Trump Might Need an Immigration Attorney to Visit Portland

January 20, 2016 9:13 am
by David Jakeman

The year 2015 featured one of the most tumultuous starts to a Republican Primary competition we have ever seen. Riding the wave of populist dissatisfaction was reality TV star and business mogul Donald Trump. While many thought Trump’s appeal would eventually wane, that has not been the case. And it appears that Trump can say whatever he wants without doing any lasting damage to his campaign.

Portland City Council Resolution

Portland immigration attorneys know that the number of Trump supporters in their city is likely much smaller than in other parts of the country. It came as little surprise that the Portland City Council was toying with the idea of passing an anti-Trump resolution. Given Trump’s bombastic opinions as of late, it’s not surprising that many want to send a message that Trump’s opinions are not representative of the rest of the country.

Portland officials eventually backed down under advice from the Secretary of State’s Office, who told the council that using a resolution that had been prepared by staff members could violate state election law, which prohibits public employees from being paid to support or oppose political candidates. There might have been a workaround for this law, which was the fact that Trump is still not technically a candidate in Oregon, having not filed. But the Oregon Secretary of State was uncomfortable saying that Trump was not a candidate. And honestly, Trump is one of the most well known presidential candidates we’ve had in a long time.

Revised Portland Resolution

The Portland City Council shifted their approach and passed a resolution expressing support for Muslim and immigrant communities. The resolution is a more roundabout way of tackling Trump’s comments calling for banning all Muslims from entering the country. The Portland resolution takes aim at hate speech and welcomes all immigrants and refugees.

Muslim communities across the country have faced great scrutiny as a result of the recent shooting in San Bernardino, California, as well as the Islamic State linked attacks in Paris. The Muslim community in Portland numbers 20,000, and the Portland resolution was also an effort to make sure they felt comfortable.1 Portland immigration attorneys know that their city can be a good place for immigrants to try to make it in a new country. Its’ safe and clean environment make it a much better place than others to be.

Ultimately, it was probably smart of the Portland City Council to back down on their initial idea of banning Trump from visiting their city. Not only were there significant legal challenges that could have been used against such measures, but the resolution would have done little to quell the support that Trump draws from his constituent base. If anything, it could have actually increased Trump’s support, making it seem as if blue America was out to get Trump at all costs, even if it meant breaking state election law. It’s been quite the whirlwind in 2015. We’ll have to see whether 2016 holds the same.

1 http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/dec/16/state-election-law-trumps-portland-anti-donald-res/?page=all

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