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Tax And Anti-Immigration Measures See Movement As Filing Deadline Nears
OPB
News article

... Supporters of a controversial initiative to repeal Oregon’s sanctuary law appeared closer to qualifying for the November ballot.

Oregonians For Immigration Reform turned in 105,000 signatures, according to the group’s president, Cynthia Kendoll. She said backers are also urging petitioners to bring additional signatures to the state Capitol on Friday morning to try to pad their margin.   The group needs 88,184 valid signatures from registered voters to qualify for the ballot. That gives them a current margin of error of 19 percent, which might not be enough.   “I will...
Signatures submitted for petition to repeal Oregon's immigration sanctuary status
The initiative aims to remove a law that bars Oregon law enf
Salem Statesman Journal
News article
Petitioners for an initiative that would undo Oregon's sanctuary state status for undocumented immigrants submitted 105,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office Thursday afternoon.   The Secretary of State must certify that 88,184 of those signatures are valid for Initiative Petition 22 to appear before voters in November. Signatures can be submitted until 5 p.m. Friday.   "This afternoon, our committee took a huge step toward repealing Oregon's sanctuary statute and thereby freeing our police and sheriffs to cooperate more easily with federal immigration authorities...
Honesty, patriotism define Oregon's sanctuary repeal effort
Herand and News
News article
“In life you need either inspiration or desperation,” declares self-help guru Tony Robbins.   Bereft of the former, the liberal group Our Oregon has embraced the latter.   For the past year, Oregonians for Immigration Reform, a group that advocates policies to stem illegal immigration, has worked to qualify a measure for the November ballot that will enable voters to repeal Oregon Revised Statute 181A.820, the state’s illegal-immigrant sanctuary law. Our Oregon has sought to demonize OFIR’s effort by tarring the thoroughly mainstream organization as a “white supremacist hate group...
Oregon group says immigration laws must be enforced
A group called Oregonians for Immigration Reform is collecti
KGW
News article

ALBANY, Ore. – While many are calling for changes in how illegal immigrants are being treated as they cross the border, others in more rural parts of Oregon disagree. Several people in Albany, said people need to come into the United States legally and that current immigration laws should be enforced.

"I'm sad about the protests,” explained Judy, who asked KGW to only use her first name. “I'm all for immigration, but I want it to be legal and I think that we have laws on the books that need to be enforced.”

“My great grandparents were immigrants, they came through Ellis...

Sanctuary Policies Endanger Innocent Victims
ICE press release about NYC’s sanctuary policies highlights
FrontPage Mag
News article

The title of a June 1, 2018 ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) news release, concisely highlights how insane sanctuary policies senselessly endanger public safety:

3-month review shows how New York City's failure to honor immigration detainers leads to hundreds of dangerous criminals released — Many of those released offended again.

Here are the first two paragraphs of this press release:

NEW YORK — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in New York conducted a three-month review of detainers lodged...

Guest column: Voters should repeal Oregon sanctuary law
Bend Bulletin
Op-ed
Should Oregon law provide sanctuary to illegal immigrants? This year, voters may get the chance to decide.   Activists affiliated with Oregonians for Immigration Reform are collecting signatures to seek to qualify a measure for the November ballot that would enable voters to repeal Oregon Revised Statute 181A.820. That law prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies from working to detect and apprehend “persons whose only violation of law is that they are persons of foreign citizenship present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.”   To begin, let’s...
Stop Oregon Sanctuaries
KXL
News article

Since 1987, Oregon Revised Statute 181A.820 has kept Oregon’s state and local law-enforcement agencies from offering their fullest cooperation to the U.S. authorities charged with identifying and detaining illegal aliens. In doing so, the law has effectively rendered Oregon a “sanctuary” state for foreigners here illegally.

Activists affiliated with Oregonians for Immigration Reform have filed Initiative Petition 22 with the Oregon Secretary of State’s Elections Division. IP 22’s goal: to place a measure onto the November 2018 statewide ballot that will give Oregonians the chance...

School sanctuary policies set poor example for students: Guest opinion
OregonLive.com
Op-ed

Supporters of illegal-immigrant sanctuary policies are notorious for employing emotion over logic. Matt Reed's commentary ("Providing sanctuary in schools isn't enough," May 25) is a spot-on example.

Reed, a teacher at Beaverton School District's Westview High, relates the story of a student's father detained for a violation of immigration law "by a federal government increasingly hostile toward immigrants." (As do many sanctuary advocates, Reed refers to people here illegally merely as "immigrants," a semantic sleight of hand designed to conflate legal with illegal immigrants and...

Voters can repeal state's sanctuary law
Portland Tribune
Letter

Many thanks to Louis H. Bowerman, whose recent letter ("Voters should rule on sanctuary cities," March 8) made an excellent point.

"I don't recall the citizens of this city or state voting on implementing 'sanctuary cities' or a 'sanctuary state,'" Bowerman. wrote. "Shouldn't voters have a say in this issue?"

This year, they do. Activists affiliated with Oregonians for Immigration Reform are working to qualify a measure for the November ballot that would repeal Oregon Revised Statute 181A.820. That statute, enacted in 1987, forbids Oregon's police and sheriffs from using...

More California Cities Seek to Defy ‘Sanctuary State’ as Revolt Spreads
Breitbart Clifornia
News article
More California cities may consider defying the state’s “sanctuary state” laws, after the city council of Los Alamitos passed an ordinance defying the state’s controversial new legislation preventing cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

Leaders of Los Alamitos, in Orange County, passed the ordinance 4-1 and instructed the city attorney to file an amicus brief in the ongoing Department of Justice lawsuit against the State of California. The lawsuit challenges the Immigrant Worker Protection Act (HB 450), the Inspection and Review of Facilities Housing Federal Detainees...

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