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Tracking the Hate behind Measure 105

Ballot to kill sanctuary law draws a fight

Beverly Corbell | 8/8/2018, 6:01 a.m.
Measure 105 (Initiative Proposition 22) seeks to roll back anti-racial profiling reforms in Oregon and is sponsored by the Repeal ...
Cristina Marquez points to the racism behind a ballot measure to kill Oregon’s sanctuary law. Photo by Beverly Corbell

Ron Louie, retired Hillsboro police chief, said the law has helped increase trust in law enforcement, which is critical for officers who rely on community members to tell them when they are victims of crime.

“Our Oregon law provides clear guidance to local law enforcement officers on how to handle complicated immigration issues,” he said. “It creates a bright line that says local police should be focusing on local problems.”

Activists kick-off a campaign with Oregonians United Against Profiling, which includes the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, to oppose Ballot Measure 105 in the November General Election that would repeal Oregon’s sanctuary law, passed 31 years ago because of racial profiling.

Activists kick-off a campaign with Oregonians United Against Profiling, which includes the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, to oppose Ballot Measure 105 in the November General Election that would repeal Oregon’s sanctuary law, passed 31 years ago because of racial profiling.

Marquez said the Vote No on 105 campaign has heavy support from both large and small businesses, including Nike, Columbia Sportswear, the Portland Timbers and the Portland Thorns, the Portland Business Alliance, Living Room Realty, Henkels Law LLC, and other organizations, including the National Immigration Law Center, the Oregon Education Association, Service Employees International Union, The AFL-CIO, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, Northwest Treeplanters, and Farmworkers United.

A complete list of about 100 business supporters can be found at orunited.org, where people can also sign up to volunteer, make donations, register their support, and be notified of future events to combat Measure 105.

“From here on it’s going to be a grassroots campaign, with concerned people coming together and talking to our neighbors and friends about why it’s important that we keep our current law,” Marquez said.