We’re there, folks. We’re at the point in human history where down is up and up is down; wrong is right and right is wrong; the law is the law only if there is a law saying that law can be enforced.
So is your good buddy Abner. I have an easier time wrapping my head around the validity of the Million Monkey Theory (put a million monkeys in front of their own typewriter and eventually they’ll type out a literary masterpiece).
Take a deep breath, grab a barf bag, and read the unbelievable.
By Lauren E. Hernandez for StatesmanJournal.com
Three Oregon legislators are spearheading an initiative petition that would repeal the Oregon law prohibiting local and state police from enforcing federal immigration laws.
Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, Rep. Sal Esquivel, R-Medford, and Rep. Greg Barreto, R-Pendleton, certified a ballot title with the Elections Division for Initiative Petition 2018-022, which is proposed for the November 6, 2018 General Election.
The trio is hoping voters will support repealing Oregon Statute 181.850, which states law enforcement agencies may not use agency money, equipment or personnel to detect or apprehend people who are only violating federal immigration laws by being foreign citizens in the United States.
Oregonians for Immigration Reform, an organization calling for an end to illegal immigration, is “cosigning” the initiative, said communications director Jim Ludwick.
“Every nation has a sovereign right to set its own immigration policies and we believe the state statute is in violation of federal law,” Ludwick said. “People should have the chance to vote on this.”
Ludwick said OFIR plans to lead a community campaign which includes providing information to residents and gathering signatures for the initiative at places like the Oregon State Fair and other public venues.
“We’re going to start a vigorous process to make sure we overturn the sanctuary state of Oregon,” Ludwick said.
88,184 signatures are required to certify the initiative for a ballot measure, according to the Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division.
Rep. Nearman and Rep. Barreto did not respond to requests for comment. Rep. Esquivel was out of state and could not be reached by publication time.
Andrea Williams, executive director of immigrant rights organization Causa Oregon, said Causa has been keeping an eye on the initiative ever since it was filed.
“The last thing we need is our local law enforcement resources being used for federal immigration purposes,” Williams said.
She said Causa has passed 14 inclusivity resolutions across Oregon cities and counties that vow to not allow city resources to be used to enforce federal immigration law. Salem City Councilors voted unanimously to pass the resolution in February.
Williams said the initiative would undue the bipartisan effort in 1987 that brought ORS 181.850 into law, which she says was in response to accusations of police racial profiling.
When President Donald Trump released an executive order that halted federal funding to sanctuary cities and allowed law enforcement to perform the functions of immigration officers in January, local and state police officials said they would not alter the way they operate.
Salem Police, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police stated they would follow state law as long as it an Oregon statute.
Ludwick said, however, local and state law enforcement should follow federal law.
“People need to understand the cost of illegal aliens on the state of Oregon,” Ludwick said. “Everybody has to obey the law.”
The prospective petition, which was initially filed on April 25, is currently in an appeal period. Registered voters have the opportunity to submit comments and requests for the Oregon Supreme Court to review the ballot until Monday, July 31.