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

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OPB
Article date: 
September 22, 2017
Article category: 
National News
Medium
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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 illega ;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.’”
 
Oregon may not seem like it is on the front lines of the battle over immigration policy. But the state appears headed toward a bitter election fight on the issue that could reverberate nationally...
 
“We will end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths,” Trump vowed. At the Republican convention last year, the relatives of people who had been killed by immigrants illegally in the country were prominently featured on stage.
 
Just a few weeks later, Oregonians for Immigration Reform began laying the groundwork for an initiative to abolish the state law.
 
Trump’s focus “gave us the backup that this is truly something that people are concerned about,” said Kendoll...
 
 

 

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