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It's BIG - mark your calendar for Sat. Sept. 27th

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2014-09-07
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Our next meeting is probably one of the most important meetings in OFIR - PODL history.  Please, mark your calendar now and plan to attend Saturday, Sept. 27 at 2:00 pm at the Best Western Mill Creek Inn - in Salem.

We will be kicking into high gear our Vote NO on Ballot Measure 88 campaign.  We will bring everyone up-to-date on what's been done so far and what we need to do to be certain we WIN BIG in November.  Yard signs will be available for you to take home and display to help spread the word.  Ask your friends and neighbors if they would like you to pick one up for them, too - if they can't attend the meeting.

And there's more! 

Derek Hernandez, Vice President, Western Region, National Border Patrol Council from San Diego, will be our very special guest speaker.  He will connect the dots between the crisis on the border and the attraction of a state issued ID - like a driver card.  There will be time for your related questions, too!  Derek is an endorser of the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses campaign - and has written a Voter Pamphlet Statement in opposition to Ballot Measure 88.

Right after the meeting - we plan to hold a 10 minute rally out on Mission Street to wave our NO on Ballot Measure 88 signs.  If you have American flags you can bring along to wave - please do so.

 

 

 


 

Lines drawn in alternative driver's license debate

Supporters say measure would improve safety on Oregon streets; opponents worry it would make state vulnerable to fraud

In the ongoing national debate about immigration reform, Oregon was one of a number of states to make changes to driver’s license policies in 2013.

The Legislature’s response was Senate Bill 833, which was intended to make four-year “driver cards” available to residents who cannot prove their legal presence in the United States.

The bill was approved, but before it was enacted, a veto referendum was successful in placing the issue on the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election.

The driver card would differ from an Oregon driver’s license in several ways, including that the card would be valid for only four years, as compared to the license’s eight.

The card, like the license, would also require applicants to pass written and behind-the-wheel tests, provide proof of residency in Oregon for at least one year and provide proof of identity and date of birth.

But that’s not enough for Jim Ludwick, communications director for the political action committee Oregonians for Immigration Reform and the Protect Oregon Driver’s Licenses (PODL, pronounced “poe-dle”) committee.

Ludwick said his organization, which led the referendum effort, is worried that SB 833, if enacted, would make the state and its licensing offices more susceptible to foreign criminals and drug traffickers.

“(Interstate 5)?is a major artery for Mexican drug cartels,” Ludwick said. “And they want these driver cards. I think the feeling is, if they have a driver card, they can go anywhere.”

Ludwick said he is worried that SB 833 would reinstate the practice of Matrícula Consular cards being accepted by the Department of Motor Vehicles as proof of identification.

Although issued by the government of Mexico with a number of security features, the card has been criticized by U.S. law enforcement officials and agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as being unreliable and highly vulnerable to fraud.

Ludwick is afraid that, under SB 833, a criminal could falsify a Matrícula card, then use it to obtain a driver card, in which case the state would be effectively lending legitimacy to the fraudulent identity.

“That would basically be Oregon verifying that this is the person whose face agrees with that name,” he said.

Ludwick said the current law in Oregon already allows legal immigrants or temporary residents to obtain driver’s licenses, but the licenses are valid only for the duration of the individual’s documented legal presence in the country.

As further evidence of safety concerns associated with the measure, Ludwick pointed out that the referendum has been publicly supported by a number of law enforcement officials, including Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin, former Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller and the Sheriffs of Oregon political action committee.

But Caroline Fitchett, campaign director for Yes on 88, rebutted Ludwick’s claims. She said there are “important safeguards required in order to obtain a driver card,” designed to address safety concerns.

“The facial recognition feature, proof of identity and proof of residency in Oregon for at least one year are key requirements the DMV will utilize in order to prevent fraud,”?she said.

She pointed out that law enforcement officials have also supported the Yes on 88 campaign, including retired Hillsboro Police Chief Ron Louie.

Other proponents of Yes on 88 includes dozens of Latino and migrant workers’ advocates, civil rights groups, labor unions and religious organizations, including the Woodburn-based farmworkers union PCUN.

“Oregon’s neighboring states, Washington, California and Nevada, have laws that allow all Oregon residents to get tested and insured to drive,” Fitchett said. “By passing Measure 88, Oregon would join our neighboring states in making this needed change for public safety.”

Fitchett also said that, under Measure 88, the driver card could not be used as valid ID? in the way that a driver’s license can.

“The driver card is limited for driving purposes only,” she said. “The driver card cannot be used as identification to board a plane, register to vote, buy a gun or obtain government benefits.”

She said the card would comply with Congress’ 2005 Real ID Act, so it could not be used for any federal identification purposes. She added that, as a matter of federal law, a state-issued driver card could not convey or change anyone’s immigration status.

In addition to helping the families of undocumented workers, Fitchett said the measure would assist senior citizens who are unable to access their birth certificate or were never issued one.

If Measure 88 is approved in November, the law could take effect in as little as 30 days. Read more about Lines drawn in alternative driver's license debate

At what cost? OFIR endorser challenges the President to visit his sons grave

A U.S. citizen, a husband and a grief stricken father demands the President of the United States visit his son's grave in hopes the President will finally see the consequences of his horrific immigration policies.  Read the entire article. Read more about At what cost? OFIR endorser challenges the President to visit his sons grave

Poll: Driver card measure 88 landslide

The Taxpayer Association & TAO-PAC are bringing you ANOTHER exclusive poll.

Our first poll helped show the early results of the nationally watched GOP Senate Primary. Our next poll showed Gov. Kitzhaber close to losing his race for Governor.

In this poll, we targeted the most talked about race on the ballot — the driver card Measure 88. In our postscript, we show how many other states are wrestling with this issue and why this issue deserves a deeper look regardless of whether it passes or not.

A professional and scientific poll of 400+ Oregon voters was conducted by local polling firm NW Market Research in August 2014.

A full 67% reject Measure 88.

Based on reading the ballot title, 67% of Oregon voters would not pass Measure 88. A smaller 27% would vote to approve Measure 88. Those who were unsure/unknown stood at 5%. Full details here.

Immigration is one of America’s most complex issues and so is this measure. Therefore we divided the measure into distinct parts to see Oregon voters opinions on each aspect of the measure.

- I.D. Requirements Idea: The idea that the Measure allows some level of identification (proof of ID, residence, proof of birth) but not citizenship failed to sway voters. Only 35% considered this favorable.

- Improve Road Safety claim: The idea that the measure would improve road safety by allowing more people to take a driver’s test & have insurance was a stronger facet of the Measure as 44% agreed with the statement.

- Helps people follow law: The concept that the Measure helps people follow the law was supported by 43% of Oregonians — but still not a majority.

- Federal law factor: Another concept is that Oregon is a victim to the failure of Federal laws to deal with immigration. This idea was received by only 37% of Oregonians.

- Total support of positive claims: Combing all of the four positive concepts of the measure leaves voters only supporting the measure by 41%. Roughly 50% would oppose.

The Measure was brought to voters in the form of a referendum. These opponents of driver cards have a list of problems they see will occurring in Oregon if the Measure passes. We tested their negative concepts.

- Fraudulent paperwork claim: The concept that if Measure 88 were passed it would increase fraudulent paperwork as experienced in other states had a measure of support with 39% increasing their opposition to the measure based on this claim.

- Increased illegal activity: The concept that driver cards becomes a catalyst for increased illegal activity surrounding immigration was tested and found that a stronger 52% felt more opposition to the measure based on this idea.

- Law enforcement support: The concept that driver cards is a law enforcement issue supported by Oregon Sheriffs had a 40% level support for opposition to the measure.

- Illegal is illegal: The least effective concept was the common phrase that “illegal-is-illegal” and that the state should not be complicit. This idea garnered small support of 36% who felt this claim increased their opposition to the measure.

- Total of negative claims: After sharing all of the negative claims made on Measure 88 the total impact amounted to 58% of voters opposing the measure.

POSTSCRIPT: Oregon’s not alone — states across nation struggle with this issue.

Whether Measure 88 passes or fails, it will be a long & reoccurring issue for lawmakers to handle. This is why every lawmaker and policy expert must examine our poll and see the nuanced and detailed reasons behind voter’s concerns on this issue. States are experiencing problems as they seek to implement laws allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses. In Colorado, a law went into effect this summer, but the demand for appointments has been so high that the state’s motor vehicle scheduling website was overwhelmed. The site shut down several times when it began scheduling appointments.

Colorado is only offering application appointments in five of its 37 DMV offices, forcing many unlicensed immigrants to travel long distances to get to an office. The state argues that it can’t expand its services without raising the cost of the applications.

In Illinois, a state with a large number of undocumented workers, has so many immigrants attempting to apply that the waiting period for an appointment is about three months.

California, home to about 1.4 million undocumented immigrants, will begin accepting applications in January. The state has had to create a new design for its licenses because the federal government ruled that the licenses were too similar to their traditional driver’s license.

The Taxpayer Association encourages all policy makers and leaders to absorb the lessons from other states and learn from the survey data provided. After the election is often too late to go back and inquire what the principles and concerns voters had before the influence of advertisement, voter turn-out or the impact of the issue being settled after an election. Read more about Poll: Driver card measure 88 landslide

Photos tell the story - OFIR and PODL thank our fantastic volunteers

Protect Oregon Driver Licenses would like to thank our fantastic friends and volunteers that spent time answering questions about Ballot Measure 88 in our booth at the Oregon State Fair.

It was hot, the days were long, the floor was hard - but there they were - our volunteers!  Cheerful, respectful and happy to answer questions and hand out pens, pencils, information and fans to help keep folks cool in the heat.

Monday, Labor Day, is the last day of the Fair.  We have been overwhelmed by the kind words of support and encouragement for what we are doing and from people of all ages and from every corner of the state.  Remember to Vote NO on Ballot Measure 88.

Visit our photo gallery and check out our booth!
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At the State Fair Sunday - candidate Mike Nearman

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2014-08-30
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Mike Nearman - candidate for Oregon House District 23 will be volunteering in the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses booth at the Oregon State Fair Sunday from 2 - 6pm.

Drop by and meet him the PODL booth is located in Columbia Hall - next to the Traeger Grill guys. 

This will be a great opportunity to ask Mike any questions you might have about Ballot Measure 88.  Remember to Vote NO in NOvember.  Vote NO on 88!


 

Rep. Kim Thatcher to Volunteer in PODL booth

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2014-08-26
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Please plan to stop by the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses booth at the Oregon State fair and located in Columbia Hall.  Representative Kim Thatcher will be volunteering in our booth from 10am - 1:30pm. 

Representative Kim Thatcher jumped at the opportunity to help concerned citizens across the state when she agreed to be a Chief Petitioner on the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses citizen's veto referendum.  Her support - along with that of Representative Sal Esquivel and many others who have endorsed our referendum have been a great support to our efforts to overturn SB 833 - the new law granting state issued ID - in the form of a driver card - to those who can't prove legal presence in our country. 

Please take the time to thank her for all she has done and continues to do for Oregon!
 

Thank you for "making" our argument

The Oregonian's August 23, 2014 Guest Opinion, 'Oregonians should support driver card measure'  by Juan Carlos Valle clearly spelled out every reason Oregonians should not support the ballot measure and Vote NO on Ballot Measure 88.

Take a moment to read some of the 130+ comments and you'll discover that Mr. Valle didn't make a very convincing case.

Let me address just a few of the key points of the piece:

"Driving to work in order to feed your family is a privilege" - by reading through the comments, one quickly realizes that Oregonians don't think people who pick and choose which of our laws to obey and which to break, should be given even more privileges - like a driver card.

"We risk our lives by driving to a place of employment" - again, Mr. Valle points out that illegal aliens choose to break two laws at the same time.  It's against the law for those illegally in our country to also work in our country and it is illegal for them to drive to those jobs, or anywhere else.  Yet, they do both. 

 "...(SB 833) gave hope to hundreds of individuals across Oregon" - I think this must be a typo because thousands will likely apply for driver cards if Ballot Measure 88 is not defeated.

"...this measure could generate revenue of $5.3 million in 2013-15 and $2.7 million in 2015-17 to the state DMV" - If only hundreds are applying, as Mr. Valle indicates, how will the DMV generate millions of dollars?  Should our laws be for sale to the highest revenue generator?

"We cannot continue to deny driver licenses to individuals who might be here without proper documentation" - Yes, we can. Vote NO on Ballot Measure 88. Vote NO in November!

A few sidenotes:

1.)  New Mexico, under extreme pressure from special interest groups (just like here in Oregon) and suffering with one of the highest uninsured driver rates in the country, in 2003 passed a law granting driver licenses to illegal aliens.  Eleven years and 80,000 driver licenses to illegal aliens later, they still suffer with one of the highest uninsured driver rates in the country. The argument that insurance will now be purchased is the straw man for putting a state issued ID in the hands of people in our country illegally.

2.)  Find out who is really behind the driver card bill.  Since when has the SEIU, ACLU, Oregon Association of Nurseries and others been so concerned about your public safety?  Only when their illegal workforce is inconvenienced with not being able to get a driver card.
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Sunday - Candidate Greg Barreto to volunteer for PODL at State Fair

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2014-08-24
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Candidate Greg Barreto, running for State representative - HD 58, will be volunteering in the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses booth at the State Fair this afternoon. Drop by and say hello to Greg and his wife Chris from 4 - 6pm. You'll find us in Columbia Hall.


 

It's FAIR time!

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2014-08-21
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The Protect Oregon Driver Licenses campaign will host a booth at the Oregon State Fair which is opening Friday, August 22, and continuing through Monday, September 1 (Labor Day).

 
We’ll be inside this year, in the Columbia Hall building, immediately adjacent to the 17th Street entrance to the Fairgrounds.  Please drop by the PODL booth (Booth #303), say hi and introduce yourselves. 

 
We'll have informational literature about the PODL campaign to distribute to visitors and will be happy to answer questions or discuss issues.

By Monday, we hope to have yard signs available, too.  You can pick one up for your yard as you head home from the Fair.

 
Hours:  Mon-Thur: 10:00 am 10:00 pm;  Sunday, August 24: 10:00 am 10:00 pm;  Fri-Sun (except August 24): 10:00 am 11:00 pm

 
Please visit the Fair’s website, http://oregonstatefair.org/, for general information about the Fair including a downloadable pdf map of Fairgrounds.  The website also contains driving and parking directions, admission fees, descriptions of educational exhibits and entertainment events. 

 
We'll see you at the Fair!
 

 

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