illegal point of entry. Fix the entire immigration system - don't punish immigrants for their nation of birth. That is called discrimination and AGAINST THE LAW in this nation of laws.

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  • Michael
    Voted Support
    11/07/2018
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    It should be local enforcement that deals with these situations one small branch of the government cannot be expected to secure an entire nation illegal immagration is just that ILLEGAL and it should be treated as such which is the duty an honor of being in law inforcment let the do their jobs.

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  • David
    Voted Oppose
    11/05/2018
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    While repeal of the sanctuary law may satisfy a portion of the population it furthers the risk of profiling, racism, harassment, assault, discrimination, and other crimes against minority groups. In this time of rising white nationalism this is a dangerous move.

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  • Robert
    Voted Oppose
    11/05/2018
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    And it’s not on the border!

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