It's a new year, a blue year in the Oregon legislature. It's going to be very important that we contact our representatives in opposition to yet another way that some of our government officials would like to make Oregon more illegal aliens friendly: the driving privilege card.
In case you think that this couldn't happen there was actually a bill that created this illlegal alien card in the 2005 session.
House Bill 3473
"Establishes driving privilege card for persons not able topresent verified Social Security number or verified identifyingnumber issued by United States Department of Homeland Securityindicating that person is legally present in United States.Provides that driving privilege card grants same drivingprivileges as driver license but cannot be used foridentification purposes."
And a serious discussion was had about the illegal alien drivers license in a House Transportation Comittee meeting. While I think that Kim Thatcher is one of the best voices we have in Salem it is disheartening to see the concessions that our side is willing to make:
Expresses concern about a driving privilege card that expires after eight years. Recommends a one-year renewal.
How about a NO YEAR RENEWAL! Even Kropf makes a concession:
Acknowledges that economic hardship is a valid point. Relates his experiences riding with a state trooper in his district. Argues the driving privilege card is a disincentive to those wishing to stay hidden.
It's like worrying about the economic hardship on meth dealers when you cut off their source of precursor ingrediants. Who cares?
My point is that we need to really call/email/visit not just the people that we know are on the wrong side of this issue but also our friends and allies in Salem to tell them we want NO COMPROMISE on this issue.