At a time when immigration is a sizzling political issue, Gov. Ted Kulongoski has ordered state agencies not to participate in the Mexican Consulate's information events.
Kulongoski says he made the decision because the events are not open to all. But the reversal of his previous support for the consulate's gatherings is causing critics to accuse the governor of a politically motivated flip-flop.
Not everyone agrees with the decision.
Labor Commissioner Dan Gardner says the Bureau of Labor and Industries will send a representative to today's Carousel in Medford. The bureau falls under Gardner's authority as an elected state official and not under the governor's office.
Gardner said it is not his agency's job to assess someone's immigration status.
DAN V GARDNERBOLI, Portland (971) 673-0763
Dan Garner joins the Hillsboro Police Chief, Judge Price, Kulongoski and many others now shamefully attached to my version of the Mexican flag.
But other than his boneheaded move we have another pretty solid victory under our belt. But there is more work to be done. While they are retreating we need to be chasing after them! Don't let this lull you into thinking that we can let up the pressure, remember, the status quo is that criminal aliens can still come here, still get drivers licenses, still get social services, still get jobs and much much more!
Some background links:
Kulongoski letter in support of the Carousels (from January 31, 2006)
Previous Protest that got results
I would repeat my call from that last link that you email Mexican consul Fernando Sanchez Ugarte (put his name in the subject line) and simply put this in the email body (he'll know what it means): "No Carousel? Daniel told you so."