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Bonamici talks issues, answers questions at Banks town hall

September 22, 2018
In The News

Bonamici, a Democrat, held the meeting as part of a swing through the district she represents, Oregon's First Congressional District in the northwestern part of the state. After being introduced by Banks Fire Chief Rodney Linz — the meeting was held at the Banks Fire District's station in downtown Banks — she talked for a few minutes about her legislative priorities before taking questions from constituents.

Questioners were selected by raffle tickets drawn from a basket. As evidenced by the number of green "Agree" cards held up during the meeting, though, which well outnumbered red "Disagree" cards throughout the event, Bonamici generally enjoyed a friendly room Saturday morning.

One questioner, however, criticized Bonamici's positions on immigration and asked her to consider supporting Ballot Measure 105, a statewide initiative that would repeal a part of Oregon's constitution that prohibits state and local law enforcement resources from being used strictly to enforce federal immigration law. She said she had survived a gang-rape by a group of men she described as "illegal aliens" nearly 20 years ago and asked Bonamici, "Why do you continue to support the people who commit these crimes?"

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