Eugene Passes Ordinance Protecting Individuals From Federal Immigration

Mar 13, 2017

The Eugene City Council Monday night unanimously passed a city ordinance that protects individuals. They heard from more than 30 people speaking in favor of the move, while 2 men spoke against it. 

Many supporters were undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Latin America who spoke of the fear of losing their loved ones to deportation under the Trump administration.

The ordinance prevents Eugene police and city staff from assisting federal agents in enforcing immigration laws. It also prohibits city staff from collecting information about people. The ordinance takes effect in 30 days.

President Trump has threatened to cut off federal funds to sanctuary cities. But Eugene City Councilors say their ordinance does not violate any law.