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House Speaker John Boehner is now promising to bring illegal alien amnesty legislation, disguised as "immigration reform," up for a vote as soon as the GOP primary deadlines for 2014 end. This means that amnesty will pass if we don't all work together with other like-minded groups to stir up strong challengers to the more than 30 GOP incumbents in the House whom we know support amnesty. Boehner and his fellow conspirators hope to lay low on immigration issues in the hope that no significant primary challengers will emerge against the 35 GOP amnesty supporters he must lead to vote with the Democrats to pass the unpopular bill!
Boehner is now promising to bring illegal alien amnesty legislation, disguised as "immigration reform," up for a vote as soon as the GOP primary deadlines for 2014 end. This means that amnesty will pass if we don't all work together with the Tea Party groups to stir up strong challengers to the more than 30 GOP incumbents in the House whom we know support amnesty.
He and other Republicans know that a large majority of Americans will hate the amnesty they pass in the same way the American public dislikes the passed Senate Amnesty bill 744, which many Americans only discovered was amnesty after it passed! Opposition to what Boehner and Obama want to do with immigration reform amnesty should exceed 80% levels in most GOP primaries, making incumbents who support the plan easy pickings for qualified GOP challengers.
Read what Boehner is planning after the new year.
Sometimes Oregon is really not so smart (the Oregon Legislature, that is). In their misplaced zeal to please certain businesses - those that take advantage of cheap, illegal labor and on the backs of Oregon tax payers, they passed SB 833 - a new law giving driver privilege cards to illegal aliens.
Legislators supporting this bill either didn't take the time to do their homework, or they simply didn't care about the consequences of such harmful legislation. One thing is for certain - the majority of the Oregon Legislature didn't want you - the Oregon voter - to find out what has happened in other states that have gone down this road.
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If it weren't so infuriating it might even make me laugh. It's the regular practice of "glossing over" the facts to make the case for wrong doing.
A recent case in point is the announcement by Oregon Association of Nurseries of their favorite six legislators who have helped them to game the system even further and all at the tax-payer's expense.
The six include three Republicans and three Democrats. They are Gov. John Kitzhaber (D), U.S. Rep Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon Fifth District), Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland), State Sen. Bill Hansell (R-Pendleton), State Sen. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River), and State Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario). These six elected officials took an oath of office to uphold the laws of the state and federal government. But, we'll gloss over that for now.
It's no secret that OAN is big business here in Oregon. It is clearly no secret, even to the casual observer, that OAN is apparently heavily invested in the use of an illegal work force. Hence their prominent position and support of SB 833 - the new law giving state issued ID in the form of driver privilege cards to illegal aliens. But, we'll gloss over that for now, too.
What is the real cost to Oregon's citizens, businesses and taxpayers?
One young man comes to Oregon illegally to work. He brings with him not only his pregnant wife and 3 children but the mind set that it's alright to break our immigration laws to come here and work. After all, we're going to give him a driver privilege card so it must be ok - right?
The nursery business gets the benefit of the one (cheap) illegal worker which may even be using a stolen identity (perhaps yours) to get hired. Or, the employer may knowingly hire an illegal worker making it easier for them to exploit or cheat him or even pay him under the table avoiding costly employer tax contributions. But, we'll gloss over that for now. as well.
The taxpayer, however, foots the bill for the rest of his family to the tune of one billion dollars in 2012 according to a recent report by FAIR. The children will be enrolled in public school (most likely in an expensive ELL program). And, once the baby is born (often referred to as an anchor baby) and at taxpayer expense, then the real bonanza begins. Benefits begin to flood to the family and they are now living on easy street compared to life in their home country. But, we'll gloss over that for now, too.
Actions by many in our state government send a loud and clear message that this is OK - Oregonians must want this kind of business model here in our state because we keep re-electing the people who pass this kind of legislation -right?
Businesses will lie, cheat, game the system and make a boatload of money on the backs of hard working, tax paying, honest citizens and even the unemployed get screwed while they pull it off. Our Legislature supports this - it's the American way, right? But, let's gloss over that, while we're at it.
It all makes me sick! I'm ashamed of our Governor and the Legislators that support SB 833. I'm sick of our elected officials working to make life easier for people willfully breaking our laws and businesses that capitalize on weak enforcement of our employment laws. I'm sick of government officials picking and choosing which laws to enforce and which to ignore for their own benefit. I'm sick of our elected officials GLOSSING OVER the hard facts in order to make life easier for people in our country illegally, all while thumbing their noses at honest, hardworking citizens.
I refuse to gloss over the facts about SB 833 and the real truth about giving driver cards to illegal aliens. I'm proud to be the Authorized Agent of Protect Oregon Driver Licenses and will work hard to get this insidious legislation overturned when it's on the ballot in November 2014. Let Oregon voters decide!
A recent drunk driving tragedy in Utah shines a light on the real public safety concern surrounding issuing driver privilege cards to illegal aliens here in Oregon.
Utah State Senator Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, desires to rid the state of the Driver Privilege Card because it is a failed experiment:
“’I think they’re a bad idea. We empower illegal aliens with the cards,’ Urquhart said. ‘My argument would be if they're here illegally, we shouldn’t give them a driver privilege card and they shouldn't be driving.’
Even though the cards were never intended to serve as legal identification, Urquhart said that’s how they’re being used. ‘This is a failed experiment,’ he said.” See http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705375502/Fingerprints-background-check-now-required-for-Utah-driver-privilege-card.html.
Driving privilege cards do not reduce hit and run accidents, either. Hit-and-run data from the Utah Highway Patrol shows the number of issued citations for the accidents doubled to 881 in 2011 from 447 in 2004.
David Cross, heard weekly on the Lars Larson radio show, has written a great opinion piece, published today in the Statesman, that lays out just how citizens were shut out of the legislative process regarding SB 833.
Even more important however, is how citizens actively responded to being shunned by our elected officials with the referendum petition that was recently verified with an impressive validity rate.
Hopefully, this sends a powerful message to those in the Legislature that choose to pander to illegal alien advocate groups, businesses that rely on illegal alien workers and other special interest groups.
In November, we are confident the message will be even louder! The citizens of Oregon expect Legislators to work for the best interests of Oregon and her legal residents!
The Bend Bulletin published a great editorial about SB 833 and their support of the referendum process. They agree that citizens should have the right to vote - and overturn - the new law giving driver cards to illegal aliens.
According to a recent Rasmussen survey sixty-eight percent (68%) of likely U.S. voters think illegal immigrants should not be eligible for driver’s licenses in their state. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% favor allowing illegal immigrants to get licenses in their home state.
Find out more about the driver licenses for illegal aliens poll.
The radical tactics being encouraged now by immigration advocates may be more than compassionate Americans are willing to tolerate.
It should be pointed out that any of the people here illegally are free to leave if they are unhappy. In fact, I encourage them to do so! But, chaining themselves to busses and throwing temper tantrums out of frustration that they can't get everything they want from a country in which they don't belong is beyond the limit of most rational thinkers.
"The people will take power back into their own hands and set a true example of leadership that the Beltway will have to follow,” said Marisa Franco, campaign organizer for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, which helped coordinate some of the more provocative actions.
The culture of corruption from which many of these people claim to be fleeing has now arrived here in the U.S. and it's spreading.
Read more about the new radical approach to immigration reform we can all look forward to.
Gifted writer and OFIR VP, Richard LaMountain explains why Oregonians should be concerned about the new law, SB 833, passed by the Oregon Legislature. Protect Oregon Driver Licenses - filed a citizen's referendum to place the issue on the ballot so voters, not Legislators, can decide if this is right for Oregon. PODL has gathered and submitted 71,000 signatures, which are currently being scrutinized by the Secretary of State's office for verification.
Read LaMountain's opinion piece about driver cards for illegal aliens.
In the 2013 regular session of the Oregon State Legislature, all Democrats present voted for HB 2787, a bill to grant instate tuition to illegal aliens, and also for SB 833, the bill giving driver cards to illegal aliens.
In the House, 5 Republicans voted for the instate tuition bill: Cliff Bentz, Vicki Berger, John Huffman, Mark Johnson, Julie Parrish. In the Senate, these 3 Republicans voted for instate tuition: Bill Hansell, Bruce Starr, Chuck Thomsen.
Voting for driver cards to illegal aliens were these Republican House members: John Davis, Vic Gilliam, Bob Jenson, Mark Johnson, Greg Smith, and these Republican Senators: Herman Baertschiger, Brian Boquist, Ted Ferrioli, Larry George, Bill Hansell, Chuck Thomsen.
If you have an opportunity to attend a town hall, or to speak elsewhere to your state senator and representative, please tell them about your concerns regarding illegal immigration. We are listing some suggested questions that could be raised with your legislators, particularly with all Democrats and those Republicans who voted for instate tuition and driver cards for illegal aliens.
2. Employers should not be allowed to hire illegal labor. Instead of passing laws to give illegal aliens instate tuition and official driver privileges; you could have worked in the last session of the Legislature to make E-Verify mandatory for all employers in Oregon. This would open up jobs for citizens and legal immigrants and discourage illegal immigration. Will you promote a requirement for employers to use E-Verify for current work forces as well as new hires?
3. The rule of law is the foundation for good government. It is undermined when illegal immigrants are allowed to enter and remain in this country unimpeded, and encouraged to remain here by giving them benefits paid for from public funds. How can citizens respect law when they see it so flagrantly ignored by illegal immigrants and their employers, and legitimized in the Legislature by bills accommodating illegal immigration?
4. Giving driver cards to illegal aliens will not improve safety – quite the opposite. There is no way the Oregon DMV can accurately certify the identity of the thousands of illegal aliens who will apply for driver cards. Identify theft and falsified documents are common, and hard to detect. Besides the illegal aliens now living here, others from the 45 states that don’t give driver licenses to illegal aliens will come to Oregon to take advantage of our weak law. Safety concerns focused only on possible traffic accidents miss the larger risks. Do you care about the dangers of terrorism from holders of fraudulent driver cards issued in Oregon?
5. Before the 2008 Driver License law was passed requiring proof of citizenship for driver licenses, the state did issue licenses to illegal aliens. There is no evidence that the roads were safer then than in the 5 years since the 2008 law was passed. Therefore it’s not logical to expect greater safety now by again giving illegal aliens official driver cards. Do you think it’s worth weakening the secure driver license law enacted in 2008 for an only nebulous degree of safety from traffic accidents?
6. Expenses for attending college are daunting for most citizens, and places in public colleges are necessarily limited by taxpayer funds available for maintaining higher education. The claims by some that giving instate tuition to illegal aliens will have no effect on enrollment of citizens are illogical and unbelievable. Why should our citizen young people have to step aside to make room for illegal aliens who will be in competition with them for college enrollment? -- There was no effort by leaders in the Oregon Legislature to curtail or stop illegal immigration when there are many such steps available to state legislatures, and other states have passed such laws protecting citizens.
What will happen to us, to our country and to our grandchildren if this massive mess of an amnesty bill prevails?
In their self-serving, big money, wheeling and dealing shenanigans, many of our elected officials can't see (or more likely, don't care) what they are doing to our country and our future.
Read Max Powell's insightful article about the consequences of such short sighted thinking.