Struggle Over Sanctuary

800px-New_Oregon_welcome_sign_(5136383424)The idea of sanctuary has deep roots in American history. The Underground Railroad of the 19th century and the Sanctuary Movement of the 1980s, which sought to protect people fleeing violence in Central America, are just two examples. Sanctuary has now become a flashpoint in the larger debate over immigration.

In the wake of threats of federal action to withhold funding, the City of Corvallis and Oregon State University have reaffirmed their intention to not voluntarily cooperate with federal immigration officials. State law prohibits the use of state resources for detecting or apprehending people on the basis of immigration status.

At the February 14 City Club of Corvallis meeting, representatives of the City of Corvallis, Corvallis School District and Oregon State University will discuss their perspectives on sanctuary. They include Biff Traber, mayor of Corvallis; Ryan Noss, superintendent of District 509; Alexis McQuillan, chair of the Corvallis School Board; and Scott Vignos, JD, of the OSU Office of Diversity.

Doors will open at 11:30 at the Boys & Girls Club, 1112 NW Circle. The meeting is free and open to the public, and there will be plenty of time for the audience to ask questions. It will begin at 12 noon and conclude by 1:15. A catered lunch is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. To reserve lunch, send email to by Friday, February 11. You can also pay for lunch online with your credit card.

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