Investigation targets Oregon ‘sanctuary state’ repeal effort

Published June 3, 2018, 12:01 AM

by Roel Tibay

By the Associated Press

A conservative group is taking aim at the oldest statewide sanctuary law in the nation, with a drive to repeal a 31-year-old Oregon law limiting police coordination on immigration arrests.

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2017 file photo Oregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks during a news conference in the Capitol ceremonial office in Salem, Ore. Brown is asking Oregon’s attorney general to bring legal action against the federal government over President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. A conservative group is taking aim at the nation’s oldest statewide sanctuary law, with a drive to repeal a 31-year-old Oregon mandate limiting police coordination on immigration arrests. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2017 file photo Oregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks during a news conference in the Capitol ceremonial office in Salem, Ore. Brown is asking Oregon’s attorney general to bring legal action against the federal government over President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. A conservative group is taking aim at the nation’s oldest statewide sanctuary law, with a drive to repeal a 31-year-old Oregon mandate limiting police coordination on immigration arrests. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File/MANILA BULLETIN)

But critics say paid signature gatherers deceived voters during a canvassing push for the measure earlier this year, and that the effort is being funded by hate groups. State law enforcement authorities have opened at least one investigation into the signature gatherers, and opponents have filed a complaint saying the behavior could have been part of a coordinated effort to mislead voters.

The developments come as sanctuary laws around the country face increasing criticism from the administration of President Donald Trump. Trump gathered officials opposed to a California sanctuary law last month in Washington, D.C., at an event where he gained attention for referring to criminal immigrants as animals.

 
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