On the ballot this November, Measure 105 would rescind Oregon’s 30-year-old sanctuary law, and align our state with the racist policies of the Trump administration. The ballot measure intentionally uses language that preys on fear, and plays on the narrative that immigrant equals criminal.
Passage of this measure would divert resources from our local communities to do the job of federal law enforcement, straining budgets that are already tight. It will also further isolate immigrant communities and compromise the safety of us all.
Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin has penned a joint letter from sheriffs around Oregon in support of Measure 105. He erroneously suggests that the sanctuary statute somehow prevents local law enforcement from pursuing immigrants who commit crimes.
Erin McKee, co-director of Immigrant Rights Project, Oregon Justice Resources Center, states that “this letter signed by 16 sheriffs is nothing short of open hostility towards communities of color, immigrants, and non-citizens. As Oregonians, we should reject such fear based rhetoric and myths, and support policies grounded in facts, dignity and compassion.”
The North Coast takes pride in its immigrant heritage, and our community is a reflection of the many waves of immigrants who have arrived here over the years. I urge everyone to take a stand and pledge to vote no on Measure 105; we value the contributions of our immigrant neighbors, and hate should not be tolerated on the North Coast.