Letters and Op-Eds

By:
David Olen Cross
East Oregonian
2014-02-28

Apparently Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (HD-44) along with Representatives Jessica Vega-Pederson (HD-47) and Vic Gilliam (HD-18) don’t trust the wisdom of more than 71,000 Oregon voters state wide in 2013 who had the opportunity to read Senate Bill 833 and then sign a referendum 301 signature sheet that puts the issue of whether or not those illegally present in the state should be allowed driver cards before the state’s voters in November of this year.

Unfortunately these legislators, Reps. Vega-Pederson and Gilliam who were original sponsors of the driver cards legislation, want to pass a law to rewrite the ballot title of referendum 301 even before the Oregon Supreme Court gets a chance to make a decision on the input given by opponents and proponents of the current ballot title.

All members of the 2014 Oregon State Legislature legislative session should in all fairness to the state’s voters that signed referendum 301 stay out of the way — they had their turn at amending the legislation during the 2013 legislative session — and let the state court have the final say on the ballot title of the referendum.

Oregonians who oppose driver cards for those illegally present in the state should contact their state senator and representative and tell them to reject any tampering, call it obfuscation, of the current ballot title which clearly reveals the consequences of the legislation if it becomes state a state law — “Provides Oregon resident ‘driver card’ without requiring proof of legal presence in the United States.”

David Olen Cross of Salem writes on the subjects of illegal immigration and foreign national crime. Contact him at docfnc@yahoo.com.

StatesmanJournal.com
2014-02-27

LOSER: Oregon House. Legislators are mocking voters by interfering with a referendum on whether to let undocumented residents drive in Oregon.

Last year, the Legislature approved Senate Bill 833. It is a worthwhile law that authorizes issuance of “driver cards” for residents who can prove U.S. citizenship or other legal residency. A form of shorter-term driver license, the card will permit people to drive but cannot be used for federal identification, such as at airport security.

However, opponents collected enough signatures to block the law from taking effect last month and putting it before voters at the November 2014 general election. On Thursday, the state House stacked the deck.

Lawmakers passed House Bill 4054A, which would throw out the ballot title that the state Department of Justice wrote for the referendum, substitute one written by the Legislature, and prevent referendum backers from challenging that change in court.

That would appear to violate the constitutional separation of powers.

Legislators claimed that the ballot title — the wording that appears on the ballot — and related information did not adequately convey their intentions in passing SB 833. Tough. That is what pro-and-con election campaigns are for.

All that the House achieved was giving voters another reason to dislike both the driver cards and the Legislature. The Senate should deep-six HB 4054A.

 

By:
Lyneil Vandermolen
East Oregonian
2014-02-26

Desperate to assure that the driver card bill for illegal aliens (Senate Bill 833) will go into effect this year, several Oregon legislators are trying to change the title of the opposing citizen referral No. 301.

By erasing any reference to legal presence and replacing it with a slogan about road safety, these legislators hope to confuse voters about the referral’s intent.

Everyone wants “road safety,” but nothing in SB 833 provides any, which spurred concerned citizens to march this bill to the voter. If SB 833 was about safety, it would have demanded irrevocable prepaid insurance for the life of the four year license, but it doesn’t. It allows illegal aliens to buy insurance just long enough to get their card.

This practice was so common that after driver’s licenses for illegal aliens ended in 2008, the DMV admitted it didn’t notice any change in insurance non-compliance. As for DMV testing, I remember a scandal involving the Salem DMV helping Spanish-speaking applicants with the written section, and what happened on the road test is anyone’s guess. What would prevent the DMV from passing bad drivers as a way of easing the pressure on the system again?

Call me unconvinced. SB 833 also protects foreign drug dealers from the automatic car searches that getting caught driving without a license would have triggered. Does Senate Bill 833 make you feel safer now?

Sadly, every Democrat legislator passed this toothless “road safety” bill, along with some Republicans including Vic Gilliam, Ted Ferrioli, Mark Johnson, Bill Hansell, Bob Jenson and Greg Smith. Vic Gilliam just joined Democrat representative Jessica Vega-Pederson to pass a law allowing the legislature to change the title of referral No. 301. It’s like letting a politician write his opponent’s campaign slogans, but to lawmakers who protect law breakers, changing the rules after the fact to undermine a citizen referral is just part of the game.

By:
David Olen Cross
StatesmanJournal.com
2014-02-26

Apparently Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek along with Reps. Jessica Vega Pederson and Vic Gilliam want to undermine the will of more than 71,000 Oregon voters in 2013 who had the opportunity to read SB 833 and then sign a Referendum 301 signature sheet that puts the issue of whether or not those illegally present in the state should be allowed driver cards before voters in November 2014.

These legislators want to pass HB 4054 that rewrites the ballot title of the Referendum 301 even before the Oregon Supreme Court gets a chance to make a decision on the input given by opponents and proponents of the current ballot title.

The 2014 Legislature should in all fairness to the voters who signed the referendum not interfere and let the state court have the final say on the ballot title of the referendum.

Oregonians opposing driver cards for those illegally present in the state should contact their state legislators and tell them to reject the plot to change the current ballot title which clearly reveals the consequences of the legislation if it were to become a state law — “Provides Oregon resident ‘driver card’ without requiring proof of legal presence in the United States.”

David Olen Cross

Salem

 

By:
The Oregonian Editorial Board
OregonLive.com
2014-02-25

Six of the House Rules Committee’s nine members voted Tuesday to hijack the normal process for writing ballot titles. The move is a barely disguised marketing effort for a law that would grant driving privileges to people in this country illegally. It won’t work, and driver-card supporters who value the Legislature’s credibility should oppose the change during an expected House vote Wednesday.

The certified ballot title, which has been appealed to the Supreme Court, is as follows: “Provides Oregon resident ‘driver card’ without requiring proof of legal presence in the United States.”

The end-run ballot title upon which the House may vote Wednesday is as follows: “Establishes limited purpose, duration driver card for individuals who prove Oregon residency, meet driving requirements.”

... the most notable difference between the original title and the proposed replacement is the removal of “legal presence,”... 

And as for accuracy, the DOJ’s ballot title practically quotes SB833, which directs the Department of Transportation to “issue, renew or replace a driver card without requiring a person to provide proof of legal presence in the United States …”

The Legislature’s effort to write its own ballot title has nothing to do with accuracy. The effort, rather, betrays a belief that voters won’t approve SB833 if they know what it actually does.

By:
David Olen Cross
The Lars Larson Show
2014-02-25

Apparently Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (HD-44) along with Representatives Jessica Vega-Pederson (HD-47) and Vic Gilliam (HD-18) don’t trust the wisdom of more than 71,000 Oregon voters state wide in 2013 who had the opportunity to read Senate Bill 833 and then sign a referendum 301 signature sheet that puts the issue of whether or not those illegally present in the state should be allowed driver cards before the state’s voters in November of this year.

Unfortunately these legislators, Reps. Vega-Pederson and Gilliam who were original sponsors of the driver cards legislation, want to pass a law to rewrite the ballot title of referendum 301 even before the Oregon Supreme Court gets a chance to make a decision on the input given by opponents and proponents of the current ballot title.

All members of the 2014 Oregon State Legislature legislative session should in all fairness to the state’s voters that signed referendum 301 stay out of the way — they had their turn at amending the legislation during the 2013 legislative session — and let the state court have the final say on the ballot title of the referendum.

Oregonians who oppose driver cards for those illegally present in the state should contact their state senator and representative and tell them to reject any tampering, call it obfuscation, of the current ballot title which clearly reveals the consequences of the legislation if it becomes state a state law — “Provides Oregon resident ‘driver card’ without requiring proof of legal presence in the United States.”

 

The Oregonian Editorial Board
2014-02-24

Legislators did the right thing last year when they approved Senate Bill 833, which would allow some people who are in this country illegally to obtain driver cards....Some lawmakers want this outcome so badly, however, that they may be willing to do the wrong thing.

A group that includes House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, may try to rewrite the referendum’s ballot title, a breathtakingly cynical move that would taint the very law they’re trying to preserve. To vote for a referendum doctored in this fashion would be to endorse an abuse of process. ...

Opponents of the law are right to be furious, and supporters should be.... They won’t be favorably impressed by the Legislature’s decision to game the political system in order to help those who have gamed the immigration system.

Lawmakers may be tempted to believe their manipulation will be forgotten long before ballots go out this fall. That would be a mistake. Voters will remember because driver-card opponents, not being foolish, will see that they do. And in this regard, at least, their anger will be justified.

 

By:
Jim Elvin
StatesmanJournal.com
2014-02-23

The political insanity is destroying our country. Our politicians are failing to do what is right to maintain a strong country.

They fail to establish English as our official language, which is becoming a bigger nightmare every day. They fail to seal our borders. They keep talking amnesty for these illegal immigrants who are flooding our schools with their numerous offspring, many of whom don’t speak English and overcrowd our classrooms.

We are no longer noted as a country with a top quality educational system, which is vital for our survival.

The general public also helps to feed this nightmare when they hire illegal immigrants to paint, roof, build or maintain their yards. The thought might be that the cheap labor is a good deal, but we must remember that most of these folks are paying little or no taxes and that a lot of their needs are being subsidized with our tax dollars.

While we hope to leave our country in better shape for our children, I now pray that we don’t leave them a total disaster.

Jim Elvin

Salem

 

By:
Kathleen Overton
Outlook
2014-02-11

Kudos to Callie Vandewiele for her comments regarding the Coke ad that aired during the 2014 Super Bowl (Feb. 4 Outlook). I would like to add to her well-done article.

I support immigration, just not illegal immigrants. When the ad started, I stopped eating my popcorn and thought, “What the ...” and then as the ad continued, I went, “Wow, what a creative way to acknowledge who America is.”

We are all of those people in the ad and are citizens of the greatest country on earth.

My view is that people who are here illegally do not love this country enough to find a way to become legalized citizens, and therefore are undermining our country. Coke is spot on with its intent and did a great job expressing it. Wish there was a way for them to express the difference between legal and illegal immigrants.

Kathleen Overton, Gresham

By:
Philip Peoples
The Bulletin
2014-02-09

This is not swearing. A leak in a dam can be referred to as a dam leak!

Our Mirror Pond problem is like our problem with illegal immigration. Both problems involve a two-step solution: (1) stop the leaks and (2) develop a comprehensive plan.

Regarding illegal immigration, our government has been struggling with a comprehensive plan for four decades while failing to take step 1, secure the “leaky” border. As a consequence of trying to take step 2 first, we have spent billions of dollars, we have millions of illegals, and we have no comprehensive plan yet — after 40 years.

Regarding Mirror Pond, we are also approaching the problem backwards, step 2 before step 1. As a consequence, we have had six months of unsightly mud and stink and no hope for a comprehensive plan in the immediate future. How about taking step 1 first? Fix the dam leak and restore Mirror Pond to its original beauty. Then let the various commissions, boards and other bureaucrats squabble over the alternatives and come up with a “comprehensive” plan that the voters can approve (or disapprove). Maybe they can come up with something better in less than 40 years — but don’t count on it. So how do we accomplish step 1? Get two or three bids to “plug the hole” and pick the best one. Split the nominal costs among the city, the park district, and the power company, and get on with it. This is not brain surgery.

Fix the dam leak!

Philip Peoples

Bend

 

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