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Anti-Measure 105 Activists Rally Before Weekend Canvassing

Brian Bull

Opponents of Measure 105 gathered outside the Springfield Public Library yesterday. If approved, the ballot measure would eliminate Oregon’s decades-old immigrant sanctuary law. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Roughly 75 people gathered for the event, organized by Community Alliance of Lane County.  Speakers denounced the measure, which would repeal the state law limiting local police’s cooperation with federal immigration enforcement.

Credit Brian Bull / KLCC
Joe Berney, Lane County Commissioner, speaks to the gathering of roughly 75 people.

Johanis Tadeo of Springfield Alliance for Equity and Respect says they’re going to launch canvassing efforts beginning Saturday.

“We wanna vote “no” on Measure 105 to stop racial profiling, to stop interrogating, and to stop wrongfully detaining folks just because of their status,” Tadeo tells KLCC.

Meanwhile, backers of Measure 105– including 16 Oregon sheriffs - say it’s important to put the state into compliance with federal law, to crack down on those living and working in the U.S. illegally.

The measure goes before voters in November.

Note: Tune in to KLCC Monday night (9/17) at 6:30pm for a City Club debate on Measure 105.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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