Daily Archives: April 2, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Roll Out “Temporary” Drivers License Plan for Illegal Aliens.

illegal_aliens-amnesty2Eight Oregon lawmakers, tossed together in a shotgun wedding by the governor,  have emerged tousle haired from the wedding bed to declare they’re madly in love with the idea that illegal aliens should have “temporary” drivers licenses.  And the best men standing up for this wedding party? A guy who runs the illegal alien union and another guy who hires them. Tidy, ihn’t it? Those two join the following lawmakers:

They are Sen. Bill Hansell (R-Pendleton), Sen. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River), Sen. Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay), Sen. Chip Shields (D-Portland), Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River), Rep. Vic Gilliam (R-Silverton), Rep. Chris Harker (D-Beaverton) and Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson (D-Portland).

Somebody’s got to pick the apples in Hood River, right? That’s why the bill calls for a FOUR YEAR TEMPORARY drivers license? The lawmakers say Senate Bill 833 (see below) will “reduce the number of uninsured drivers, and will therefore provide a cost savings to the public through decreased premiums.” [emph added] The adherents to this idea say 14% of accidents are caused by uninsured drivers representing $85 million dollars in cost to Oregonians. 

Committee member Jeff Stone of the Oregon Nurserymen’s Association, calls this bill a reasonable approach. Have you ever noticed that following the law is never reasonable for illegal alien apologists? For his part, the man who runs the illegal alien union, Ramon Ramirez of  Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) says it’s important that this bill is bi partisan. Ramirez has in fact spent most of his years in Oregon most assiduously avoiding talking with the other side of the aisle about his shenanigans. 

Think for a minute how much we would save if we didn’t invite illegal aliens to come get social services, educate their children for years, get housing, food stamps and all manner of tax payer based help? How much would that be? They don’t say on the news release. And they won’t because the 160,000 + illegal aliens in the state of Oregon are here for a buck or something. Oregon agencies bend over backwards showing illegal moms and dads how to sign up their anchor babies for food, shelter and education–all at a cost to the people who came to this country, this state, legally. 

Imagine if we didn’t welcome people to act as sherpas for the Mexican drug cartels, get drunk and assault women in disproportionate numbers to their population (as we see from the stats in local jails)? What cost savings would that entail? What would that save 15 year old Dani Countryman? Zupan Grocery Store Co Founder John Zupan? Columbia Sportswear’s Gert Boyle?

I’m not opposed to a kind of limited guest worker program in the future, but it seems to me we should enforce the laws on the books before we begin making exceptions as they have in Multnomah County recently when the Sheriff let out a bunch of illegal aliens–just cuz.  Or in Portland by using taxpayer dollars to find jobs for illegal aliens. 

The backers also claim:

The DMV would be required to use the same facial recognition software for these applicants as they do for all Oregonians, to prevent identity fraud.

By the time they get to Oregon, illegal aliens most likely already have stolen someone else’s ID. A lot of illegal alien workers at Fresh Del Monte got their fake ID’s from document manufacturers at Su Casa Imports. The result is now the illegal alien’s facial recognition information will go with that stolen identity. Instead of preventing ID fraud, Oregon would be aiding and abetting it. 

Finally this group wants us to feel confident that the state of Oregon will oversee the driver’s license procedures.

The short-term driver’s license would be good for four years and is for driving only. Applicants will be required to prove their identity and date of birth, and demonstrate that they have lived in Oregon for at least one year. No applicant would be issued a license without passing the written and driving skills tests administered by Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

The last time they did that we had 80,000 (not a typo) illegal aliens receive drivers licenses in a sham program run by the state’s representatives. And that was in only one county in Oregon.

Does anyone believe for a minute that this plan will ‘save money’ or be temporary? 

SB 833 Short Term Driver License – Final – Concise


Original press release:

Short Term Driver’s License Bill Proposed
Bill is designed to promote public safety and has bipartisan support

Salem, Ore — On Tuesday, eight Oregon legislators — four Republicans and four Democrats — introduced a bill designed to make Oregon’s roads safer. Senate Bill 833 would allow creation of a new, short-term driver’s license for applicants who otherwise qualify, but are unable to provide proof of legal U.S. residency.

“All Oregonians, regardless of the documents they have, need the ability to participate in the local economy,” said Jeff Stone, executive director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries. “People need to pass a test, obtain a license and insurance to be on the roads. We all need to get to church, the store and work. We have worked hard to craft a bill that allows our law enforcement officials to know when they are looking at a valid driver’s license. Senate Bill 833 is a reasonable solution to the problem.”

The bill is the product of a diverse workgroup convened by Gov. John Kitzhaber. Workgroup members included representatives from business, farm labor, law enforcement, and faith communities. The workgroup focused on enhancing public safety and reducing the number of unlicensed and uninsured motorists. The workgroup members spent two years carefully working through the issues to arrive at a bill that all could support.

The bill’s sponsors include two Democrats and two Republicans from each chamber of the Oregon Legislature. They are Sen. Bill Hansell (R-Pendleton), Sen. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River), Sen. Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay), Sen. Chip Shields (D-Portland), Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River), Rep. Vic Gilliam (R-Silverton), Rep. Chris Harker (D-Beaverton) and Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson (D-Portland). “It is critical that SB 833 is bipartisan,” said Ramon Ramirez of Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), a union of farmworkers and tree planters. “This is an Oregon issue and one that deserves to be passed and make our roads safer in the process.”

The short-term driver’s license would be good for four years and is for driving only. Applicants will be required to prove their identity and date of birth, and demonstrate that they have lived in Oregon for at least one year. No applicant would be issued a license without passing the written and driving skills tests administered by Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

The DMV would be required to use the same facial recognition software for these applicants as they do for all Oregonians, to prevent identity fraud. The short-term license would not serve as proper identification for purchasing a firearm, boarding a plane, entering a federal building, or voting. It would not affect a person’s eligibility status for state or federal benefits. An estimated 14 percent of all accidents are caused by uninsured drivers and costs the state over $85 million a year. This bill will reduce the number of uninsured drivers, and will therefore provide a cost savings to the public through decreased premiums.

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ATTACHMENT: Bill Text, Senate Bill 833