PUBLISHED ON 1/7/09
Oregon was once a sanctuary for illegal immigrants from neighboring states to gain driver licences. However, with the recent addition to Senate Bill 1080, which initially passed in February 2008, Oregon is taking steps to make it more difficult for those people to obtain licenses.
Immigration Specialist Helpline Consultant Mario Hernandez believes the new law is increasingly degrading to illegal immigrants who he said are not only left without a legal means of transportation, but are also crippled in their search for jobs, many of which require licences.
The final installation of the three-part law will go into effect Jan. 1, 2010 and will allow the DMV to issue licenses for the length of an immigrant's stay, rather than issuing a license to be valid for eight years.
The Daily Emerald is reporting this story a little late but it's always fun to find a story where someone is quoted about illegal aliens being "degraded" and "unable to look for work" which they can't legally perform.