Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) has refused to cooperate with federal immigration officials and is seeking legal action against one of Trump’s executive orders on immigration.
Brown wrote a letter to Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum (D) saying she does not accept President Trump’s handling of immigrants in the U.S., particularly in her state.
According to The Hill, Brown told Rosenblum she was upset with local Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who recently arrested undocumented immigrants around Portland’s Multnomah County Courthouse without seeking county or court authorization.
Oregon is one of the several states that protects illegal immigrants from being arrested or detained solely on the basis of an immigration violation. Brown asked Rosenblum to seek legal action against Trump’s executive order to protect illegal immigrants and refugee resettlements in her state.
“I will uphold the civil and human rights of all who call Oregon home,” Brown said Thursday. “These new policies from the White House show no regard for the values Oregonians believe in nor the economic realities Oregon faces.”
One priority listed in Trump’s executive order is to deport undocumented immigrants who are receiving public benefits, but Brown has made it clear that she wants illegal immigrants to receive the same rights as U.S. citizens.
“I have great faith that justice for our valued Oregonian immigrants and refugees and their families can be preserved through court action initiated by the state,” Brown wrote.
Washington, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, and Virginia have reportedly already initiated lawsuits against the immigration ban.
H/T: The Hill
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