On March 13, 2017 the Eugene City Council unanimously passed the Protection for Individuals Ordinance (Council Ordinance Number 20579). This ordinance provides certain protections for all Eugene residents, including immigrants. This action puts provisions of an existing state law into City Code preventing the use of City resources (moneys, equipment or personnel) to detect or apprehend individuals whose only violation of the law is that they are present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws. While modeled after the state law, this Eugene City Ordinance is not dependent on the state law existing.
Support for refugees
On May 23, 2016, the Eugene City Council unanimously passed a resolution declaring the City of Eugene’s commitment in protecting refugees and celebrating the contributions of refugees to their new communities in the United States. Resolution 5154 affirms the City of Eugene's duty, and encourages its willingness, to serve as a place of refuge for refugees from around the world and to welcome them as respected and valued members of our community. The City Council urges other local government jurisdictions, local businesses, and charitable organizations to provide shelter, sustenance, and other services for refugee families relocating to and integrating into our community.