Kate Brown on Immigration
Oregon will accept refugees and help them rebuild lives
Oregon will continue to accept refugees. They seek safe haven and we will continue to open the doors of opportunity to them. As Oregonians, it is our moral obligation to help them rebuild their lives.
In Oregon we will continue to abide by federal laws regarding resettlement. Oregon does not have a direct role or act independently of the federal government.
Source: The Advocate on 2016 Oregon gubernatorial race
, Nov 18, 2015
Open the doors of opportunity for Syrian refugees
Gov. Kate Brown broke her silence on the controversy over resettling Syrian refugees, saying that Oregon will "open the doors of opportunity" for displaced people. "Clearly, Oregon will continue to accept refugees," Brown tweeted. "They seek safe haven
and we will continue to open the doors of opportunity for them." Brown posted a second tweet: "The words on the Statue of Liberty apply in Oregon just as they do in every other state."
In a letter to Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer, Brown said she has neither
the authority nor the will to keep Syrian refugees from resettling in Oregon. "As Oregonians, it is our moral obligation to help them rebuild their lives," Brown wrote. "In Oregon we will continue to abide by federal laws regarding resettlement.
Oregon does not have a direct role or act independently of the federal government."
Brown's statements came as a wave of mostly Republican governors across the U.S. have sought to close state borders to Syrian refugees.
Source: The Oregonian on Syrian refugees: 2016 Oregon governor race
, Nov 17, 2015
Expand state college aid to undocumented students
Excerpts from The Oregonian:
- In a party-line vote, the Oregon House approved legislation that would expand state college aid to undocumented students.
- Senate Bill 932 marks another step toward "tuition equity" in Oregon, allowing
immigrants brought to the US by their parents to pay in-state tuition rates when attending Oregon colleges.< Under SB932, those students would be eligible for state tuition grants worth about $2,000 a year.
- State officials estimate up 350 undocumented
students, often from low-income families, will be able to receive grants & attend college. Lawmakers have added funding to help 13,000 more students overall qualify for state tuition grants.
- The vote was acrimonious: opponents pointed to a ballot
referendum that would have issued driver's cards to residents without proof of immigration status. Oregonians voted down the measure in droves.
Status:Passed Senate, 17-12-1; passed Assembly 34-25-1; Signed by the Governor 8/12/2015
Source: The Oregonian on Oregon legislative voting records: SB 9
, Jul 22, 2015
Page last updated: Jul 19, 2017