Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today released the statement below responding to a U.S. Department of Justice letter
, and following threats by the White House administration to revoke Oregon's federal criminal justice funding:
"Oregon is a welcoming and inclusive place for all who call our state home. These values were affirmed some thirty years ago in state statute, which are in full compliance with federal law.
"Oregon's laws are in place to uphold the civil rights of all Oregonians, and the federal government cannot, under the U.S. Constitution, force state law enforcement officers to implement the policies of this administration. These threats by the White House administration to revoke funding to states and to local law enforcement agencies have already been ruled unconstitutional in two federal courts.
"As Governor, I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that the rights and values of all Oregonians are protected."