Bill would require proof of citizenship for license
A controversial bill that would require applicants to show proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency before obtaining an Oregon driver's license gets its first legislative hearing today.
A controversial bill, as opposed to bills banning certain firearms or giving birth control to middle schoolers, those are routine bills.
But critics say requiring proof of citizenship or legal residency to obtain a driver's license poses hardships for immigrants. For example, it would make it difficult to cash a paycheck or open a bank account. And it would force immigrants to drive without a license or insurance.
They would be forced to drive without a license. Just like five time DUII convicts are forced to drive with no license.
HB2608 will be heard in the House Transportation Committee. Bruun said he's willing to work with critics to improve the bill.
The only way to improve HB2608 would be if it authorized the DMV to actively cooperate with the INS to capture and deport these lawbreakers.
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