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Oregon immigrant driver’s license law opponents get creative

Faced with collecting 58,000 signatures by Oct. 4, opponents of a new Oregon law that gives driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants and others who cannot prove they are living here legally are sharpening their tactics.

From a drive-through petition drive on Friday to a booth at the Oregon State Fair through Sept. 2, advocates are seeking the thousands of valid signatures needed for a referendum that would challenge a new state law that gives “driver privilege cards” to those who do not have the documents required to get a driver’s license. The driver’s card will be restricted from being used for identification or voting.

But advocates with Oregonians for Immigration Reform say the new law, which goes into effect in January, is a way for people living here illegally to get a driver’s license.

Jim Ludwick, communications director for the group, also said despite the restriction, he believes the cards will be used for identification and put into the hands of criminals.

Ludwick wouldn’t say how many signatures the group has collected so far. State law requires them to get more than 58,000 valid signatures within 90 days of the end of the legislative session (July 8) to get to referendum, which would let voters decide if the driver’s cards should be handed out, on the November 2014 ballot.

Ludwick said he’s confident they can do it.

“We have people who come see us and before I can say a word they grab the pen out of my hand and they want to sign,” he said.

State Rep. Sal Esquivel, R-Medford, is expected to make an appearance at the Oregon State Fair booth on Friday. Esquivel was a strong opponent of the legislation, Senate Bill 833, when it made its way through the Legislature.

Gov. John Kitzhaber pushed for the bill and signed it with fanfare on May Day.

Contact Shelby Sebens at Shelby@NorthwestWatchdog.org

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Group tries 'drive-thru democracy' to get driver cards on the ballot

SALEM, Ore. – A group trying to gather enough signatures in an effort to put the new driver card law on the November 2014 ballot before it begins is using a cue from fast-food restaurants.

The driver cards will allow people to drive who can't prove U.S. citizenship.

The group, Oregonians for Immigration Reform, hoped that Friday's "drive-thru democracy" would make it convenient for voters to sign their petition, because they need a lot of signatures – more than 58,000 by Oct. 4.

So on Friday, not far off Interstate 5, several volunteers brought petition sheets to the drivers and passengers as they pulled into a parking lot at Market Street and Savage Road.

"Our main concern is that our government's role is not and should not be to reward illegal behavior," said Cynthia Kendoll of Oregonians for Immigration Reform.

When Gov. John Kitzhaber signed Senate Bill 833 into law in May, supporters called it the biggest victory for immigrant rights in the state.

Luis Guerra of Causa, an immigrant rights organization in Oregon, said he disagrees with the notion that the new law rewards illegal behavior.

"I think it's a public safety issue," he said. "We should make sure that everyone that's behind the wheel, of any vehicles in the state of Oregon, knows the rules of the road."

The "drive-through" signature-gathering effort will continue until 8 p.m. Friday.

Leaders of the effort won't say how many signatures they have so far, but said they hope to collect about 500 Friday night.

If opponents of the new law fail to get the required number of signatures, the new law starts Jan. 1, 2014.

The driver card allows people to drive legally in Oregon as long as they can prove they've lived here for a year, and they pass the driver tests.

It's legal ID for opening a bank account, car insurance, or a gym membership. it is not legal ID for boarding a plane, registering to vote, or buying a gun.

Driver card holders also cannot drive big, commercial trucks.

A novel approach to get petition signatures: the drive-through

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August 23, 2013
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A group dedicated to overturning a new Oregon law that grants driver-privilege cards to people without conventional documentation has come up with a quick way to gather petition signatures.

It’s encouraging motorists to participate in drive-through democracy.

“You don’t even need to get out of your car,” said Jim Ludwick, the group’s communications director. “Just drive up, sign the petition and drive away.”

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Drive-thru signature gathering event Friday, Agust 23

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August 22, 2013
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If you haven't had the opportunity to sign the referendum petition to overturn SB833 - the new law giving driver privilege cards to people in the country illegally - it doesn't get any easier than this.  Just drive up, sign the petition and drive away.  You don't even need to get out of your car!

Protect Oregon Driver Licenses will be hosting a DRIVE-THRU signature gathering event this FRIDAY, August 23, from 12 noon until 8:00pm in the parking lot at Market St. and Savage Rd., just west of the freeway at exit 213. Watch for the signs guiding you in.

Volunteers will be available if you have any questions, or if you would like to pick up supplies so that you can collect signatures of your friends, neighbors and family members, too. The deadline of October 4th is rapidly approaching and we need 58,142 valid signatures.

PODL will also be hosting a booth at the Oregon State Fair - just outside the southeast corner of the Columbia Exhibit Hall. Please drop by and say hello!

 

 


 

Beaverton police arrest man allegedly transporting 7 pounds of

A traffic stop Saturday afternoon led to an arrest of a 30-year-old man allegedly carrying seven pounds of methamphetamine through Beaverton.

Jose Ortiz-Ledezma, from Mexico, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, and manufacturing of a controlled substance, according to Beaverton police. He is being held at the Washington County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
 

Jose Ortiz-Ledezma  - ICE HOLD

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5 views on immigration reform, Oregon 'driver cards'


Members of Congress may be away from the nation's capital during their August recess, but that doesn't mean the debate about federal immigration debate has simmered down.

Same goes for the Oregon Legislature, which adjourned last month, leaving in its wake strong feelings about a new law authorizing undocumented immigrants to obtain Oregon driver cards.

In recent days, a variety of guest columnists have weighed in on the issues.

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Is your city or town represented?

Alert date: 
August 18, 2013
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Protect Oregon Driver Licenses has just six weeks left to collect the signatures we need to get on the ballot and overturn SB 833 - the new law giving driver privilege cards to illegal aliens.  Below is a list of cities and towns whose residents have requested signature gathering supplies to help us succeed.  If your town isn't on the list then perhaps you should call and request supplies, too!

We would love to see every city and town in the state represented in this fight to overturn this harmful legislation.  Go to: www.ProtectOregonDL.org to request signature gathering supplies.

Find your city or town on this list:

Albany

Aloha

Amity

Ashland

Aumsville

Baker City

Bandon

Beaverton

Beaver Creek

Bend

Boring

Bridgeport

Brookings

Canby

Carlton

Cannon Beach

Central Point

Cheshire

Chiloquin

Clackamas

Clatskanie

Cloverdale

Cottage Grove

Corbet

Coos Bay

Coquille

Corvallis

Creswell

Crooked River

Dallas

Dayton

Damascus

Dufur

Florence

Forest Grove

Eugene

Eagle Point

Estacada

Gaston

Gladstone

Gleneden Beach

Grants Pass

Grass Valley

Gresham

Halsey

Happy Valley

Hebo

Hermiston

Hillsboro

Hood River

Ione

Jefferson

Joseph

Junction City

King City

Klamath Falls

Keizer

La Grande

Lafayette

Lake Oswego

Lakeview

La Pine

Lebannon

Madras

Mapleton

McKenzie Bridge

McMinnville

Medford

Milton-Freewater

Milwaukie

Molalla

Monmouth

Myrtle Creek

Nehalem

Newport

North Bend

North Plains

North Powder

Oakland

Ontario

Oregon City

Pendleton

Pilot Rock

Portland

Powell Butte

Prineville

Rainer

Redmond

Roseburg

Saint Helens

Salem

Scappose

Scio

Seaside

Shady Cove

Sherwood

Silverton

Siletz

Springfield

Stanfield

Stayton

Sublimity

Sun River

Sutherland

The Dalles

Tigard

Timber

Tualatin

Turner

Umatilla

Union

Vale

Veneta

Warren

Warrenton

Welches

West Linn

White City

Woodburn

Yoncalla


 

Oregon minority, immigrant rights groups shape legislative agenda for 2014 and beyond

SALEM -- After a string of high-profile victories this legislative session, minority and immigrant rights groups plan to use their growing political sophistication to tackle even more in 2014 and beyond.

Legislation on sentencing reforms, racial profiling, hate crimes and policies to address racial gaps in education achievement, housing and employment are some of the topics the groups hope to advance.

These more ambitious goals come on the heels of several new state laws they pushed, including legislation that grants in-state tuition to certain undocumented Oregon high school graduates and four-year driving privileges to Oregonians who can't prove they're in the country legally. One group opposed to driver cards is gathering signatures for a possible referendum.

Read the entire Oregonian article here.

Opportunity is knocking

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July 17, 2013
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Ladies and gentlemen - 'tis the season to collect signatures for the referendum to overturn SB 833 - the new law giving driver privilege cards to illegal aliens.  There are so many great signature gathering opportunities in so many locations across the state.  Check out or Protect Oregon Driver Licenses website for a long list of upcoming events.

2013 Oregon Legislature adjourns

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July 8, 2013
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The 2013 Oregon Legislature has just adjourned.  What that means is that we now have only 90 days left to collect 58,142 signatures to get the issue of driver privilege cards for illegal aliens on the ballot so Oregon voters can decide for themselves if this is what we want for Oregon.

SB 833 would provide a state issued ID, in the form of a driver privilege card, to illegal aliens with minimal (and questionable) requirements.

Protect Oregon Driver Licenses has filed a referendum to get the issue on the November 2014 ballot and let voters decide.

To gather signatures to help overturn the bill, please go to:  www.ProtectOregonDL.org for more information.

 

 

 

 

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