ODOT Research Unit
SPR RESEARCH PROGRAM
Senate Bill 1080 mandates that the Department of Transportation require proof of legal presence in the United States and, in most cases, a verified Social Security number prior to issuance, renewal or replacement of driver licenses, driver permits, or identification cards.
Most clearly affected are undocumented Mexican immigrants, who are estimated to account for 56% of the Mexican-born population in the U.S. There is reason to believe that the proportion of undocumented Mexicans is even higher in Oregon, as it is a "new destination" for Mexican migration, and appears to be receiving a relatively high number of migrants from "new sending states" in Mexico, such as Oaxaca.
The research problem to be addressed is to investigate... the degree to which immigrants may be driving less, and thereby losing better employment, housing, health care, educational, social and cultural opportunities,
Total project cost is $95,000. Project duration is 12 months.
Why would we spend $95K to see if illegal aliens are having trouble getting to their cultural opportunities? Or for that matter, getting to better employment which they can't legally have. Do any of Oregon's unemployed wonder why ODOT is so worried about illegals getting to their jobs?