Oregon Will Vote On Ending Sanctuary State Status In November

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The state of Oregon will vote for an initiative to eliminate the state’s sanctuary status for illegal immigrants in November after the petition passed the necessary signature requirement to get on the ballot earlier this week.

Initiative Petition 22 needed slightly over 88,000 votes to qualify for the ballot and it reached that benchmark. The voters will now decide if they want to keep or eliminate the 31-year old mandate.

The ballot title of the petition is “[Repealing the] law limiting use of state/local law enforcement resources to enforce federal immigration laws.”

“Across the state, hundreds of grassroots Oregonians worked to gather the signatures of tens of thousands of voters,” said Cynthia Kendoll, president of Oregonians for Immigration Reform, to the Statesman Journal. “All are eager to end Oregon’s sanctuary policy and see their state do its part to combat, not promote, illegal immigration.”

The three state representatives that have pushed this initiative are Mike Norman, Sal Esquivel and Greg Barreto.