Multnomah County sheriff’s office reject the new ICE program

Voz and our allies in the Portland Immigrant’s Rights Coalition-PIRC have spent the last year urging the Multnomah County Sheriff’s office to reject their participation in the newest version of “Secure Communities,” now called the “Priority Enforcement Program” (PEP). We know that PEP is just another title for the same federal program, seeking to force local authorities to work with ICE to separate families through detention and deportation.

We are very happy to announce that the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office has officially and publicly written a letter announcing that they will not participate in PEP!

As a Voz supporter, you have played a major role in this victory.  Our work starts at the workers center on MLK, but it must not stop there.  Your support allows us to fight against oppressive policies like PEP, so that our community members can be safe in their pursuit of work and in their homes.  This is an exciting day, we invite you to celebrate this victory with us!

The full letter can be found on the MCSO website here.

Our job now is to share this letter and this news!  

The more people know about this, the greater the impact. 

  • We need our entire community to know they can report crimes without fear of ICE intervention.
  • We need this to happen in other counties across Oregon.
  • We need PEP to disappear in this country – and to be replaced by comprehensive immigration reform.
The work continues… let Oregon be just the beginning!