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Your Voice, Your Vote: Measure 105 - Sanctuary State

If Measure 105 passes, it would repeal the state's sanctuary law that was passed in 1987.

Posted: Oct 31, 2018 12:03 PM
Updated: Oct 31, 2018 6:24 PM

OREGON -- The debate over Oregon's sanctuary state law is one of the more controversial topics appearing on the November ballot.

Voting "yes" on Measure 105 supports repealing the state's sanctuary law that was passed in 1987, which made Oregon the first sanctuary state in the nation.

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Voting "no" means the sanctuary state law would remain in place.

Currently, 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.

Supporters of the measure said it will allow American citizens to come first.

"We're a nation of laws," said Jim Ludwick, communications director for Oregonians for Immigration Reform. "We're also a nation that has a immigration policy and the policy is, you're not supposed to come into this country illegally."

People in opposition said it will cause fear in minority communities.

"Undocumented immigrants have been part of the fabric of Oregon," said Joel Iboa, a coordinator for the No on Measure 105 campaign. "They are the backbone of our local economy."

Ludwick argued this point.

"Nobody would target them," he said. "How would your family be targeted unless you break the law? I don't understand that concept. If they're here illegally, shouldn't they leave?"

The Repeal Oregon Sanctuary Law Committee (ROSL) raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of the measure.

The largest donors on the opposing side include the ACLU of Oregon and the National Immigration Law Center.

In July, the Republican candidate for governor, Knute Buehler, said he would vote to repeal the law.

Governor Kate Brown made it clear she supports the sanctuary state law.

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