Other than California or Massachusetts, it would be hard to name a state more synonymous with “progressivism” than Oregon. Somehow, just in the space of the run of the TV sitcom “Portlandia,” the image of Portland has devolved from amusing time capsule of hippy-dippy quirkiness to angry leftists blocking the streets, attacking cars and screaming at people who dare hold different political views.
But are the majority of Oregonians really on board with all the crazy ideas of today’s “so-far-left-they’ve-left-sanity-behind” liberals? We’ll find out next week.
Oregon is one of the oldest “sanctuary states,” having overwhelmingly passed a law in 1987 to block local police from helping to enforce immigration laws. That and all the social services have made Oregon a magnet for illegal immigrants. There are an estimated 146,000 living in Oregon and costing taxpayers $1.22 billion a year. And there are signs that many Oregonians don’t want to “put a bird on it” (“Portlandia” reference), they want to stick a fork in it. For instance, in 2014, Oregonians voted 2-1 to repeal the law providing drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants.
And on Tuesday, they will vote on a measure backed by immigration reformers and at least 16 Oregon sheriffs to repeal the 1987 “sanctuary state” law. Opponents say it’s a failure and it’s victimizing law-abiding citizens. The repeal campaign has been fueled by a number of recent events, including the growing “caravan” heading northward from Central America, and the case of Sergio Martinez. He was an illegal immigrant in Portland who was released from jail instead of being turned over to ICE, despite having been deported 13 times before. He then sexually assaulted two women and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Defenders of the sanctuary law argue that only a small handful of illegal immigrants commit serious crimes so they don’t need to cooperate with ICE to deport those who have. Which is like saying that only a small handful of citizens commit serious crimes, so we don’t need to build jails for those who do.
As you head to the polls to cast your vote, think of Oregon as a microcosm for the entire immigration debate. National-level Democratic strategists are desperately trying to deny that they want to open the borders, abolish ICE and do away with immigration laws, even as their base demands those very things. But in Oregon, they had their way, and the Sergio Martinez case was the result. Tragically, it’s nowhere near the only such example. If a liberal policy is a proven, deadly failure on the state level, so much so that many Oregonians want to reverse it, why on Earth would you vote to empower people who want to impose it nationwide?
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