Sponsored by: KC Hanson, Wayne Kinney, and Melissa Rae Pancurak Approved: 01/31/2017
A RESOLUTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF OREGON
WHEREAS Immigrants and refugees of all nations have contributed to the health, well-being, and general welfare of The State of Oregon as families and neighbors; and
WHEREAS Immigrants and refugees of all nations have contributed to the prosperity of Oregon as workers and taxpayers; and
WHEREAS inclusion and integration of all residents of The State of Oregon is a vital concern for the general welfare of The State of Oregon in all respects; and
WHEREAS discrimination based on national origin, race, ethnicity, or religion or perceived national origin is a chronic aspect of life for immigrant and refugee populations of Oregon;
WHEREAS chronic discrimination leads to community disengagement, diminished opportunities for integration, increased stigmatization, greater incidents of health morbidity;
WHEREAS chronic discrimination negatively impacts local economic activity; and
WHEREAS promotion of health, well-being, and general welfare are core obligations of the City, and
WHEREAS prosperity requires harnessing all The State of Oregon’s available labor, skills, and ideas to grow The State of Oregon’s economy and expand opportunities; and
WHEREAS every Oregon resident should be treated with compassion and respect regardless of national origin or citizenship status; and
WHEREAS under the national constitution, the immigration power to exclude and deport is reserved exclusively to the national government,
Now, Therefore, The Democratic Party of Oregon Resolves That:
We, the State Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Oregon, hereby urge our state, counties and municipalities to oppose assisting or cooperating with any raids or detentions or deportations of any immigrants. This includes the assistance of local law enforcement or providing data to the federal government. It is not the role of any state, county or municipal law enforcement agency within Oregon to act as agents of the federal government in checking Oregonians’ immigration status.
The Democratic Party of Oregon urges all Oregonians, including the leaders and administrators of our state, county and municipal governments to not cooperate or assist with registration and surveillance programs of Muslims, or any attempts to make our friends, neighbors, and loved ones the enemy.