The Portland Tribune quoted Professor Warren Binford in a story about sanctuary state laws and recent comments by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding a complaint filed against the state of California.
Sessions specifically addressed the intention of the justice department to block provisions in California’s laws that he argues override federal statutes. Binford provided context on the issue, noting that Oregon’s laws are less bold than California. However, Binford explained that the Justice Department’s actions against California could set an example for other states that have passed or are thinking of creating similar laws.
“Oregon is not the model of a state the DOJ would want to use as an example to other states and municipalities thinking about taking a stance on immigration issues,” Binford said. “They are going to go against the big fish. And that is California because of its size and how strong the economy is and the values that so publicly contrast with the values of the Trump administration.”
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