The tomatoes, potatoes, onions even the watermelons that we enjoy eating every summer were all picked by immigrants. Immigrants who came here to work and have a better life for their family. They work early hours in the day and finish late but the work doesn’t stop there because once they’re home they need to take care of their family.

They’re active community members. The great athletes, students, or community members that we know may be immigrants themselves or have family members that are. They all help our community thrive and be successful.

If Measure 105 were to pass, it would bring so much fear to those who are part of our community. Our local law enforcement are already stretched too thin and they should be protecting and serving everyone. Innocent people, whether citizen or not, would be stopped due to being racially profiled. Many would begin to distrust our police and crimes such as domestic abuse would not be reported. We’ve had this Sanctuary law (ORS 181A.820) for 31 years now and it has never been a problem before. This law gives clear guidance to local law enforcement on complicated immigration issues and it does not protect those who commit crimes.

Studies show that immigrants are less than likely to commit a crime and the sheriff in our community has stated that crimes by immigrants in our area are low. By voting NO on Measure 105, we will continue to keep our community safe and we will continue to grow stronger! I see that many of us here appreciate having a close community so we shouldn’t turn our backs against those who are a big part of our rural community. I urge you all to vote NO on Measure 105 and support those who support us.

Brenda Flores


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