There is a common saying that seems appropriate to the debate over Measure 105: “If is isn’t broken, don’t fix it.”
Oregon’s Sanctuary Law, existing and working well for 30 years, is not broken and doesn’t need fixing. The group wanting to “fix” this law is a recognized hate group, by its own stated principals and beliefs, that discriminates against a whole class of people. They want to allow Oregon law enforcement to be used by federal immigration enforcement against immigrants.
Stop a minute and imagine the chilling effect this would have on the LatinX community to help local law enforcement to solve local crime, or even to ask for protection for itself when needed. Why take the risk? Even legal papers are not always enough protection.
Oregon has an existing law that works to protect Oregonians, has clear guidelines regarding immigrants and is not used as an arm of federal enforcement. The 10th Amendment has even established that states cannot be compelled to participate in federal enforcement. Enough said.
The law in place is not broken and it does not add another layer of fear to a targeted community. All of us at CALC urge a “no” vote on Measure 105.
Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC)