PORTLAND, OR (AP) - Oregon voters have rejected a measure that would have repealed the state’s immigrant sanctuary law.
The Associated Press reported Measure 105 was defeated Tuesday night.
Oregon became America's first sanctuary state when it adopted a law in 1987 preventing law enforcement from detaining people who are in the United States illegally but have not broken other laws.
Supporters of Measure 105, the repeal measure, said the law shields people who have committed crimes from potential deportation.
Those who back the sanctuary law say it was passed to address racial profiling.
The measure split law enforcement during the campaign.
Early returns showed the measure was being soundly defeated, 63 percent to 37 percent.
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