Oregon Issues and News

Oregon bill combats DACA termination, continues college tuition equity
SJ Statesman Journal

Despite national efforts to end DACA, undocumented students in Oregon will continue to have access to tuition equity if Senate Bill 1563 passes.

Students who are not citizens have historically had to apply for "official federal identification" — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals documentation — before they can be eligible for resident tuition at public universities.

Otherwise, they have to pay non-resident or international tuition costs, which can be three or four times more than in-state tuition per year.

But since the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s...

PCC opens center for 'Dreamers,' other undocumented students at Rock Creek Campus
The Oregonian

The state's largest college opened a new center last week specifically to help support students who qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Portland Community College officially opened the door Jan. 22 to its DACA Resource Center at the school's Rock Creek campus on the west side. The school says it's the first center of its kind in the state.  ... undocumented students brought to the United States as children, commonly referred to as Dreamers.

"At PCC, we recognize that dreamer students face unique barriers that require additional mental,...

Oregon health agency's money troubles double in new report
OregonLive.com

Money problems at the Oregon agency that oversees Medicaid could be more than twice as large as already disclosed, a new report reveals.

Due to errors involving abortion, prison, undocumented immigrants and other factors, the state might have overpaid its contractors or owe other entities as much as $78 million...

....Allen listed $34 million that he said is owed to the agency or went untapped, due to budget and accounting problems....

The disclosures hint at the red meat the reports could serve up to the campaign to overturn $340 million in health taxes enacted to...

Oregon's sanctuary policies set to cost taxpayers $2 million in lost funding

Sanctuary jurisdictions in Oregon currently at risk of losing funding, and amounts at risk:

Multnomah County - $173,088

Oregon Criminal Justice Commission - $2,080,04

DOJ Targets More Sanctuaries

By Jessica Vaughan, Center for Immigration Studies, November 16, 2017

Yesterday DOJ sent a letter to 29 sanctuary jurisdictions that received law enforcement grants under the Byrne/Justice Assistance Grants program in 2016, warning them that they appear to be in violation of federal law and may have to repay the funds. In addition, they could be...

Jeff Sessions to Oregon: State’s ‘sanctuary’ policies ‘endanger us all’
The Register-Guard

PORTLAND — In a speech to federal law enforcement officers, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday urged Oregon politicians to reconsider the state’s “sanctuary” law.

Sessions pointed to a slew of high-profile crimes committed by unauthorized immigrants in Oregon and nationwide as he tried to make the case that the 1987 state law makes Oregonians less safe.

“The problem is that the (sanctuary) policies tie your hands,” he told the law enforcement officials and other federal workers. “Sanctuary policies endanger us all.”

Sessions’ 20-minute address at the U.S....

Attny.Gen. Jeff Sessions visits Portland, calls for proper cooperation in enforcing immigration law
  Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to Portland on Tuesday, September 19, to speak to state and local law enforcement about the importance of better cooperation between state and federal authorities in controlling immigration.   Here are excerpts from Sessions’ remarks:    The fundamental duty of this government is to protect the safety and the rights of its citizens. President Trump is a law and order President. …   A key concern is that some jurisdictions have undertaken to undo our immigration laws through so-called “sanctuary policies.”   Such policies undermine the...
Attorney General Jeff Sessions coming to Portland to talk about sanctuary cities
OregonLive.com

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be in Portland on Tuesday to talk about sanctuary cities and immigration with federal law enforcement officials.

Sessions will make his remarks at 1 p.m. at the Portland field office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at 1455 N.W. Overton St.

Sessions is also expected to meet separately with Oregon sheriffs and police to discuss immigration, violent crime, drug enforcement and the opioid epidemic, among other things, an administration official said.

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish wrote on his Facebook page over...

Fight Over Oregon's 'Sanctuary Law' Brings Immigration Policy Battle To The NW
OPB

At a booth at the recent state fair in Salem, people waited in line at a booth for Oregonians for Immigration Reform to sign the group’s proposed ballot measure to repeal Oregon’s so-called “sanctuary law.”

Cynthia Kendoll, the group’s president, said this new measure is attracting more intense interest than its previous attempts to discourage illegal immigration.

“This is something that people are truly really concerned about,” said Kendoll, “and I have just been amazed here at the state fair that people walk up and say, ‘Just let me sign this. I am so sick of this.’”

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President’s actions could end with deportation of MHS grad
Keizertimes

As a middle school student, Hugo Nicolas made a vow to himself.

“I told myself that even if people reject me or deny me things, I will still do my best to uphold the values of this country. I would like to help this nation be better because it gave me so many opportunities and helped me see the world in a different way,” Nicolas said. “Right now, it’s hard because I love this country. It’s just so bittersweet. My emotions are mixed.”

In August 2012, two months after graduating from McNary High School, Nicolas enrolled in a then-new program, called Deferred Action for...

Activist against illegal immigration takes aim at PCC's bond
Portland Community College in November seeks a bond renewal of $185 million for facility upgrades
PortlandTribune

A former vice president with Oregonians for Immigration Reform has shelled out $1,600 of his own money to file four Voters' Pamphlet statements attacking Portland Community College's $185 million bond renewal measure on the November ballot.

Rick LaMountain, a retired mail handler from Washington County who filed the opposition statements, says he wants to alert likeminded voters in the more conservative patches of PCC's service area to the community college's decision last December to designate itself a "sanctuary campus" for undocumented students. LaMountain also decries PCC's...

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