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In Wake Of Trump Executive Order, Oregon Governor Says State Will Protect 'Everyone'

File photo of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown
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File photo of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said it's not clear what effect President Trump's executive order on sanctuary cities will have on state government. But the Democrat said she's committed to protecting the human rights of undocumented Oregonians.

Trump's order directs the U.S. government to withhold federal funding from so-called "sanctuary cities," including Portland. Those are places with policies to shield people in the country illegally from being deported.

In a statement, Brown said her staff is studying the order to figure out what impact it would have on Oregonians. Brown noted that state agencies are prohibited from using taxpayer dollars to "treat undocumented Oregonians as criminals."

Brown said she's committed to upholding that law and protecting the human and civil rights of everyone in the state.

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Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.