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Measure To Repeal Oregon's Sanctuary Law Makes November Ballot

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... State elections officials announced Tuesday that Initiative Petition 22, the “Stop Oregon Sanctuaries” campaign, has more than enough valid signatures to make November’s ballot. If approved by voters, the measure would scrap state laws that largely prevent state and local police officers from enforcing federal immigration law.

“Voters seldom get an opportunity to vote on immigration issues,” said Cynthia Kendoll, president of the group Oregonians for Immigration Reform, the measure’s primary backer. “We should get to decide do we want to repeal this or not. My guess, and our polling shows, yes we want to repeal that.”
 
The measure will face a fight. Last week, a coalition calling itself Oregonians United Against Profiling launched a campaign to oppose the proposal, with backing from major political players such as Nike and Columbia Sportswear, along with dozens of other businesses, organizations and officials....
 
The ballot measure has roots in the heated rhetoric of the Trump administration, which has lambasted sanctuary policies like Oregon’s. Last September, Attorney General Jeff Sessions paid a visit to Portland, telling an audience of federal law enforcement officials that sanctuary laws help protect “pedophiles, rapists, murderers, drug dealers, and arsonists.”
 
That focus from Trump and his cabinet “gave us the backup that this is truly something that people are concerned about,” Kendoll told OPB last year....
 
Oregonians for Immigration Reform is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which calls it “the most prominent anti-immigrant group in the state.” Kendoll says the label is politically motivated. 
 
IP 22 was sponsored by three Republican state representatives: Greg Barreto of Cove, Mike Nearman of Independence, and Sal Esquivel of Medford. According to the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office, more than 95 percent of the 111,039 signatures submitted were valid — an extremely high proportion compared to most campaigns....
 

 

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