SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- About 30 volunteers went door-to-door Saturday in Springfield to encourage voters to vote no on Measure 105.
Supporters of the measure said it will allow citizens to come first. People in opposition said it will leave minorities to live in fear.
Measure 105 would repeal the state's so-called "sanctuary status."
Right now, the sanctuary law prohibits state agencies from asking about a person's immigration status if they haven't committed another crime.
It also bans state and local law enforcement from coordinating with federal immigration officials on raids and roundups.
“If 105 does pass, our families are going to be targeted. There’s going be a lot of profiling,” said Johanis Tadeo of Springfield Alliance for Equity and Respect. “There’s going to be a lot more fear so we want to make sure families and communities feel safe.”
“We need to say no to it,” said Springfield resident Tanya Gomez. “It’s just that simple.”
When Gomez received a knock on the door from a volunteer, her answer took no convincing.
“Everyone is part of the community. We shouldn’t be a state that distinguishes between black, white and brown,” she said. “Everyone needs to feel a majority and not a minority.”
She said as a child of Mexican immigrants, she pledged to vote no on Measure 105.
However, not everyone will be voting no this November.
"We’re fed up with being second class citizens in our own county based upon this sanctuary law that protects illegal aliens,” said Jim Ludwick, founder of Oregonians for Immigration Reform.
Ludwick said he supports Measure 105 because illegal immigrants are more likely to commit crimes.
His group believes the U.S. should turn to history when it comes to deciding the number of legal immigrants that are allowed in the country per-year.
“1776 to 1976 we averaged 230,000 immigrants,” he said. “We became the most successful country in the history of the world and we believe we should return to those immigration numbers.”
To learn more about Oregonians for Immigration Reform and their efforts, click here.
To learn more about Springfield Alliance For Equity and Respect and their efforts, click here.
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