As someone who believes in the values of tolerance and safety, I urge my fellow Oregonians to vote “no” on Measure 105.
Measure 105 aims to throw out an existing anti-profiling law, which was adopted with bipartisan support more than 30 years ago in order to curb racial profiling in our communities. We must protect this important piece of human rights legislation by voting “no” on 105.
Supporters of 105 will tell you that the ballot measure makes our communities safer. That is not true. If passed, Measure 105 would ask already overstretched local law enforcement to do the bidding of federal immigration police, taking their focus away from local community issues. It would also push immigrant communities further into the shadows, discouraging them from contacting local police when crimes are committed.
The two principal groups behind Measure 105 do not care about safety. They are, in fact, extremist hate groups, labeled as such by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Those who care about tolerance and safety have stated plainly that Measure 105 isn’t safe, and isn’t in keeping with Oregonian values. Please join them in voting “no” on 105.