SALEM -- A group of Republican legislators introduced bills Wednesday that would make sweeping changes to Oregon's stance towards undocumented immigrants.
One bill would roll back Oregon's sanctuary state designation. That proposal and others -- bills that would make English the official language of Oregon and require employers to check workers' eligibility against a federal immigration database -- are unlikely to move through the Democrat-controlled Legislature.
Rep. Sal Esquivel, R-Medford. Michael Lloyd/The Oregonian.
Rep. Sal Esquivel, R-Medford. Michael Lloyd/The Oregonian. (Michael Lloyd)
House Bill 2921, sponsored by Rep. Sal Esquivel, R-Medford, and Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, would require Oregon's cities and counties to comply with federal immigration detainer requests and repeal a 1987 state law that prevents law enforcement from using resources to find or arrest undocumented immigrants living in Oregon.