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The chief executives of Nike and Columbia Sportswear, two of the biggest companies in the state, have each written personally to express their opposition to an initiative that would repeal Oregon's sanctuary state law.
Each submitted statements of opposition to the Oregon Voters' Pamphlet to Measure 105, which would strike down the 30-year-old Oregon law. It prohibits state and local law enforcement from using public resources to detect or apprehend people whose only violation of the law is their immigration status.
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Nike and Columbia Sportswear, among other companies, had previously expressed opposition to the measure. In the newly released pamphlet, each company's CEO took the unusual step of explaining his stance.
"Nike employs people from all over the world; we can attest to the unique value, contributions, and innovations that people from diverse backgrounds add to Nike and to Oregon's culture and economy," wrote CEO Mark Parker. "Ending Oregon's sanctuary law will damage Oregon's long-standing track record as a place that attracts diverse talent from across the globe."
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