Letters and Op-Eds

Jeani West

Today, Emperor Barack Hussein Obama will sign a decree giving five million illegal migrants the right to stay in America and giving them work permits. This will add another 5 million to the democrat voting base. Smooth move dude.

I am assuming that he has jobs for all of these immigrants.

Maybe next week he will issue a decree the deportation for the ninety one million Americans that are standing on the side lines looking for work.

You know, just to be fair and balance things out so the unemployment rates don't get any higher.

Mike Nearman
Oregon Catalyst

You can thank President Obama and Oregon Democratic officials who pick and choose when to follow laws and the Oregon Constitution

by Mike Nearman

The will of the people is poised to take another beating.

You’ll recall that in 2013 the Oregon State Legislature passed a bill to give driver cards to people who “could not prove legal residence.” In a May Day ceremony, the Governor signed the bill. However, thanks to a provision in the Oregon Constitution that gives the people the right to second-guess their legislature, the citizens of Oregon got out the clipboards and referred the Act to the people.

Before it could even go to the ballot, a bill was floated in the legislature to rewrite the ballot title, sidestepping the ballot title process which includes review by the Secretary of State, the Attorney General and the Supreme Court. So much for the will of the people. Happily, for the people of Oregon, this ballot title rewrite bill failed to pass.

On November 4th, despite overwhelming negative press and being outspent more than ten to one, the referendum went to the voters and the Act was struck down by a nearly two to one margin. 35 of Oregon’s 36 counties voted against it. Only in Multnomah County did it receive a majority. The “No” vote total on Measure 88 was greater than any other measure and far greater than what the governor received. In defiance of the legislature, nearly a million people voted to deny driver cards to illegal aliens. For a short time, it seemed like a triumph for the will of the voters.

But, hang on. We’re not done yet.

Now, in the wake of President Obama’s amnesty announcement, the DMV is consulting with the Oregon Attorney General and the Governor’s office to see if the approximately 64,000 illegal aliens living in Oregon – and eligible for the president’s new amnesty – might meet the requirements for “lawful presence” and be issued drivers’ licenses.

What do you suppose the chances are that the Oregon Attorney General will respect the will of the people and opine that this matter is settled by your Measure 88 vote? This is the same Attorney General who recently not only refused to defend the Oregon Constitution in court, but denied all others a chance to do so.

So, get ready. All you who signed the petition to put Measure 88 on the ballot, all you who voted no on Measure 88, the will of the voters is about to take another beating.

Mike Nearman was recently elected to the State Legislature from House District 23 and proudly voted no on Measure 88. He can be reached at Nearman4Oregon@yahoo.com.

NOTE:  Mike Nearman also serves on the Oregonians for Immigration Reform Board

Robert Aldridge
Statesman Journal

The U.S. House of Representatives has not passed comprehensive immigration reform, possibly because they knew Harry Reid would block it in the Senate.

After all, they have passed hundreds of bills on other topics which never make it to the Senate floor. Although the Senate passed a bill, that does not mandate that the House approve it. After all, that is exactly why we have two chambers.

While the president should try to work with Congress, he doesn't have the right to make up his own rules if they fail to pass the laws which he prefers. Clearly, the president's announcements on immigration are meant to change policy before the Republicans take control of the Senate in January and would finally be able to get legislation passed by both chambers.

If immigration reform were such a crisis, why did he wait six months from his earlier announcement until after the election?

Having waited the six months, what is the problem with waiting two months more? Such an action brings to mind a recent declaration from Jonathan Gruber.

Lyneil Vandermolen

Obama and immigration: The Oregonian editorial board apparently doesn't recognize the irony of writing that Republicans are "miffed" about illegal immigration. Every Oregon county but Multnomah just voted...not to give driver's cards to illegal aliens — ...most Democrats are "miffed," too.

Leave it to ideologues like Obama and the editorial board to defend lawless "mobocracy...

Anti-American bias is going out of style even as The Oregonian editorial board tries to shame citizens into funding their own marginalization.

Leland Stuart

The Oregonian editorial board ("Obama gets the substance right but not the process," Nov. 24) should begin by recognizing that we now have two branches of government...

Ask yourself not only, "What will happen now that President Obama may have stretched the limits of his executive authority?"...

What is the constitutional recourse for the executive in the event the legislative branch ceases to function — or even publicly defines its function solely as opposition to executive department proposals?

That's the question a president would have to ask. The answer cannot possibly be, "Do nothing" can it? You now have President Obama's answer: He will establish priorities and do as much as can be done.

Do you have a different answer?


Jean Groce
Catholic Sentinel

Your articles about measure 88 were not the views of many Catholics. Immigrants are welcome and are allowed to apply for an Oregon Driver License. Illegal aliens are not. Lawbreakers should be punished, not rewarded. Measure 88 was funded by large organizations that want to take advantage of cheap laborers who work for low wages.

My 12 younger siblings and I worked all summer on the farm. Our children and grandchildren now are having a tough time finding jobs. I took my children with me to pick berries and teach them how to work. Since then Oregon has forbidden young children from fieldwork.

As a lifetime 83-year Catholic, I voted no on Measure 88.

The No on 88 campaign prevailed.

Julia Stapp
The Bulletin

Obama is going around Congress to grant blanket amnesty to illegal aliens. Not only is this an insult to legal immigrants, as well as to those who applied through legal channels and are still waiting, but it is also a slap in the face to American citizens.

Citizens are expected to obey the law or face legal consequences and penalties. Citizens don’t have the option of thumbing their noses at laws they don’t like. Why should we make an exception for illegal aliens? No one has ever addressed that particular question.

As for “Dreamers,” it is not incumbent upon the U.S. government to make it OK that their parents violated our laws. The responsibility for those acts should rest on the lawbreakers themselves — the parents. Children of American citizens who have committed crimes do not qualify for blanket special considerations with respect to college admissions. Again, why should an exception be made for the children of illegals, who are themselves here illegally? Why should preference be given to non-citizens over citizens?

I can see no possible justification for any elected official to support any action that circumvents existing American laws.

Obama carefully deferred action on illegal immigration until after the election. He can’t run again. He won’t be held responsible at the polls in the next election. Those who support the illegal action he is taking, will be.

Craig M. Ellison
Statesman Journal

In response to Rep. Kurt Schrader's Nov. 21 guest opinion concerning President Obama's recent action on undocumented immigrants, he made the point that Congress had four years to bring legislation and didn't due to the "extremists" in the Republican caucus.

The truth is that the Democratic caucus is just as hamstrung but from the left. Case in point: Why didn't the Democratically controlled Congress bring comprehensive immigration legislation to the president in the first two years of his first term? They were too busy pushing what became the Affordable Care Act.

This current issue with granting legal status to individuals who entered this country illegally is going against current law and against the will of Congress. The way our system was designed to work is that if Congress isn't doing what the people want, replace them. This was done this mid-term.

Thus the president is not only going against the will of Congress and the law as written, but he also is going against the will of the majority of the American people.

If presidents keep doing this and we let them, it doesn't matter which party they are – we will soon end up with an autocrat as president.

The Bulletin

President Barack Obama is poised to announce, probably Friday, his version of immigration reform. Like his earlier move in the field, in which he deferred deportation of many immigrant children in the country, this one will be put in place without benefit of a specific law setting out his plan.

Not that he’ll say that. Rather, he’s likely to point to advice from supporters that says, in effect, “if you don’t like the current law, Mr. President, you may simply ignore it and do as you wish.” And while we agree wholeheartedly with the need for real immigration reform, what the president is likely to propose is hardly the way to go about it.

Predictions are that Obama will give deportation deferrals and work permits to the undocumented parents of American citizens or legal permanent residents, according to The New York Times. Parents will have to have been in the country five years to qualify, and estimates are that 5 million undocumented residents will do so.

What he does not plan to do, apparently, is to make those awarded the new status eligible for such things as the Affordable Care Act health care subsidies or other need-based programs available to some noncitizen residents. That, we suspect, is a purely political decision. Unhappy as an order barring benefits is likely to make a substantial chunk of Americans, one granting benefits would upset them even more.

Again, we agree with the need for immigration reform.

A presidential executive order hardly qualifies, however. Its provisions may evaporate in as little as two years, for one thing, leaving those who qualified in a more precarious position than before. As Obama himself has said, they can be overturned by Congress immediately, if Congress so wishes, or rescinded by him or his successor.

While Obama’s actions may or may not, in fact, be strictly legal, they certainly violate the spirit of American government, in which Congress writes laws, sometimes at the president’s behest, and the president signs and enforces them. There’s good reason for that progression: It requires substantial bipartisan buy-in to make dramatic changes to the status quo.

An executive order sidesteps any effort to get that buy-in. Instead, it’s likely only to make current divisions on the subject worse.

Jerry Ritter
The Register Guard

Once again The Register Guard’s editors have shown they are badly out of touch with Oregon voters on the issue of illegal immigration (“Move on immigration,” Nov. 14).

Did the editors read the election results in the Nov. 5 newspaper? Did any of them digest the voters’ crystal-clear message of Measure 88? Apparently not.

Up against what the American Civil Liberties Union called “an unprecedented coalition of supporters” that outspent opponents 11-to-1 in a deep-blue state, opponents dealt a 2-to-1 thrashing to the illegal immigrant driver card measure.

Now President Obama plans to issue what amounts to a massive amnesty for illegal immigrants. I expect Oregon’s entire congressional delegation will also ignore the voters and support the president.

I thought I’d seen the depth of arrogance and hubris in the Oregon Legislature’s and Gov. Kitzhaber’s efforts to ram the driver card measure down our throats. I was obviously mistaken.

In their Nov. 14 editorial the editors predicted a “formidable backlash.” At least they got something right.