An east Oregon town has decided against 'sanctuary city' status

Moina Shaiq holds a sign at a rally outside of City Hall in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. President Donald Trump moved aggressively to tighten the nation's immigration controls Wednesday, signing executive actions to jumpstart construction of his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall and cut federal grants for immigrant-protecting "sanctuary cities." (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- A city in Eastern Oregon has declined to become a sanctuary city.

The East Oregonian newspaper reports that a resident asked the Pendleton City Council to adopt an American Civil Liberties Union-endorsed list of nine policies and rules that limited local police cooperation with federal immigration enforcement.

Councilman Scott Fairley expressed support, but his motion to adopt the policies failed from a lack of a second.

Police Chief Stuart Roberts told the council that Pendleton -- because of state law -- already practices many of the policies and rules listed by the ACLU.

Roberts said an exception was a rule that would require immigration enforcement agents to wear duty jackets and make their badges visible at all times while in city facilities.


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