On the Lars Larson Show, Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley said that Oregon should consider following Arizona's lead - and adopting a law that would have local law enforcement enforce federal immigration laws, based on "reasonable suspicion" (whatever that means).
The transcript, courtesy of the DPO:
Lars Larson: Except that Chris all your solutions are about the federal government doing the job, what about doing what Arizona is doing which is just saying that when the cops run into somebody that they think that they have reasonable suspicion to believe is illegal should they – should they confirm that – or you know find out whether the person is or not – and then take them into custody or not?
Chris Dudley: If they have reasonable suspicion, and I think that is probably the key word here, is uh, then I think they should be able to, to look into that –um – and I and that’s uh – it’ll be int – obviously the –courts are gonna take a look at how the Arizona law has been written. I –uh - have looked at it, but the courts will decide whether it’s uh constitutionally uh um uh whether it works in that regard and if it does I think it’s uh- it’s something that we could look at uh, obviously we don’t have quite the same uh –problems that Arizona does with-with the border – um that is we don’t have a border – but we do have a problem with illegal immigrants and we need to look at solutions there. And I think that as a state we need to look at making sure that all the laws are enforced, I also think we need to look into technology um-and I think a uh uh prime – uh uh – prime uh source there would be businesses being able to determine whether their uh employees are legal or illegal and I simply think we should look into areas such as E–verify uh and in in order to get a get a hold of this problem.
John Lim told the Oregonian that he supports the Arizona law.
But Allen Alley, who earned the endorsement of the right-wing Oregonians for Immigration Reform, says he doesn't support the Arizona law:
Last week, Alley was endorsed by Oregonians for Immigration Reform because he backs forcing employers to take more steps to check the immigration status of new hires. But he was also the only GOP candidate at a recent debate willing to speak out against the controversial Arizona law requiring local police to enforce immigration laws.