I was present when former Mayor Kitty Piercy and the city of Eugene passed our sanctuary resolution. Today I am writing to address Measure 105, a new effort to repeal the sanctuary laws that have been in place in Oregon for 30 years with bipartisan support.
The measure would erode our sense of security with local law enforcement.
I was present when the city of Springfield held a hearing to decide the future of their contract with ICE. An hour of testimonies made clear that the presence of ICE in Springfield deteriorated the relationship between the community and local law enforcement. The city and the mayor terminated the contract with ICE.
Measure 105 will not make our communities safer. It will perpetuate racial profiling and undermine the safety of our most vulnerable community members.