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Voters may get to directly repeal ‘sanctuary state’ laws via referendum

A group in Oregon has already submitted a petition with 25% more signatures than required to qualify for the ballot a referendum on repealing that state’s “sanctuary state” law.  In neighboring California, efforts are underway to qualify a similar measure for California voters.

Valerie Richardson reports in the Washington Times:

There’s virtually no chance that the uber-progressive Oregon legislature would ever repeal the state’s oldest-in-the-nation sanctuary law, which is why locals worried about illegal immigration have turned to the voters.

The Stop Oregon Sanctuaries campaign submitted roughly 110,000 signatures last week to qualify an anti-sanctuary measure for the November ballot, more than the 88,000 required, stunning liberal activists and laying the groundwork for a landmark ballot battle.

“This has national ramifications and our opponents know that,” said Cynthia Kendoll, president of Oregonians for Immigration Reform, which led the petition drive.  “The thing that people don’t realize is that very seldom do citizens get to vote on immigration issues.  They’re always legislated upon us.  And that’s particularly the case in Oregon.  We never get a say.”

Read the full story from American Thinker

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