As someone who was born and raised on the North Coast, I am ashamed that Sheriff Tom Bergin has signed onto to a letter endorsing a law that would make it more difficult for immigrants to live safely in Oregon (“Clatsop County sheriff takes leading role in sanctuary debate,” The Daily Astorian, Aug. 28).
By supporting Measure 105, Bergin is abandoning his duty to help all people feel safe within Oregon, regardless of their status on paper. Without strong sanctuary laws, immigrants (documented and undocumented) will be less inclined to report crimes committed against them, thus potentially furthering the very issues Measure 105 claims to solve.
Bergin also should feel ashamed for invoking the name of Mollie Tibbetts in his defense of bad policy. Mollie Tibbetts was murdered by a man who refused to take “no” for an answer. However, Bergin and many others are using her death as a political agenda, even though the Tibbetts family has publicly stated that Mollie did not, and would not, support anti-immigrant policies.
By invoking her name to further this agenda, Bergin is obscuring the real fact that immigrants of all kinds are more likely to experience violence rather than perpetrate it.
I sincerely hope that Tom Bergin reconsiders his position.