For more than 30 years Oregon law has prohibited the use of state and local resources to enforce federal immigration law if a person’s only crime is being in the country illegally. Why?
In large measure, this is because if state and local law enforcement begins to act like immigration enforcement officers, you will have people not reporting crimes. You will have people hiding from the police. The local police chief trying to solve a crime might know people from the immigrant community have information about it, but they may not talk to you if they think you’re also going to be enforcing the immigration laws.
That is a real direct threat to the personal safety and security of all Oregonians if Proposition 105 passes in November.
Our immigration issues are a result of the failure of the federal government, and that’s where it needs to be fixed. Local law enforcement has a different job than federal immigration enforcement. The problem is the federal government has totally abdicated its responsibility.
Please join me in voting NO on Prop 105. It’s not safe. It’s not just. It’s not Oregon.