The usual clucking immediately ensued. ("Immigration raid pushes Oregon into thick of fight," The Oregonian, June 13, 2007. For a covey of related articles, see the links here.)
"[Portland Mayor Tom] Potter expressed anger that families were swept up in the arrests, saying the raid stemmed from a failure of Bush and Congress to craft reforms that are fair and workable for employees and business.
"`I certainly understand why federal officials executed criminal warrants against three individuals who stole and sold Social Security numbers,` Potter said in a statement. `But to go after local workers who are here to support their families while filling the demands of local businesses for their labor is bad policy.`"
Like so many of our benighted public officials, Mayor Potter doesn`t seem to grasp that tackling illegal immigration when it`s still relatively small forestalls really big problems later. Or maybe he just figures he can get by with a kumbaya approach and leave the unpleasant duties for a successor.
You can ask him about it by email (email@example.com), or phone him at 503-823-4120, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pacific Time. If you just want to express an opinion using his 24-hour opinion line, try 503-823-4127 (rings about four times; messages can be up to two minutes long).