Straw Poll: Oregonians want Arizona’s immigration policy

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

A straw poll of over 335 Oregon taxpayer activist voters were asked whether Oregon should adopt an Arizona-type immigration policy. In one of the highest levels of support on any issue presented in our straw polls to date, the voters overwhelmingly said “yes”.  (318 yes, 17 no)

How likely are we to see some of these changes in Oregon? Well, Representative Kim Thatcher, for one, has several bills that she is sponsoring to effect some change. The opposition to her bills see them as “legislation that mirrors the extreme policies of Arizona’s SB1070“. She sees them as part of the “heavy lifting” that needs to get done this year. 

Among the bills sponsored by Rep. Kim Thatcher, are:

HB2802 which let’s law enforcement check immigration status if criminal activity is suspected and implements other provisions similar to the Arizona Law.

HB 2805 which denies state benefits, licenses and other programs to those without legal presence, and

HB2806 which would required public and private employers to use e-verify to confirm legal status.

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  • Rupert in Springfield

    You know, generally I agree with the Taxpayer Association of Oregon, their acronym being, appropriately, TAO. However there is something a tiny bit silly about TAO polling its members and acting like the results are news.

    I mean seriously, wouldn’t we all think it a little ridiculous if we continually saw polls “A poll of environmental activists by the Sierra Club finds 95% want government health care”…..”Oregonians think state employees overworked underpaid new poll of AFSCME shows”

    • Anon

      I came to the comments prepared to say the exact thing – you beat me to it. I would love to see a Rasmussen poll of likely Oregon voters on these topics instead.

    • valley person

      Very good Rupert. You save me the trouble.

    • oregonnative

      Type your comment here. It does not matter about who does the poll. Do YOU wish Immigration Reform or Not ?

    • Scatcatpdx

      So ture if they asked a cross section of the population, the result would be diffrent. it shows to me Taxpayer Association of Oregon voter have stong populist tendicies; sothing I do not agree with and will no longer suport TAO.

    • Pacific Patriot

      If you don’t like these poll results, please allow me to speak for the majority of Oregonians I have come across. For the last 2 years, the hottest topic brought up at every Townhall, or similar public event I’ve attended (and there have been many), for Republican, Democrat, Non-Partisan, and Bi-Partisan candidates and elected representatives, has been Illegal Immigration.

      The topic receives the greatest number of questions, the greatest amount of applause, and takes up the greatest amount of time at every one of these events. The only topics close to it have been the Healthcare debate, the tax & spend debate, and the education debate. (All of these issues are related to Constitutional guidelines and freedoms, so I guess you could wrap up all of the above into Liberty as a single topic).

      There are people in Oregon from all walks of life, with all kinds of perspectives on the illegal immigration issue, but in my personal poll, I would say about 95% of them are not in favor if illegal immigration, and support strict enforcement of our immigration laws and protection of our borders and sovereignty.

      From what I’ve seen and heard from a cross section of people across the State, I hope that helps with your conflict.

      • valley person

        Interesting. I get out a lot, get into many political discussions with all sorts of people, and can hardly recall a time when anyone has even brought that topic (illegal immigration) up. Your personal poll is pretty far off from what national polls say about this, so I imagine we are either talking to way different people, or with due respect, you are hearing what you want to hear.

        And by the way, illegal immigration is way down, and deportations way up, since Obama was elected.

      • valley person

        Interesting. I get out a lot, get into many political discussions with all sorts of people, and can hardly recall a time when anyone has even brought that topic (illegal immigration) up. Your personal poll is pretty far off from what national polls say about this, so I imagine we are either talking to way different people, or with due respect, you are hearing what you want to hear.

        And by the way, illegal immigration is way down, and deportations way up, since Obama was elected.

      • valley person

        Interesting. I get out a lot, get into many political discussions with all sorts of people, and can hardly recall a time when anyone has even brought that topic (illegal immigration) up. Your personal poll is pretty far off from what national polls say about this, so I imagine we are either talking to way different people, or with due respect, you are hearing what you want to hear.

        And by the way, illegal immigration is way down, and deportations way up, since Obama was elected.

        • U R a Lib Dummy

          Well Valley Person, the simple fact remains that at least 10 million of these ILLEGALS stiill live within the USA. And they aren’t leaving anytime soon – no matter what the usual bobbleheads in Washington tell you.
          And worst of all, public officials in Oregon continue to sit on their hands when it comes to doing anything about these ILLEGALS. As the spouse of a DHS caseworker, I can tell you that numerous people in DHS do little or nothing to verify citizenship and residence status for various DHS programs. And DHS management; in their desire to “grow” various welfare programs, spends minimal amounts of money on investigations of fraud and illegal benefits.

          • valley person

            All of that may be true, but what I said is also true.

      • valley person

        Interesting. I get out a lot, get into many political discussions with all sorts of people, and can hardly recall a time when anyone has even brought that topic (illegal immigration) up. Your personal poll is pretty far off from what national polls say about this, so I imagine we are either talking to way different people, or with due respect, you are hearing what you want to hear.

        And by the way, illegal immigration is way down, and deportations way up, since Obama was elected.

  • Anonymous

    Dis is how vee like it in my mother land… Pravda is The Truth. It deepends how vee manufacture dis Pravda.

    Much like Obama’s press here. Comrade Obama has control of dee press here, and they obey him like Russia press obeys Putin. Good Comrades all around.

  • Notfromhere

    I hope poll is flaw. I am not here legally, but am getting much in help. I tell all in other area. If I sent back to Armenia, I die from no food or shelter. Here I live like king for free.
    I am telling all back home to get here soon. I think wonderful to be here. Thank to all Oregon peoples.

    • Pacific Patriot

      “Here I live like king for free”

      Nobody lives like here for free, and definitely NOT like a king! You are why these laws are necessary.

      • Notfromhere

        compare to Armenia is like king. No matter what you say. King, do you hear me?

  • conservatively speaking

    “Give me your tired, your SPOOR,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

    Yo! So we can say yippee skippee to t’ousands and t’ousands of immigration law breakers?
    Ha! Common sensors say naught!

    Best they do their entry the rightful, albeit lawful way – and, for US to cull the (expletive deleted) onslaught.

    Selah.

  • Hapypacy

    So with Rupert & Anon’s thinking, I guess CNN shouldn’t do a poll of their listeners, nor should FOX or MSNBC. They should only use polls done by Rasmussen and the like. I think it’s important for organizations to poll their respective listeners. All perspectives should be valuable, especially to those politicians who actually think listening to the people they represent is important.

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