Columbia County Measure 5-190 (2008)
This measure was approved
- YES 13,631 (57.51%)
- NO 10,069 (42.49%)
Under 5-190, any employer in the county who is caught hiring illegal immigrants would be fined or shut down.
- The Columbia County Board of Commissioners must fine an employer that hires illegal immigrants $10,000 for a first violation.
- For a second violation, the board must seek to revoke the employer's business licenses and permits.
- The county must contact local police and federal immigration officials about suspected illegal workers.
- It must maintain a database of violations on its Web site and require all county employers use E-Verify, a free federal program that checks employment eligibility.
After 5-190 passed, a coalition of Columbia County business owners and voters represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Northwest Workers' Justice Project filed a lawsuit to block it.
In late January 2009, a Columbia County judge ordered that the new law not go into effect while he considers the issues raised in the lawsuit, which include the claims that the measure exceeds county powers, violates the single subject requirement of the Oregon Constitution and is pre-empted by state law.
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