Why Did Measure 88 Lose So Badly?

A new report blames national "Tea Party nativists."


This month's election results suggest Oregon remains a blue oasis in a red political tide. So how to explain voters overwhelmingly rejecting Measure 88, which would have given drivers cards to undocumented immigrants?Salem political insiders had warned for months the measure was doomed to a landslide defeat—because the measure's ballot title said it would give drivers cards "without requiring proof ...   More
Monday, November 17, 2014 AARON MESH

Oregon Voters Say No, in a Big Way, to Driver's Cards for Undocumented Residents


ORIGINAL POST, 8:47 pm Tuesday, Nov. 4: Oregon voters have crushed a measure that would have given driver's cards to residents who can't prove they're in the U.S. legally. Voters turned down Measure 88 by 67 percent to 33 percent. The measure was passed by the 2013 Legislature, but anti-immigration activists collected enough signatures to put the question to a vote. Opponents of the law said ...   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 AARON MESH

Between ICE And A Hard Place

Salvador Ibarra provided evidence against immigration crooks. His reward? Likely deportation.

Any day now, Salvador Ibarra could be deported from the United States. The Oregon resident sits in a federal immigration detention lockup   More
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Greed Card

Two Oregonians found the perfect crime: falsely promising vulnerable immigrants documents. Why are they not in prison?

Cover Story
Ignacio Estevez was 16 when he came to the United States from Guatemala in 1987 to pluck pistachios in California for 20 cents a barrel. He’s since sweated his way into a construction job with b   More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Mountain Sounds: Thursday, Nov. 21

U.S. immigration laws wouldn’t let Tim Hoyt and Franc Castillejos make an album together. So they headed for the hills.

Music Stories
Mountain Sounds’ Tim Hoyt has a bone to pick with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “As an American citizen, all the immigration laws have done are slow me down personally and try to s   More
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 GRACE STAINBACK

Attempt to Prevent Oregon Driver Card Qualifies for Ballot, Opposition Coalition Kicks Up


An effort to repeal a legislative bill that would have allowed driving privileges to those who can't prove U.S. citizenship qualified for the ballot today, and a coalition has already kicked up to defeat it.Shortly after the Secretary of State verified the campaign's signatures to refer Senate Bill 833 to the 2014 ballot, opponents issued a statement, saying that forbidding immigrants a way ...   More
Friday, October 18, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Inbox: Harry Merlo And Our Water

Letters to the Editor
I don’t see any problem with Harry Merlo contributing to efforts to make the Water Bureau into a public utility district [“Mystery Man Revealed,” WW, Oct. 2, 2013]. I do have reservations ab   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

No Thaw In Jail’s Chill

The Multnomah County Sheriff's new policy to hold fewer undocumented immigrants is having little effect.

News Stories
Saul Paz spent 16 days in the Multnomah County Jail this August after flashing fake ID to a bouncer at an Old Town club. Paz is old enough to drink—he’s 26. But he’s also an undocumented imm   More
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Immigrant Groups Pull Back, Say They Don't Have an Opinion On ICE Holds Yet

ACT Network Backpedals After Blasting Sheriff Dan Staton's New Policy


After sending out a scathing statement last Thursday, a coalition of immigrant rights groups is softening its original response to Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton's new policy surrounding U.S. Customs and Immigration retainers.As WW first reported on March 27, Staton is planning to no longer honor federal ICE requests that he detain suspected undocumented immigrants who are brought into his jails ...   More
Monday, April 1, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Multnomah County Undersheriff's Trip to Border School Cost Taxpayers $1,273


Multnomah County Undersheriff Tim Moore's trip to El Paso, Texas, to a "border school and tour" hosted by an anti-immigration group cost local taxpayers $1,273.37. As WW first reported yesterday, Moore spent Sept. 21 and 22 at a training hosted by the Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform (FAIR). The sheriff's office says the trip was a training session about Mexican drug cartels, and today ...   More
Thursday, September 27, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD


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