The Fight for the Driver Card is not over!
A “No” Vote on Oregon Ballot Measure 88 Will Help Overturn Illegal-Alien Driver Card Law
Published by NumbersUSA, September 25, 2014
Oregon voters will have an opportunity to rescind a 2013 state law giving illegal aliens access to driver cards. Ballot Measure 88, a citizens veto referendum also known as “Protect Oregon Driver Licenses,” will go before the voters this November. We strongly urge you to vote “no” on the measure, and to assist in the effort to overturn the law.
In 2013, the legislature passed and governor signed Senate Bill 833, which instructs the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driver cards to those who cannot prove legal presence in the United States beginning in January 2014.
To fight the measure, the pro-immigration enforcement group Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR) formed an issue committee called Protect Oregon Drivers Licenses (PODL). The organization filed a citizens veto referendum for the opportunity to place SB 833 on the 2014 General Election ballot so that voters can decide if they want the law implemented. PODL collected the requisite signatures in just a few months, which placed the measure on the ballot and temporarily stopped the law from being implemented before the state could issue the first driver card to illegal aliens.
Illegal-alien advocates mounted a campaign in the state legislature and the courts to re-write the referendum title in a manner favorable to keeping the law. The title as qualified for the ballot states: “Provides Oregon resident driver card without requiring proof of legal presence in the United States.” The Oregon House passed a bill (HB 4054) to re-write the ballot as follows: “Establishes limited purpose, duration driver card for individuals who prove Oregon residency, meet driving requirements.” This legislation to hi-jack the ballot language failed in the Senate, however.
Illegal-alien advocates also challenged the measure in the courts, saying that the title did not represent the purpose of SB 833. The challenge eventually reached the state supreme court, which denied a title change.
Illegal-alien advocates are still fighting to keep the law. They have raised over $211,000 and have the support of unions and the Oregon Association of Nurseries, whose members employ many illegal aliens. And they are trying to fool the public into believing that illegal aliens will be required to purchase car insurance. However, according to David House, the Oregon Dept. of Motor Vehicles’ public information officer, liability insurance is not a requirement under Senate Bill 833.
PODL, on the other hand, is working on a shoestring budget. It has raised only $28,000 so far. The operation is run by volunteers. Fortunately, PODL’s endorsements have attracted much needed public attention. The 36-member Sheriffs of Oregon PAC support a “no” vote on Ballot Measure 88 along with a number of important officials, including Derek Hernandez, the Border Patrol Council Union Vice President for the western United States.
Please remember to vote “no” on Ballot Measure 88 in November. We encourage you to share this information with family and friends, and to visit the Protect Our Drivers Licenses web site to find ways to assist the referendum campaign. The web site is www dot protectoregondl dot org.