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    Oregon Town Mulls Immigration Plan
    Immigration; Posted on: 2008-03-26 15:50:28 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    Willamina may target illegal immigrants

    Threat and Response

    At a special council meeting called for 7 p.m. Thursday at city hall, Willamina will consider declaring itself an "illegal alien free zone," serving as a warning to those without legal papers that they aren't welcome.

    Councilor Paul Delaney broached the idea at the council's March 13 meeting. The council voted 4-2 to convene a special meeting for that purpose, with the majority consisting of Delaney, Vernon Mosser, Daron Pond and Lewis Younger, the minority of Pat Howell and Kevin Nortness.

    Delaney doesn't hold out much hope of success, despite the show of support for a special session,

    "I don't think it would ever pass, but I want to open the discussion," he said. "I'm not on the council to be liked. I'm there to look out for what's best for the safety of the citizens of my community."

    Willamina contracts with the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office for law enforcement services. Delaney said he thinks deputies should have the authority to check anyone they come into contact on patrol to see if they are in the United States legally.

    "If they're illegal, they could be bringing drugs over the border," Delaney said, "and I have kids.

    "They could be rapists. They could be child molesters. I don't want them living in my town.

    "We are a country of moral values. People who are living here illegally and don't have moral values, I want them checked out."

    News Source: newsregister.com


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