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Bonamici Applauds Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s Action to Declare Oregon an Immigrant Inclusive State

February 2, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC [02/02/17] — Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) issued the following statement after Governor Kate Brown (D-OR) clarified through her Executive Order that it is the policy of the State of Oregon to be an inclusive state that embraces its immigrant, refugee, and religious minority residents and refuses to participate in the creation of a religious registry:

“I commend Governor Brown for her important and principled stand in issuing the Executive Order establishing Oregon as a state that will protect its immigrant, refugee, and religious minority residents. It is an affirmation of our core values and our respect for all Oregonians.

“This Executive Order states unequivocally that Oregon will not use state or local resources to enforce federal immigration laws or federal orders that violate the constitutional rights of the residents of our state. Allowing communities to use humane and effective law enforcement strategies fosters trust and makes Oregon a safer place to live. Speaking up for immigrants, refugees, and religious minorities also recognizes the importance of the global economy and the many businesses and universities in Oregon that are connected with people and economies around the globe.

“It is abhorrent that there is a national discussion about creating a religious registry, but Governor Brown’s prohibition against using state agency resources to create such a registry is commendable.

“As we fight President Trump’s divisive and intolerant policies, this statement of inclusivity embraces our diverse communities, including our immigrant and refugee residents and our religious minorities. It is a proud day for Oregon, and I applaud the Governor for her action. In Congress, I will do everything in my power to pursue a comprehensive immigration policy that creates a fair system to bring millions of aspiring Americans out of the shadows so we recognize what they contribute to our country’s future. As the granddaughter of immigrants, I welcome and appreciate the diversity of NW Oregon.”