Wednesday December 13, 2017
SNc Channels:

Search
About Salem-News.com

 

Apr-15-2009 07:42printcomments

Court Overrules Oregon County’s Anti-Immigrant Law

St. Helens is featured in this week's issue of Time magazine. It says in 2008, state legislatures passed more than 200 immigration-related laws, mostly to prompt undocumented workers to give up and move back to their home countries.

Salem-News.com
Woman at an Immigration Rights Rally in Salem
Salem-News.com photo by Tim King

(ST. HELENS, Ore.) - A controversial ballot measure that passed in Columbia County last fall won't become law after all.

This week, Circuit Court Judge Ted Grove ruled the plan to slap employers with mandatory $10,000 fines for hiring undocumented workers oversteps the county's authority because immigration enforcement is a federal issue.

Marcy Westerling, director of the Rural Organizing Project, a group that fought the anti-immigrant Measure 5-190, says now it's up to the feds to revise the laws.

"Our challenge is to show how united we are in wanting Congress to do its job in passing safe and sane immigration reform that works, for all of this country."

While the racial tension is not dead in St. Helens, Westerling believes the ballot measure appears to be.

"The only people that can appeal this are the county, and the county is not wanting to see a ridiculous law go into effect. So, the county will not be appealing this."

St. Helens is featured in this week's issue of Time magazine. It says in 2008, state legislatures passed more than 200 immigration-related laws, mostly to prompt undocumented workers to give up and move back to their home countries by making it more difficult to work in the U.S.

Backers of those measures don't believe the federal government is doing a good enough job at immigration enforcement.

Others say it's not stricter enforcement that's needed, but laws that allow some workers to remain in the country legally.




Comments Leave a comment on this story.
Name:

All comments and messages are approved by people and self promotional links or unacceptable comments are denied.



Vic April 16, 2009 6:12 am (Pacific time)

A nation that can afford to once again, have the largest military budget in history, and which consistently spends more on warfare than all the other nations of the earth combined should have no problem with paying some benefits to people who come up here to work their asses off doing work that many times, "Americans" would not do. As far as "defrauding the govt of huge sums"..are you talking about Wall Street? Defense contractors? the Israeli lobby? Do you realize that between the wars and the bailouts, we are spending around ten billion per week? But hey, it is more fun and politically acceptable to pick on the "illegals". The Nazis had their Jews and Gypsies to direct people's anger towards, we have the "illegals".


Brittanicus April 15, 2009 12:54 pm (Pacific time)

Amnesty for illegal immigrants in the United States, will cost taxpayers more than the Liberals will admit? The majority who have no papers are paid under the proverbial table, by parasite employers. Those who are using fraudulent or bogus Social Security Numbers, do pay Federal taxes. A great example of the pathway illegal aliens have fraudulently, exploited free money is the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). In his book financial analyst and economist Edwin Rubinstein. He states that (EITC) is the largest anti-poverty program in the United States -- and the most illegal-immigrant friendly. In 2007, more than 23 million households received more than $47 billion in the EITC payments. Much of the so-called "tax relief" goes to people who never paid a cent in taxes, and may have already defrauded the government of huge sums each year.

[Return to Top]
©2017 Salem-News.com. All opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Salem-News.com.


Articles for April 14, 2009 | Articles for April 15, 2009 | Articles for April 16, 2009
googlec507860f6901db00.html
Special Section: Truth telling news about marijuana related issues and events.

Steele`s Karate
In Salem
Sign Up Now!



Support
Salem-News.com:

Since 1985, Tattoo Mike is one of the most reputable tattoo artists in Oregon.