Immigration-reformers seek state of emergency
A state immigration-reform group wants Kulongoski to follow the lead of the Arizona and New Mexico governors who recently declared states of emergency in counties along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Anna Richter Taylor, a spokeswoman for the governor's office, said the letter had not arrived at the Capitol as of Thursday, but she said she was not aware of plans to declare a state of emergency.
"This is something that's not on the governor's mind right now," Taylor said. "It's not something that I'm aware of as an issue."
Oregon officials said their responsibility is to reach workers, not to investigate how they got to be workers in Oregon, which is a federal issue.
Bank robbery and kidnapping are also federal issues, are Oregon officials not concerned about these crimes?
Enforcing workplace-safety and wage-and-hour laws is a state responsibility, he said.
"These kinds of things are not dependent on a resident's immigration status," Corson said. "Beyond that, we feel it's important to reach out to that population because they're there. They're in the workplace."
Uh, Mr. Corson, they are dependent on a resident's immigration status. Illegal aliens are NOT allowed to work in America. See About Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification