PENDLETON — Umatilla County Sheriff Terry Rowan will answer questions on immigration and civil rights during a town hall event Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Pendleton Library Community Conference Room, 501 S.W. Emigrant Ave., Pendleton.
This is a follow-up to the American Civil Liberties Union’s launch of its new offshoot, People Power. The ACLU describes People Power as “a new platform harnessing nationwide grassroots resistance to the Trump administration’s assault on our Constitution and our values.”
Local People Power organizer Miriam Gilmer said the project seeks to find out if local law enforcement follows the ACLU’s nine model policies to observe undocumented residents’ rights and make sure federal agencies are not using local dollars and resources to carry out the Trump administration’s deportation instructions. She said the group would ask Rowan if the rule of policy is in place, and if so, is the sheriff’s office following it.
“If the policies are not in place or not being followed, the local People Power organization will begin their campaign to get them enacted,” she said.
The group also plans to make a presentation at the Pendleton City Council meeting Tuesday, March 21, Gilmer said, and to meet next week with Pendleton chief of police Stuart Roberts.
For more information about People Power, visit www.peoplepower.org .