An Oregon anti-sanctuary initiative has qualified for the November ballot, raising the real possibility that one of the nation’s bluest states could become the first to repeal sanctuary status for immigrants who crossed the border illegally, the Washington Times reports.
“The Oregon Secretary of State’s office announced Tuesday that Initiative Petition 22 had cleared the signature threshold, registering a 95.3 percent validity rate on the 111,000 signatures submitted less than two weeks ago.
Organizers with Stop Oregon Sanctuaries needed 88,184 valid signatures to earn a slot on the ballot.”
“WE DID IT!” said the campaign in a website post.
“Thank you for signing our petition to allow Oregon voters to decide whether they want Oregon to be a sanctuary state for illegal aliens,” said the group.
Oregonians United Against Profiling, the coalition leading the fight against IP 22, called on allies to mobilize in defense of Oregon’s 1978 law, the oldest state sanctuary law in the nation.
“Today, the Oregon Secretary of State’s office confirmed that anti-immigrant groups have turned in enough valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot,” said the coalition. “Their ballot measure aims to throw out Oregon’s sanctuary law, which has been protecting Oregonians from unfair profiling for over 30 years. While it’s disheartening that they collected enough signatures to qualify, we’re confident that together we can defeat this!”
“Wow! Oregonians will get to speak on this all-important issue,” tweeted Republican state Rep. Bill Post. He followed this tweet up with another on the issue:
I love Oregon’s citizen’s initiative process allowing the citizens of Oregon to make policy that affects all Oregonians rather than leaving it up to a handful of elected officials. I don’t always agree with the outcome but I honor the outcome no matter the topic. #orpol
— Bill Post (@BillPostOregon) July 18, 2018
The Washington Times continued:
Opponents of the state’s sanctuary law countered the initiative will give Oregon voters an opportunity to decide for themselves whether they want to restrict local and state cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
If the initiative is approved, Oregon would become the first to overturn a state sanctuary law. A similar signature-gathering campaign is underway in California for the 2020 ballot after falling short last year.