Anti-Immigrant Measure Qualifies for Oregon Ballot


A statewide campaign is already working to defeat the attempt to eliminate Oregon “sanctuary” law

July 17, 2018

CONTACT: Andrea Williams, Causa Oregon,, 503.999.5940

SALEM, Ore.  -- The Oregon Secretary of State’s office today confirmed that anti-immigrant groups turned in enough valid signatures to qualify initiative petition 22 (IP 22) for the November ballot. IP 22 aims to eliminate Oregon’s sanctuary law, a law that has been protecting Oregonians from unfair racial profiling for more than 30 years. 

“This ballot measure will ask voters to throw out the state law that protects all Oregonians, including immigrant Oregonians, from unfair racial profiling,” said Andrea Williams, leader with Oregonians United Against Profiling and executive director of Causa Oregon. “We’re confident that Oregon values of fairness and looking out for our neighbors will prevail, and voters will say no to eliminating the law in November.”  

Causa Oregon is one of the founding organizations of the coalition working to defeat the anti-immigrant ballot measure. More than 100 business, labor, faith, civil rights groups, and law enforcement leaders have joined Oregonians United Against Profiling in an inclusive, statewide campaign to defeat the ballot measure.

Oregon’s 31-year-old “sanctuary” law clarifies and distinguishes between the roles of local and federal law enforcement related to immigration and states that Oregon police personnel, funding, equipment, and facilities cannot be used for activities that are the responsibility of federal immigration agents. The law was passed in 1987 with the near unanimous support of state Republicans and Democrats to address widespread profiling of those perceived to be undocumented immigrants and to keep local police resources focused on enforcing local laws.

“Three decades ago, Republicans and Democrats in our state came together to pass this law to protect Oregonians from profiling,” Williams said. “This law gives clear guidance to Oregon law enforcement on complicated immigration issues. Whatever your views on the national immigration debate are, it makes no sense to throw out a law that has worked well since 1987.”

The ballot measure is backed by Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR) and the national group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Both groups have been designated “extremist hate groups” by the Southern Poverty Law Center with ties to white supremacist funders.

Groups backing Oregonians United Against Profiling include Oregon business leaders Nike, Columbia Sportswear, the Timbers and Thorns, and the Portland Business Alliance; civil rights and immigrant rights groups Causa Oregon, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon (ACLU of Oregon), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the National Immigration Law Center; and unions including Oregon Education Association (OEA), SEIU, AFL-CIO, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United (PCUN).

The campaign website is at