What is Measure 105?
Measure 105 would throw out Oregon’s “sanctuary” 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
How can local police coordinate with federal law enforcement?
Under Oregon’s sanctuary 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 Measure 105 passes, how will it affect Oregonians?
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 suspected only of violating federal immigration law.
- 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.
If I vote no on Measure 105, am I voting to give “sanctuary” to people who commit crimes?
No. Oregon’s “sanctuary” 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 simply because they suspect them to be an undocumented immigrant.
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 ‘sanctuary’ laws?
Decades of research on crimes rates of immigrants 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 “sanctuary” laws like Oregon’s not only have lower crime rates, they also have higher incomes, less poverty and lower unemployment rates than non-sanctuary counties, including in urban, rural, and suburban communities.
If Measure 105 passes, how will it affect rural communities?
Local police in rural communities are already stretched too thin, 911 calls are going unanswered, and budgets are tight. Measure 105 could divert Oregon taxpayer money to do the job of federal immigration enforcement, making it even harder for rural police and sheriffs to protect the people in their communities.
Who’s behind the campaign to pass Measure 105?
The groups behind the effort to throw out Oregon’s existing Sanctuary 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.
Mayor of Silverton
"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."