Reported Violations of Oregon’s Sanctuary Promise Act

Beck, Kaysea
McAlister, Siobhan
Officer, Kelly
Sanchagrin, Ken
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Oregon Criminal Justice Commission
Oregon was the first in the nation to become a sanctuary state when it enacted a law in 1987 prohibiting state and local law enforcement agencies as well as state and local government bodies from assisting federal authorities with immigration enforcement. Oregon’s sanctuary laws have been updated several times since 1987, including during the 2021 Regular Legislative Session, when the Oregon legislature passed House Bill (HB) 3265 – the “Sanctuary Promise Act” – to further strengthen existing sanctuary laws. HB 3265 focuses on the reporting of and response to violations of Oregon’s sanctuary laws, as well as providing trauma-informed, culturally responsive support to community members via a reporting hotline. The Sanctuary Promise Act requires the CJC to 1. Develop a reporting mechanism through which the CJC will receive reports of Sanctuary Promise violations from public bodies. 2. Publish and continuously update a website with the data received from such requests (excluding personally identifiable information). 3. Coordinate with the ODOJ in developing a standardized intake process for reports made through the hotline or online reporting system. 4. Share data with the ODOJ should it be necessary for an investigation. The CJC is also required to issue an annual report no later than July 1 each year to the Governor, the Legislative Assembly, Oregon district attorneys, the Department of State Police, each Oregon law enforcement agency, and the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training that summarizes the information reported to the CJC. This report covers the first year of data collected by the CJC, including a summary of the information reported by public bodies to the CJC from July 1, 2021, through June 1, 2022.<br/>