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Action Alert: Stop immigrant-bashing bill in Oregon legislature

This is an action alert forwarded from PCUN, the farmworkers' union. Please take a minute to call or e-mail to express opposition to this racist, divisive, immigrant-bashing bill, even if you missed the Feb. 10 "day of action" deadline. In the past, decisive action by Oregonians has defeated previous immigrant-bashing bills. We can do it again! Si se puede!
Over the past few weeks, a rash of anti-immigrant
bills
have been proposed in the Oregon legislature. Please
read the action alert below from our ally PCUN,
Oregon's farmworker union, about the latest of these
proposals.

PCUN is calling on all supporters of immigrant rights
to call or e-mail Representative Betsy Close on Monday
(February 10) to express your opposition to this bill.
This will only take a moment of your time. Please take
action!


Feb. 6, 2003
PCUN Legislative Action Alert to all supporters:

A bill, HB 2578, that requires proof of citizenship or
legal residence to obtain a driver's license, permit,
or identification card in Oregon, was introduced to
the
legislature on February 6 by Representative Betsy
Close
(R-Albany) and Representative Alan Brown (R-Newport).
This piece of anti-immigrant legislation does nothing
for homeland security and will only put Oregonians at
risk because it will lead to an increase in
unlicensed,
uninsured drivers on the road. A similar bill,
labeled
by the Latino community as "Driving while Hispanic,"
was defeated in the 1995 legislative session.

We are calling upon our supporters to immediately call
or e-mail Representatives Close and Brown and voice
strong opposition to this legislation. Please put our address
in the CC of your e-mail:  farmworkerunion@pcun.org.

Representative Betsy Close
503-986-1415
 rep.betsyclose@state.or.us

Representative Alan Brown
503-986-1410
 rep.alanbrown@state.or.us
You assume to much... 10.Feb.2003 21:01

Woodsman

"that requires proof of citizenship or legal residence to obtain a driver's license, permit, or identification card in Oregon,"

I like how you instantly relate it this matter to "Hispanic" people like somehow they are the ones who should recieve special treatment because they managed to cross our border. Living in the United States of America is not a right that you achieve just by placing your foot on our soil. What about the thousands of people every year go attain legal immigrant status and then citizenship by following all the rules?

Assume u won't be hit by an "illegal" immig? 11.Feb.2003 01:49

Dance

So, Woodsman, TELL US, "What about the "thousands [who] attain legal immigrant status"? Do you think they, too, should be driving our highways without registering and obtaining proper insurance?

Are you saying you are AGAINST special treatment, such as excluding SOME, but not everyone, from being able to register and be accountable for driving on the public highways?

You think merely "placing your foot on OUR soil" is insufficient basis for being expected to register and be financially responsible before driving? Should only those born on our legally conquered soil be held accountable for their privilege to drive? Get the WOOD out of your head, SMAN!

Assume u won't be hit by an "illegal" immig? 11.Feb.2003 01:51

Dance

So, Woodsman, TELL US, "What about the "thousands [who] attain legal immigrant status"? Do you think they, too, should be driving our highways without registering and obtaining proper insurance?

Are you saying you are AGAINST special treatment, such as excluding SOME, but not everyone, from being able to register and be accountable for driving on the public highways?

You think merely "placing your foot on OUR soil" is insufficient basis for being expected to register and be financially responsible before driving? Should only those born on our legally conquered soil be held accountable for their privilege to drive? Get the WOOD out of your head, SMAN!

Why a bad idea? 11.Feb.2003 06:59

Todd

Could someone who's followed this issue please explain a bit more about it? I mean on the surface this does't sound like it should be that unreasonible to require some proof of who you are to get an ID card or drivers license. I mean with identity theft as one of the leading crimes and stories about crooks getting 22 Oregon Drivers licenses and such, that makes me think our requirments to get an ID or license are not tight enough. So why is this bill a bad idea? Should we allow anyone to walk into a DMV and say they are so and so and walk out a documented citizen of Oregon? Do those opposed to this bill think our requirements are strong enough as they are? Or what would they propose to solve the issue of easy access to multiple ID's in a more culturally sensitive way? Specifics would be good - I'd like to learn more.

Legal or Not? 11.Feb.2003 09:28

Publius

Either someone is here legally and in the sunshine or they are not.

Why should special preference be given to ILLEGAL border crossers of any particular group?

Either abide by the law as many thousands of legal immigrants have or suffer the perquisites of your criminal violation. There is nothing inherently racist or discriminatory in insisting that people abide by laws that are just. While no system is perfect our immigration laws make LEGAL entry open to people of all nationalities.

Terminating or preventing use of services bought and paid for by LEGAL citizens is not unjust. Coming here to take advantage of people who by history have large and open hearts is not an admirable action. It is kind of like that shiftless cousin who is "always going to pay back that loan from 2 years ago but I could I borrow 5 bucks today?"

If the conditions in your homeland are insufferable then change them. Whining that you cannot is not valid. If you want it bad enough you can make the changes. Otherwise apply for legal entry.