California, at least along the coasts, has the well-deserved reputation of being one of America’s most extremely liberal states. However, it may come as a surprise to many that notoriously “undocumented”-harboring California is not America’s most liberal and aggressive sanctuary state.
That dubious honor would fall to Oregon, California’s neighbor to the north, which has been defiantly pushing laws to protect illegal immigrants even as President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice has made significant efforts to bring back some normalcy to our deep illegal immigrant problem.
This issue actually started in 1987 in Oregon, when the state passed a law barring police departments from doing their job to enforce immigration laws. Says the state law, “No law enforcement agency of the State of Oregon or of any political subdivision of the state shall use agency moneys, equipment or personnel for the purpose of detecting or apprehending persons whose only violation of law is that they are persons of foreign citizenship present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.”
The Sheriff’s Office of Multnomah County, the state’s most populous county, put out a memo last year detailing ways in which they would not be cooperating with ICE. Says the memo, “The Sheriff’s Office is not responsible for enforcing federal immigration policy. We are primarily responsible for local law enforcement. In this role, it is vital community members feel comfortable calling 911 to report crimes and to participate as witnesses and victims in our local system, without fear of that information being shared with ICE.”
Kate Brown, Oregon’s new Democratic governor, put out an executive order earlier this year restricting how police can enforce immigration laws. The state’s lawmakers managed to one-up her by propsing a new bill that would prevent all “public bodies” in Oregon from ever asking people about their legal status, or sharing information about illegal immigrants. Why are Oregon liberals trying so hard to help illegal immigrants?