Anti-sanctuary state initiative qualifies for November ballot

Article author: 
Connor Radnovich
Article publisher: 
Salem Statesman Journal
Article date: 
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Article category: 
Oregon Issues
Article Body: 
Voters will decide the future of Oregon's long-standing sanctuary state status in November after an initiative challenging the law qualified for the ballot Tuesday, according to the Secretary of State's office.
The Secretary of State certified that Initiative Petition 22 had 97,762 valid signatures — 86 percent of the signatures submitted and more than the 88,184 required to qualify for the general election.
The initiative aims to remove a 31-year-old statute prohibiting Oregon law enforcement agencies from arresting individuals whose only crime is violating federal immigration law. 
"Across the state, hundreds of grassroots Oregonians worked to gather the signatures of tens of thousands of voters," said Cynthia Kendoll, president of Oregonians for Immigration Reform. "All are eager to end Oregon's sanctuary policy and see their state do its part to combat, not promote, illegal immigration."...
OFIR was previously successful in helping orchestrate the defeat of Measure 88, a referendum that would have allowed undocumented immigrants to secure driver's cards. The state Legislature had passed the law, but Oregon voters rejected it by a margin of 2 to 1.
The Southern Poverty Law Center designates Oregonians for Immigration Reform as an anti-immigrant hate group with ties to white supremacists. ...


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