What is Measure 105?
Measure 105 would throw out Oregon’s anti-racial profiling law, which passed more than 30 years ago with broad support from Republicans and Democrats. The law gives clear guidance to local police on how to handle complex immigration issues. The law has helped reduce racial profiling while keeping local police focused on protecting local communities. If Measure 105 passes, Oregon will be left without any of these important protections and this guidance.
Answers to your questions about Measure 105
Why are law enforcement, small businesses, and community groups coming together to oppose Measure 105?
Over 500 organizations, businesses, law enforcement officers and community groups understand that local police are already stretched too thin, 911 calls in rural communities are going unanswered, and budgets are tight. We shouldn’t divert Oregon taxpayer money to do the job of federal immigration enforcement. In addition, anti-racial profiling protect immigrant communities from being unfairly targeted by keeping local police focused on enforcing local laws rather than doing the job of federal immigration agents.
Who’s behind the campaign to pass Measure 105?
The groups behind the effort to throw out Oregon’s existing anti-racial profiling law are Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR) and the Federation of Immigration Reform (FAIR). Both groups have been designated extremist hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
If Measure 105 passes, how will it affect our state?
Every day, we hear more and more stories of long-time residents being sent to a country they don’t even know, immigrant families being torn apart, and children being detained in immigration camps. If Measure 105 passes, it could turn local police into another arm of Trump’s “deportation force,” putting Oregon in the company of states like Texas and Arizona where “show me your papers” has become a new reality for immigrants or those perceived to be immigrants.
Here’s just some of what we could see:
Local police could stop, detain or interrogate someone simply because they suspect them to be an undocumented immigrant. This could open the door to serious civil rights violations and more racial profiling of Oregonians.
Local police could be asked to use personnel, funds, equipment and facilities to locate, arrest, and jail people based solely on suspicions about their immigration status.
Law abiding immigrants could live in fear of the police and may not report crimes, seek help if they have been victimized, or provide information to the police to help solve cases, for fear that doing so could lead to arrest, deportation, or separation from their families.
How can local police coordinate with federal law enforcement?
Under Oregon’s anti-racial profiling law law:
Local police can arrest anyone, including undocumented immigrants, for committing crimes. What police cannot do is arrest someone solely based on suspicions about their immigration status.
Oregon provides fingerprint data for all arrests to the FBI, which notifies the Department of Homeland Security and immigration officials of an arrest.
Oregon police can hold undocumented immigrants and turn them over to immigration officers if federal officials have obtained a warrant issued by a judge.
If I vote no on Measure 105, am I voting to give “sanctuary” to people who commit crimes?
No. Oregon’s anti-racial profiling law does not protect people who commit crimes or harm others, whether or not they are immigrants. Under the current law, Oregon law enforcement can arrest and prosecute anyone who commits a crime. What local and state police are not able to do is stop, detain or interrogate someone based solely on suspicions about their immigration status.
Rejecting Measure 105 means keeping Oregon law the way it has been for more than 30 years. What is the history of that law? Is it working?
The law in question passed more than 30 years ago with broad support from Republicans and Democrats for a very important reason: to end discrimination and unfair profiling experienced by Oregonians who were perceived to be immigrants. Eighty-seven Oregon legislators supported it and only two opposed it.
Since the law passed, it has worked as intended by giving clear guidance to local law enforcement on complicated immigration issues.
What are the facts about anti-racial profiling laws?
Decades of research on crimes rates shows that there is no evidence that immigration, including those who enter the country without documentation, increases crime in the United States. A number of studies show that immigrants, regardless of their status, commit crimes at lower rates than people born in the United States, including a Cato Institute study from Texas.
In addition, a second independent study found that counties with anti-racial profiling laws like Oregon’s not only have lower crime rates, they also have higher incomes, less poverty and lower unemployment rates than counties without these types of laws, including in urban, rural, and suburban communities.