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Monday, October 29, 2012

Portland Mayoral Candidates meet with Portland Latinos

Portland Mayoral Candidates meet with Portland Latinos

Portland, Ore.-- On Saturday, Causa held an assembly at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church for the Portland Latino Community with Portland Mayoral Candidates Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith. According to the church office, over 150 adults and 75 children attended the assembly.

During the morning, a panel discussed issues important to the Latino Community and directed questions to both mayoral candidates. The issues discussed included:

• Drivers License access restoration for ALL Oregonians regardless of immigration status
• Permanent Legal Residency in the U.S.
• Naturalization Programs
• Tuition Equity and access to public schools and universities
• Paid Sick Days and wage theft
• Local Police Relationship with Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Both candidates took time to respond to each issue and both agreed to support Causa’s priorities regarding access to driver’s licenses, in-state tuition, naturalization programs, legalization for immigrants, paid sick days and ending local Portland police/ICE collaboration.

On the issue of tuition equity, Hales added that the Oregon State Board of Education needs to take a leadership role and pass a policy extending in-state tuition to children of immigrants brought to the United States as young children.

Among their statements to the group, both Smith and Hales also praised the work of Causa and said they would continue working with us on these issues and others for the future.

Towards the end of the event, the assembly had a surprise visit from Portland City Commissioner
Amanda Fritz. Fritz told those in attendance that before the end of the year, she would introduce an ordinance for paid sick days to the City of Portland.

Portlanders will have a chance to vote for the candidates on November 6th. Ballots have already gone out to Oregon Residents. If you are a registered voter and have not already received your ballot, please call the Oregon Secretary of State’s office at (866) 673-VOTE (8683).



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