Clackamas County reaffirms support of diversity, hands-off immigration actions
Clackamas County commissioners have reaffirmed their support of diversity and opposition to stepped-up federal efforts to arrest and deport immigrants who are here illegally.
Their resolution, which they passed unanimously Thursday (June 8), stops short of "sanctuary" status approved by some cities — Portland, Hillsboro and Beaverton among them — and Multnomah County.
"This is not about making us a "sanctuary' county," said Commissioner Paul Savas, whose parents were Greek.
But it added the voices of Savas and the three other commissioners to a March 2 statement by Chairman Jim Bernard, who said at the meeting, "Silence is the moral equivalent of consent." It also restates county diversity policies in resolutions adopted in 2012 and 2015.
"Much of this resolution is symbolic," said Bill Street of Milwaukie, who was among those speaking for the resolution. "But symbolism is important. Reaffirming policies and procedures through symbolic action is an important aspect of leadership."
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