June 13, 2007
From the office of Senator Avel Gordly
Contact: Sean Cruz, Chief of Staff at 503-986-1723 or reply to this email
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Senator Gordly's statement on immigration raids
Senator Gordly spoke in support of Portland Mayor Tom Potter in a remonstrance on the Senate floor today, referring to the Mayor's statement on Tuesday's immigration raids.
Senator Gordly released the following statement:
"I join Mayor Potter in expressing absolute outrage about the immigration raid at a food processing plant in Portland on Tuesday.
"People doing hard work for minimum wage to support their families are not criminals, regardless of their immigration status. They are not a danger to anyone. You won't find criminals by looking among those who are washing, chopping and packaging lettuce. What you will find are the working poor, many of whom have fled grinding poverty and desperation to do this humble work.
"Law enforcement resources should be directed at apprehending and locking up criminals, those who are a danger to society.
"I question the use of valuable and limited resources by federal authorities to target these unfortunate workers and their families instead of addressing the real dangers posed by terrorism, smuggling and other threats to public safety.
"We need a federal policy that takes into account the productive work that these people are doing and that honors family relationships. We should not tolerate tearing families apart.
"The immigration laws of this nation need to be rewritten now, in this U.S. Congress.
"I thank Mayor Potter for speaking directly and forcefully about one of the most significant issues of our time." --Avel Gordly