As public servants, we have all made the choice to spend our professional lives supporting and working for the success of all of our fellow Oregonians. I know that what binds us together in common cause is shared respect and admiration for Oregonians who work to provide for their family and to make our state thrive.
In recent days and weeks, I have received an extraordinary number of emails, phone calls, letters, and social media interactions. Oregonians across the state are deeply concerned about the potential impact of new presidential Executive Orders on our State, its economy, and on our families and friends.
That’s why today, I took action to reaffirm Oregon’s commitment to be a welcoming and inclusive place for all, including immigrants and refugees.
First, I am calling upon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to bring legal action to oppose the federal government’s recent anti-immigrant measures. Second, I have issued an executive order that renews our State’s commitment to protecting our immigrant, refugee, and religious-minority communities.
These measures are another chapter in the Oregon story. On this page of that story, we as public servants stand for those among us threatened by discrimination, and for those being placed on the far side of a false “us” and “them” divide. Your service helps give every Oregonian the chance to write their own story.
Thank you for your service and the thousands of hours you have committed to ensuring that millions of Oregonians have the opportunity to live to their greatest potential.
Governor Kate Brown