Don't bother licensing lawbreaking immigrants

Letter date: 
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Daily Courier
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The Voters' Pamphlet is out, and if we look at the arguments in favor of Measure 88, the proposition to extend driving privileges to illegal aliens, we discover it's supported by a band of greedy business folks who want cheap labor and left-wing politicians looking to expand their political base.

Maybe the most laughable argument of all is the contention that illegal aliens will drive anyway, and giving them driving cards will compel them to buy insurance thereby making Oregon's highways safer. But who in their right mind thinks people who illegally entered the country and use fake identification to gain employment and leech into government programs will buy insurance?

It didn't work in New Mexico or Tennessee. The experience of licenses to illegals in Tennessee was so horrendous they put an end to the program, while Gov. Susana Martinez in New Mexico has been frantically trying to end the insanity of licensing illegals there. A recent poll by the Albuquerque Journal found 75 percent of those polled opposed issuing licenses to illegals. One of the major reasons was the aliens who were supposed to buy insurance did not.

Surprise, surprise — vote no on Measure 88.