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Eugene Passes Ordinance Protecting Individuals From Federal Immigration


The Eugene City Council Monday night unanimously passed a city ordinance that protects individuals. They heard from more than 30 people speaking in favor of the move, while 2 men spoke against it. 

Many supporters were undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Latin America who spoke of the fear of losing their loved ones to deportation under the Trump administration.

The ordinance prevents Eugene police and city staff from assisting federal agents in enforcing immigration laws. It also prohibits city staff from collecting information about people. The ordinance takes effect in 30 days.

President Trump has threatened to cut off federal funds to sanctuary cities. But Eugene City Councilors say their ordinance does not violate any law.  

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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