Amid crackdown, PPB clarifies role in enforcing immigration laws


"Portland Police follows and adheres to Oregon law."

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland Police want to remind the public that they will not be enforcing federal immigration laws, according to Oregon law.

The Trump administration’s nationwide crackdown on immigrants is expected to begin this weekend, targeting migrant families in cities across the country.

Although Portland is not on the list of major cities targeted in the crackdown, Portland Police released a statement saying they adhere to Oregon law and do not enforce federal immigration laws. Oregon law states “No law enforcement agency of the State of Oregon or of any political subdivision of the state shall use agency moneys, equipment or personnel for the purpose of detecting or apprehending persons whose only violation of law is that they are persons of foreign citizenship present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.”

In the statement, Chief Danielle Outlaw said she wants the immigrant community to feel safe.

“Now more than ever it is important to understand and recognize the uncertainty and fear for many in our immigrant communities, not just around immigration enforcement efforts, but also hate crimes,” said Outlaw. “Members of the Police Bureau continue our outreach efforts to build relationships, especially in communities that may be distrustful of police. We want everyone in our community to feel safe and protected, which is why it is important to understand PPB’s role and the laws related to immigration enforcement.” 

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