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Oregon immigrant driver’s license law opponents get creative

By   /   August 27, 2013  /   13 Comments

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Photo by Cynthia KendollSIGN HERE: Volunteers collect signatures for a referendum to overturn a law giving undocumented immigrants driver’s licenses

By Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog

Faced with collecting 58,000 signatures by Oct. 4, opponents of a new Oregon law that gives driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants and others who cannot prove they are living here legally are sharpening their tactics.

From a drive-through petition drive on Friday to a booth at the Oregon State Fair through Sept. 2, advocates are seeking the thousands of valid signatures needed for a referendum that would challenge a new state law that gives “driver privilege cards” to those who do not have the documents required to get a driver’s license. The driver’s card will be restricted from being used for identification or voting.

But advocates with Oregonians  for Immigration Reform say the new law, which goes into effect in January, is a way for people living here illegally to get a driver’s license.

Jim Ludwick, communications director for the group, also said despite the restriction, he believes the cards will be used for identification and put into the hands of criminals.

Ludwick wouldn’t say how many signatures the group has collected so far. State law requires them to get more than 58,000 valid signatures within 90 days of the end of the legislative session (July 8) to get to referendum, which would let voters decide if the driver’s cards should be handed out, on the November 2014 ballot.

Ludwick said he’s confident they can do it.

“We have people who come see us and before I can say a word they grab the pen out of my hand and they want to sign,” he said.

State Rep. Sal Esquivel, R-Medford, is expected to make an appearance at the Oregon State Fair booth on Friday. Esquivel was a strong opponent of the legislation, Senate Bill 833, when it made its way through the Legislature.

LICENSES FOR ALL: Gov. John Kitzhaber sings a law in May that gives driver's license to undocumented immigrants

LICENSES FOR ALL: Gov. John Kitzhaber sings a law in May that gives driver’s license to undocumented immigrants

Gov. John Kitzhaber pushed for the bill and signed it with fanfare on May Day.

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Shelby Sebens

  • http://bit.ly/13skmqS Forums4Justice

    NO To overturn SB833, the bill giving state-issued ID to illegal aliens in the form of driver privilege cards, Go to http://www.ProtectOregonDL.org and sign the petition today!

  • http://bit.ly/13skmqS Forums4Justice
  • Jean Nelson

    What part of illegal do people not understand

  • illegals must go

    It’s bad when illegals can get so much help. But how much help can a regular guy who live here legally get? F’N rediculous.

  • Latino

    illegals must go, first of all you need to learn to spell. Are you trying to spell ridiculous? And to what help are you alluding? Be more specific, you racist moron.

  • latino

    racist asshole

  • PDXBimmerboy

    Jean, that is such an overused statement, why don’t you try and come up with something a bit more original? And unless you are 100% Native American and carry a census card, your ancestors came here as immigrants as well. And it was when it was a lot easier to immigrate to this country. Why not use your brain and realize that uninsured motorists are a threat to everyone on the road and come January they will be able to get insured which will make the roads safer for all of us.

  • UNDOCUMENTED

    ILLEGALS ARE NOT GOING NOWHERE…SO DEAL WITH US SINCE IF WE CAN BECOME LEGAL,WE WOULD,BUT SOME OF US HAVE NO FAULT AND ARE TRYING TO BTTER OUR LIVES.NOW ANY CRIMINAL WITH A EXTENSIVE RECOD SHOULD BE BANNED FROM STAYING IN THE US THAT I DO AGREE..BUT DUI’s AND ANY OF THAT SORT SHOULD BE WORKED WITH SINCE NOBODU IS PERFECT.

  • Justice

    I agree with Jean Nelson, from everyone else opposing his
    opinion I have yet to see any substantial argument to the contrary. Just a lot
    of anger and accusations of being a “racist”, seems to me you’re the one full
    of hate. Did Jean mention anything about race? He simply said illegal is illegal,
    that is not a complex statement. Uninsured motorists are a problem but do you
    think they’re will be a sudden increase of insured motorists if they simply
    have a license? I don’t know about you guys but I’ve been hit by and heard of
    plenty of “legal” citizens who aren’t insured. Solving an illegal problem by
    making something else legal is an idiotic solution. Choosing to drive illegally
    now is a choice they are making, you think the vast majority will make a different
    choice and get insurance when they already blatantly ignore the law? What would
    you chose? If you had little money and had to make a choice between a known source of a problem like paying for food vs. a slim chance something “may” happen and you just might need car insurance? Explain that line of logic to me please?

  • Justice

    You clearly have no thought pattern past the new age socialist agendas going around. You pass off insults about using your brain yet you have not an ounce of critical thinking yourself in this post. Legal driving = insurance? So the government is handing out free car insurance now? Where will they get this magic insurance you speak of? Your logic is nothing but a slippery slope where one thing automatically leads to another. Please stand up and learn to think past what others pass off as logic. Learn to think critically rather than assume you are a new age educated individual like sheep to the slaughter. You mention overused statement? Your thoughts are regurgitated none sense to push agendas utilizing social psychology, so who’s statements are overused?

  • Weary of illegals

    Illegals suck no matter what law they are breaking. I moved to Oregon and HAD TO PROVE I was a legal citizen and had to pay for a certified birth certificate

  • Weary of illegals

    Our gov that is run by corporate billionaires want hiSPanIC slaves to exploit. When will they learn and go back to their countries and embrace their heritage instead of destroying ours. The 1788 page immigrant reform bill is a joke. Do they really think the illegals can understand the consequences if they accept it. My bet that zero percent would even consider it and continue to live in the shadows protected by their billionaire slave masters and going nowhere with no future for them or any of their anchor babies. IMO

  • Proud Latino

    Okay so they suck because you lazy people don’t do the dirty work they do in the fields. I wonder what it would be like if all of the immigrants just up and left. See what you people would do without out them.