Groups File Brief In NORCOR/ICE Appeal
A number of Gorge-based groups have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of two groups appealing a judge’s ruling that the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility could continue with its contract to detain immigration detainees. Gorge Ecumenical Ministries, Gorge ICE Resistance, Hood River Latino Network, NORCOR Community Resources Coalition, and the Rural Organizing Project say in the brief that NORCOR’s contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement blurs the line between local law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement, places an unnecessary burden on local resources, and makes many in the community hesitant to ask the police for help. The appeal claims NORCOR is violating a 32-year-old state law prohibiting local law enforcement from participating in federal immigration enforcement. Innovation Law Lab and Oregon Law Center are appealing the judge’s decision made in April that found certain practices by NORCOR were unlawful, but the contract with ICE could continue.