In a move that is only surprising to those who know nothing about Oregon politics, Oregon Governor Kate Brown has officially declared Oregon to be a Sanctuary State for all illegal aliens.
Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday issued an executive order that forbids all state agencies and employees from helping federal immigration officials locate or apprehend undocumented immigrants.
“We will not retreat,” she said.
Just looking for attention, and what is seen by many as a misguided attempt to appease the protesters that plague Portland, Kate Brown made a gesture.
Oregon State Law already forbids state and local law enforcement agencies from using public resources to find or arrest those whose only crime is being in the country without proper documentation, Brown’s order goes a step further in solidifying the state’s sanctuary status by expanding the law to all agencies.
The governor’s order also makes it illegal for state agencies to discriminate based on immigration status, and forbids state agencies from using public resources to help create a religious registry.
“We have heard threats of a Muslim registry at the federal level,” Brown said. “I don’t know how sincere these threats are, but I want to be absolutely clear: We will not participate.”
Wait! So this is just a reactionary move? A knee jerk reaction to something that might come along someday but which probably won’t? Correct! It doesn’t stop there though!
“This Executive Order is intended to be consistent with the state’s obligations under federal and state law,” it says. It also says the order “shall be interpreted as to not violate any requirement of federal or state law.”
So, wait a second here. Break federal law by not enforcing federal law, but don’t think of this as an order to break federal law? Anyone else find something wrong with this picture?
Senate Republican leader Ted Ferrioli said the executive order is an attempt by Brown to distract from the problems facing the state; namely the $1.8 billion budget gap and he is probably right!
“It’s a sad but typical sign of failure,” he said. “That’s what’s wrong with Oregon. We’re not willing to solve our own problems.”
But they are obviously willing to lose that federal funding that they use to subsidize their budget it appears. Oregon constantly attempting to remove any and all corporations from their state, inviting more and more people into the state that will be more of a drain on the economy than a benefit, and the plethora of other horrendous policies that can be boiled down to economic suicide; makes this move by Kate Brown not surprising whatsoever.
It is important to note that Governor Kate Brown does not speak for the state of Oregon. She speaks for the city of Portland and Salem. The rest of the state adamantly opposes her and her destructive policies. So please, do not judge the entire state of Oregon by the actions of the fools who run the state.