Is this the Oregon business model we are working toward?
The Oregon Legislature will likely consider giving driver licenses to illegal aliens in our state.
Advocates frame the issue as one of jobs and safety. Jeff Stone, executive director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries, says his group supports easing driver's licenses requirements for a simple reason: "We have to deal with how to get our work force to work."
Stone is CLEARLY stating that members of OAN rely on an illegal workforce and Oregon citizens should weaken the Oregon driver license bill to accommodate their needs.
Is this the business model we want in our state? Do we want to make it even easier for businesses cheat? These businesses seem to willfully break the law and make a huge profit by relying on an illegal workforce. Then, Oregon taxpayers foot the bill of over ONE BILLION dollars every year in services to those same illegal aliens and their families. How does it make any sense to "invite" more illegal aliens in to our state by offering a state issued form of ID?
If Stone were really "concerned" about how to get their illegal employees to work, he should organize a carpool of licensed drivers or provide shuttle services at their expense.
In-state tuition benefits are also on the table this Legislative session. While there are certainly dozens of stories about young children brought to the U.S that have gone to school and didn't get into trouble, the conclusion is that they deserve something that a U.S. citizen can't even get? If an illegal alien (who isn't even supposed to be here in the first place) graduates from high school (on the taxpayers dime) then they should return to their country of origin and apply for citizenship. They should not be allowed to take a coveted spot in a public university away from a US citizen.
And, when they graduate from college, they will be competing for jobs with U.S. citizens? Wait...it's against the law for them to work in this country! So, Oregon taxpayers have paid to educate them for as many as 16 years, but they can't be hired...legally.
These two actions are truly folly and outright pandering at it's worst.