PPB's Role and Guidelines Regarding Immigration Enforcement

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July 14, 2019 09:10


The Portland Police Bureau follows and enforces Oregon law; it does not enforce federal immigration laws. Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 181A.820 states:

No law enforcement agency of the State of Oregon or of any political subdivision of the state shall use agency moneys, equipment or personnel for the purpose of detecting or apprehending persons whose only violation of law is that they are persons of foreign citizenship present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.
This law can be found at this link: https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/181A.820

The Portland Police Bureau adheres to Oregon law as outlined in Directive 810.10-Immigration Enforcement and Diplomatic Immunity. This directive covers the expectations for our members related to immigration, and can be found at the following link: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/669542

"Now more than ever it is important to understand and recognize the uncertainty and fear for many in our immigrant communities, not just around immigration enforcement efforts, but also hate crimes," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "Members of the Police Bureau continue our outreach efforts to build relationships, especially in communities that may be distrustful of police. We want everyone in our community to feel safe and protected, which is why it is important to understand PPB's role and the laws related to immigration enforcement."



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