Today, we're commemorating World Refugee Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of the plight of refugees worldwide.
With an unprecedented number of people across the globe displaced from their homes due to war, pandemic, natural disasters, violence, and more, we have a moral duty to show up for our refugee communities.
As we pressure the Biden Administration to fix our broken immigration system and increase the number of refugees let into our country, Oregon, as a sanctuary state, must be fully prepared to assist our communities as we navigate these new stages and challenges in our lives. We hope the funding and passage of these bills will be a step in the right direction:
HB 3230 – Universal Representation: Seeks to provide legal counsel on immigration matters to immigrant Oregonians, prioritizing people facing deportation.
HB 3265 – Sanctuary Promise Act: Strengthens and clarifies Oregon's existing sanctuary laws, prohibiting local law enforcement and other public entities from sharing information or assisting with federal immigration enforcement.
HB 2819 – No Worker Left Behind: Ends the exclusion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to Oregonians who use Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) to file taxes so that 90,000 U.S. citizens living in mixed-status households in Oregon will benefit from the EITC - with 95% of the benefits going to households with children.
SB 718 – Welcoming Refugees: Increases access to health, employment, financial, education, and housing supports for refugees, asylees, and survivors of human trafficking in the Portland area and Ontario, and expand these services to Salem, Lane County and elsewhere.
SB 778 – Office of Immigrant and Refugee Advancement: Creates an Office of Immigrant and Refugee Advancement within the office of the Governor to help advance immigrant and refugee integration and inclusion in Oregon.
Join us in taking action on World Refugee Day. Use the tool below to tell your Oregon legislators to pass these critical pieces of legislation!