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Oregon attorney general announces statewide launch of ‘Sanctuary Promise Hotline’

Oregon Dept. of Justice

First state in country to offer counseling benefits; also now offering emergency funds

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Friday launched a new statewide Sanctuary Promise Hotline, saying that anyone can and should report suspected violations of Oregon sanctuary laws to the hotline in any language.

Here's the rest of her news release, in full:

Oregon’s long-standing sanctuary laws restrict state and local law enforcement as well as all state and local government agencies from collecting, storing, or sharing information about a person’s national origin, immigration, or citizenship status for the purposes of enforcing federal immigration law. The Oregon legislature recently provided funding for the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) to staff the hotline with culturally responsive and trauma-informed advocates. DOJ will investigate all allegations of sanctuary promise law violations.

“For the first time, any person in Oregon can report a sanctuary law violation to a hotline designed to support and meet our communities’ needs,” said Rosenblum.

“Our immigrants, refugees, and migrant workers are our friends, neighbors and co-workers, and they are a vital part of our social and economic fabric. Oregonians value fairness and dignity, and all people should feel safe in their communities. No one should feel like they cannot show up to work or school for fear of being arrested, detained or deported. We intend to follow up on every single call and urge all Oregonians to be aware of and use this new resource.”

Oregon was the first state in the nation to become a sanctuary state in 1987, when legislation passed with bipartisan support. The Oregon legislature recently expanded the law under the Sanctuary Promise Act (House Bill 3265) to mandate that, among other things, if law enforcement or public bodies are contacted by federal immigration agencies, they must decline to share information and report the contact to the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission.

The Sanctuary Promise Act also provides funding for DOJ to staff a trauma-informed, culturally responsive hotline for community members to report violations of the law, and for the Oregon Department of Justice to investigate allegations of sanctuary promise law violations.

In January 2020, the Oregon Department of Justice launched the Bias Response Hotline, which has fielded over 3,000 reports of hate and bias occurring throughout Oregon. The new Sanctuary Promise Hotline will be the second hotline in the Civil Rights Unit staffed by trained advocates within the Oregon Department of Justice’s Crime Victims and Survivors Services Division (CVSSD).

To further support victims of hate and bias, Oregon DOJ recently became the first state in the country to provide counseling benefits through the Crime Victims’ Compensation Program to anyone who has experienced a bias crime or bias incident, including a sanctuary bias incident.

In addition, as of Friday, victims can apply for up to $1,000 in Emergency Monies for Bias Victims to help with safety, security, relocation or other assistance in the aftermath of bias. Contact the Bias Response Hotline at or 1-844-924-BIAS (2427) for questions or to apply. The hotline accepts all Relay calls.

Examples of violations to Oregon Sanctuary Promise laws include:

  • Investigation or interrogation by state or local police for immigration enforcement purposes;
  • Most inquiries, storing, or sharing of information about national origin, immigration or citizenship status by police or state or local government;
  • Civil arrest without a judicial warrant/order from a court facility;
  • Arrests by federal immigration agents of a person on their way to or from court or while at court;
  • Police collaboration with federal authorities for immigration enforcement purposes;
  • Denial of services, benefits, or privileges to a person in jail or on probation/parole based on immigration status;
  • Police establishing coordinated traffic stops or traffic perimeters to enforce federal immigration orders or laws; or
  • State or local government or police failing to document or report request from a federal immigration agency relating to immigration enforcement.

Rosenblum thanked the chief sponsors of the Sanctuary Promise bill: Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon, Rep. Khanh Pham, Sen. Chris Gorsek, Rep. Wlnsvey Campos and Rep. Andrea Valderrama.

“Their passionate commitment to this issue and making Oregon more inclusive and welcoming is the reason we are able to launch this important hotline,” she said.

To contact the new Oregon Sanctuary Promise Hotline:

In English:  1-844-924-STAY (1-844-924-7829).

En Español:  1-844-6-AMPARO (1-844-626-7276).

Community members can report in any language, and the hotline accepts all Relay calls.

To read this press release in Spanish click here.

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  1. realworldman says:
    More wasted tax dollars
    To the contrary, police lie, a lot in fact. This hotline will help connect the dots and point to patterns of police and Immigration Services harassment. Every penny will be well spent. Police are not Gods, time to stop treating them like it. Police all too often abuse and misuse their powers vested in them by the state. They’ve gotten away with many types of harassment over the years because there has been no way of tabulating individual instances of harassment. This will go a long way toward doing just that. Stop harassing people based on race and socioeconomic class, that’s the takeaway message here. And if they continue, which they are most certainly likely to do, a class action suit can be brought against the law enforcement agencies with hard, indisputable data in hand.

    1. Are you willing to admit that crossing a US border illegally is against the law? Why would a state outlaw law enforcement from asking and/or investigating if someone broke federal law? This insanity defies any logic and people like you are completely on board with it. You are nuts.

        1. Way to change the subject. Any thoughts on the questions I asked?
          Can you provide examples of your distraction from the article above? If there are laws that are not being enforced as you mention, I am opposed to that as well.

        2. Also, “firearm regulation laws” don’t work. The cities in this country with the most gun restrictions are killing grounds of mostly minority victims by fellow minorities.

        1. The question is, why wouldn’t they? We are a safer society when law enforcement works together. This sanctuary crap has one purpose, to manufacture more Democrat voters. Why the hell do you think the Democrat party as a whole attacks the notion of requiring proof of citizenship to vote.

          1. One benefit of the recent plandemic is that all those who are for vaccination cards or other proof to carry around are by default fine with proof of id to vote – same process.

    2. enforcing Federal Immigration Law is not ‘harassment’. Your hatred for our Police is revolting and your support of illegal immigrating and resulting wage suppression is why we now have supposedly functional adults concerned with the minimum wage

      1. He’s not totally wrong, there ARE issues, but over-generalization is not limited to one end of the political spectrum or the other.
        Great things only happen in the middle. The rest is just sad blame and hate.

    3. Sorry but this is disgusting and so is your post. How about you house one of these violent criminal illegal aliens that are let right back into society because of the most absurd so called sanctuary laws.

  2. You’ve heard they say something is for the children. Are they talking about US citizen’s children or the children of a foreign nation. I watched a group of teenagers protesting in California. Guess who’s flag they were protesting under? Mexico’s flag.

  3. doug bledsoe says:
    At least it’s not like 59 million being set aside to teach 🦙 to read shakespeare
    Thems some fightin words right there. Don’t you talk smack about the Shakespeare.

    “Whiles I am a beggar, I will rail and say there is no sin but to be rich; and being rich, my virtue then shall be to say there is no vice but beggary.”
    —Bastard, The Life and Death of King John, Act 2 Scene 1

      1. The death penalty was voted on and approved in 1984 and in 2011 the governor declared a “moratorium” that has stood ever since. Our idiot leadership pick and choose what laws/statutes are enforced not based on the people’s choice, but by their beliefs and ideology.

    1. Im sure the Native Americans might say the same about the rest of us. You willing to pack up and get on the first plane back to Europe?

      1. There is a big difference from someone coming into America from south of the border TODAY compared to people living in America because of their ancestors decisions centuries ago. People have fought over land for thousands of years and I don’t hear you gripe about that. I suppose if I traced a murderer from the 1800s in your family line that didn’t serve punishment, then you should be held responsible for that crime and go to jail. Based on your logic, that seems appropriate.

          1. Huh? You are sidestepping the question. The difference is that Europeans defeated the Natives. They did it fair and square in terms of military force. Just like every other country in history. Today, folks are running across the border and the US has no clue who they are. Would you feel better if a Columbian with three kids smuggled drugs and whatever else across the border in the name of “diversity”???. You constantly spew woke BS that doesn’t help anything.

          2. Yesterday is a done deal that we can’t change anymore. But it sounds like you are against the idea with white people but for it with brown? Does that go for today also?

    1. Umm.. let’s see here: “Oregon was the first state in the nation to become a sanctuary state in 1987, when legislation passed with bipartisan support.” A little bit of reading comprehension skills goes a long ways. You do know what bipartisan means… right? Thems sum smart folx wees delin’ with dees dayz ma frends.

    2. Build back better, affordable care act, child welfare, food stamps, . Which party votes for improving social services across the country and which party tanks these popular and needed social services?

  4. proud_deplorable says:
    More proof that demonrats DO NOT care about CITIZENS of this country. Demonrats only want your money
    It’s a good thing that Rebuplicons don’t care about money. Oh, wait…

  5. That’s right the state of Oregon “leadership” just has to keep people doing illegal things safe from law enforcement. How else are they going to get their votes?

  6. I wish the Feds would come in and arrest the Oregon Attorney General and Governor for breaking Federal Law. That would send a message.

  7. I just came back into the country after a two week vacation abroad. Even though I have a US passport, I was amazed at how much detail the heavily accented border agent went through to let me back in. Questions like “How much money do you have? and What did you buy? Where did you go? I had a customs form with some of the information on it, but I guess he was looking to trip me up. I certified that I was carrying less than $10,000 in currency, but to ask me exactly how much money I had? Unfortunately, for all you guys, they finally let me back in.

  8. And would be extremely easy for those with an axe to grind against law enforcement to make accusations that would end up with police officers put on lengthy administrative leave pending investigations. One could also see political figures being accused on this “snitch” line. Others could easily install auto dialers to jam up the 1-800 line, so not sure how effect what could essentially a witch hunt to take place.

  9. ‘Oregon State Trooper accused of racial profiling, misconduct’
    I doubt this trooper is not an anomaly, more like a symptom of a culture. It’s like soldiers that go rogue and commit war crimes, it’s often due to a culture of permissiveness and a lack of oversight. They prey on people with impunity because they feel so safe in doing so, after all, homing many people were profiled and target by this one trooper alone, and for how many years had he been doing it? And this is why we need victim hotlines, because we can count on the police NOT to police themselves. No matter how grievous or discriminatory their actions… they play for the same team and that team has an unspoken code by which they operate. The number one code of which is… you cover me and I cover you, no matter what. If if you don’t cover for your fellow officers you are ostracized or worse, threatened or harassed yourself. That’s how the Blue Wall of Silence works.

    1. Are you assuming he is guilty of the lawsuit’s allegations? Isn’t that what the court system is all about?
      And I guess it’s hard to prove OR disprove such sweeping generalizations. But those who believe the worst about our law enforcement, govt. workers/officials etc. – easy to paint such an overstatement and get nods of heads.
      Hopefully most people don’t buy it and look at individual situations.

  10. ‘ACLU Louisiana Lawsuit Alleges History of Police Brutality’
    Same thing plays out throughout the country, countless lawsuits and mountains of evidence both factual and anecdotal prove that this is an industry rife with abuse and poor leadership. Is every single precinct or department guilty of such? No, but if many would have it their way, it would require overly damning evidence and countless decades no less to prove what we already know, this sector of government is in need of massive reforms. You make note of my sweeping generalizations, but make no mistake, these are not my own generalizations, these are the cold, hard realities that countless lawyers and experts within the field have arrived at on their own. I think there’s enough evidence both past and present to warrant at the very least a deep dive into this government industry, its practices and if found legitimate, its shortcomings. And instead of putting the proverbial ban-aid on a gusher, perhaps we ought to actually, finally do something about it. This wrist slapping and enabling we have been doing to save egos and careers of wrongdoers isn’t cutting it anymore. Time to get serious, it’s been long past that time.

    1. “Oregon attorney general announces statewide launch of ‘Sanctuary Promise Hotline’”
      It’s amazing with all the things that are wrong with this Sanctuary issue, that you pick the side of law enforcement as “the problem”. Where are your priorities? There are way too many negative side effects with this issue other than a few bad apples with law enforcement.

    2. “mountains of evidence both factual and anecdotal prove that this is an industry rife with abuse and poor leadership.”

      What about the White House Administration ignoring the massive illegals crossing the border which includes, gang members, drug runners, human traffickers, cartel, murderers, rapists and anyone who wants to enter?
      It is illegal to cross into our country without applying to become a citizen or seeking asylum!
      Millions of people have come here LEGALLY and assimilated with our country becoming a part of our society and a role in our Republic Democracy!
      Why do we look at laws and those who enforce laws without looking at our corrupt government blatantly doing unlawful, destructive and divisive actions with no accountability?
      Maybe if we hold them accountable then we can find justice for all?!

  11. ‘Former Chicago cop who blew the whistle on Sgt. Ronald Watts shares story on CBS series: ‘Someone was trying to kill me.”
    “Around the edges, they had sliced (the tires) enough that it would blow,” Spalding says on the Season 2 premiere of “Whistleblower,” a CBS series that features people who expose corruption or wrongdoing. “Someone was trying to kill me. When I signed up for this job, I knew I might have to lay my life down, but I never thought I’d have to worry about it being a fellow officer doing that to me.”
    Spalding and her partner at the time, Daniel Echeverria, filed a federal lawsuit in 2012, alleging that their supervisors told them to “disregard” the wrongdoing and blackballed them. The lawsuit was eventually settled for $2 million, which kept former Mayor Rahm Emanuel from testifying in open court on a Police Department code of silence.
    “Another incident, another supervisor from the same unit said, ‘There are command officers that are so angry with you that you better be careful coming and going from your personal car when you report and leave from the police station or the unit. Wear your vest because they can shoot you from across the parking lot. They will.’”
    “Spalding and Echeverria worked undercover with the FBI investigating public housing officers charged with shaking down drug dealers and planting evidence.”

    1. What are you trying to prove? Whose minds are you trying to change and why? What realistically are you saying we need to do? Do you understand why many good officers are retiring early or moving on because people believe these anecdotal cases speak to what they do on the job?

      1. You need to put Lewnie back on your limited word count system- delay his posts for hours (till the end of the day)- and limit this guy to one handle only. There ya go- a real solution to what ails this site.

    1. And one could sit here all evening posting as many news articles where illegal aliens have been deported for violent crimes and snuck back into this country to again commit crimes; especially against women and in communities of color. The dots are clearly there for the puzzle. That massive, and too many times destructive, protests in 2020 lead to political leaders making short term decisions that allowed a level of mob mentality to exist on the streets that 1) hand-cuffed law enforcement from protecting people and property (look at deaths in the zone in Seattle or protestors killed on I-5 in Seattle because political leaders stop law enforcement from basic security and safety enforcement ; 2) led to large scale retirements and transfers of police officers that are creating shortages especially in cities with large communities of color that are seeing massive jumps in homicides and other violent crime and 3) set the seeds in far right groups that if the “progressives” can protest violently without any real consequences, thus so can we (which culminated in January 6th). But please look at the historical records of how excesses by the political left in Germany in 1919 or Spain in 1937 including politically motivated murders of political opponents led to the inevitable reaction to find a political center that we see in the those nations.

  12. Barney Lerten says:
    What are you trying to prove? Whose minds are you trying to change and why? What realistically are you saying we need to do? Do you understand why many good officers are retiring early or moving on because people believe these anecdotal cases speak to what they do on the job?
    I’m not so naive I believe we can do without police. I’m also not so partisan that I believe most or the majority of police are corrupt or ‘bad people.’ However, given the enormous powers, not least of which is the power over life and death, I believe we should much higher expectations of our police and thus they should be held accountable when they do wrong. The system as it stands though is broken and while I acknowledge the industries struggles to recruit and retain police officers, that does not address the main issue at hand – how the public can feel better about the people who are policing them and a system of accountability when the public feels they are getting away with too much. For one, I believe police officers should require 4-year college training just like other comparable industries, however, nowhere else in country do we give such enormous responsibilities and thus discretion to so lightly experienced and trained individuals. Thus we should incentivize policing by raising substantially amount they are paid, but at the same time making that pay contingent on performance and adherence to a highly demanding industry that requires strict adherence to professional codes of conduct and performance markers. If you can’t make muster, then you should not get paid the big bucks. I also think police unions across the country act in bad faith and protect bad behavior by their members. Therefore independent investigative and administrative bodies would be better suited to this task, not the system we currently have of police policing their own. It doesn’t work in policing nor anywhere else, and thus expecting good results from self-policing is foolhardy.

    1. Such bodies have been created, with varying degrees of oversight and power. But it’s naive to think we can divorce the politics from all this. We need law enforcement. So how to set the bar high enough and still do what needs to be done… anyway, explaining yourself a bit helps. Just the endless anecdotal trashing corrodes the trust we need to have. Push for reforms, raise the pay, etc? Sure, but this isn’t the way to achieve it.

  13. Americans last. Remember. Every illegal alien takes the resources of an American. All you progressives who lament affordable housing, crummy schools, homelessness, poor medical care, have chosen to give it to an illegal alien over the American citizen who needs those same resources. Joe Biden anticipates 18,000 illegal aliens per day. Where will they live, where will they be educated, where will they get their free medical care? It will all be at the expense of the needy Americans you progressives pretend to care about.

      1. no they don’t. I would suggest that if you really looked into it you would find a high % of the farm workers have work visas which makes them legal. Just because they are the same color and speak the same language does not make all of them illegals.

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