Throughout the November 2018 election, Oregon PSR opposed Measure 105, an attempt by the anti-immigrant hate group Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR) to repeal our state’s 30-year-old inclusivity law (ORS 181A.820). OFIR is recognized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a nativist extremist group with ties to white nationalism. Measure 105 was soundly defeated in the November 2018 election.
Measure 105 put repealing our 1987 inclusivity law, which is strongly supported by state and local law enforcement, onto Oregon's November 2018 ballot. This inclusivity law prohibits the use of state and local resources to enforce federal immigration law; if this law were eliminated we could see an increase in racial profiling, the separation of families based on perceived immigration status, and distrust of law enforcement in our communities. Additionally, law enforcement resources could be directed away from local concerns to fuel the anti-immigrant deportation machine. We know that this law has helped keep our communities safe and protected Oregonians from racial profiling for the last 30 years, both of which contribute to the health and safety of our communities.