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Hispanic heritage proves Barreto isn’t racist
East Oregonian
Letter

This is in response to Virginia Garcia’s letter to the editor in the Thursday, May 29th Pendleton East Oregonian, titled “Barreto’s attacks on illegal immigrants shows ignorance.”

During the election campaign Greg Barreto was targeted as being a racist. Most of these attacks stem from a question that was presented to him and John Turner at a forum in Pendleton, which I attended with Greg. That’s right, as Lars Larson would say, “I have a dog in the fight.” At the forum, Morrow County Sheriff Ken Matlack asked what each candidate’s stance was on the driver card law coming up for a...

Fight looms over driver’s cards
The Bulletin - The Associated Press
News article

SALEM — A coalition of groups in Oregon is preparing for what they say could be a heated campaign to approve a ballot measure granting driving privileges to people who can’t prove they are legal residents of the U.S.

Unions, immigrant-rights groups and a hospitality-industry lobby group have started pouring money...

They want voters to approve a measure...called driver’s cards, to people who don’t have documents proving they are in the country lawfully...     

...opponents collected enough signatures last fall to put it before the voters on the November ballot...

Feds reject design of driver's license for immigrants in U.S. illegally
U.S. officials rejected California's design for a driver's l
Los Angeles Times - Politi-Cal
News article

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has rejected California’s initial design for a driver’s license for immigrants in the country illegally, saying it is not distinguishable enough from permits given citizens.

“To satisfy the statutory and regulatory standards DHS recommends that any modifications ... ensure that the license (1) clearly states on its face and in the machine readable zone that it is not acceptable for official federal purposes and (2) uses a unique design or color indicator to distinguish them from documents that meet the standards,” wrote David Heyman,...

Oregon sheriffs organization opposes driver's cards
StatesmanJournal.com
News article

Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe confirmed Friday he was among those 28 Oregon sheriffs who voted this week against Measure 301.

“I don’t believe that is a good bill,” he said. “If people are here legally, they can prove they have citizenship and should be able to get a driver’s license and not a special one.”

UPDATE at 11:30 a.m.

Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers has said that, due to strong opinions on both sides of the issue, he declined to take a stance on the subject of Measure 301.

"The issuance of driver’s cards is a complex topic, with strong feelings on...

State's sheriffs backing defeat of driver's cards
StatesmanJournal.com
News article

A state organization comprised of elected sheriffs today voted to oppose Measure 301, a November ballot measure that would allow the state to issue driver’s cards to residents who cannot prove their identities.

The Sheriffs Of Oregon Political Action Committee (SOO-PAC) represents 36 sheriffs statewide, and 28 of them voted against the cards, which supporters say would have allowed individuals to obtain insurance and drive legally, making the roads safer for all. The sheriffs’ organization is urging voters to oppose the measure as well.

The bill and ballot measure have been...

Driver card referendum: Oregon sheriffs group opposes measure
OregonLive.com
News article

The Sheriffs of Oregon political action committee opposes a measure on the November ballot that would grant driving privileges to Oregonians who can't prove they're here legally.

"Offering the privilege to drive to people who are breaking the law makes no sense to those of us who enforce the law," Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin said in a press release...

The group's opposition strikes at the heart of the argument from driver card supporters, who say the cards would improve public safety by allowing Oregonians (illegal aliens) who already drive to be licensed and insured...

Oregon Supreme Court orders ballot title on drivers card to stand
StatesmanJournal.com
News article

Despite attempts by various parties to change a ballot initiative’s title and alter its summary for voters, the state Supreme Court last week ordered that Referendum 301 be upheld as certified in 2013 by the Secretary of State’s office and named by state attorney general.

Last October, the groups Oregonians for Immigration Reform and Protect Oregon Driver Licenses, submitted almost 60,000 signatures to overturn legislation, Senate Bill 833, that had been passed by lawmakers and signed by Gov. John Kitzhaber earlier in 2013.

The groups opposed the bi-partisan backed bill,...

Tangled web they weave when practice to deceive
News-Register
Letter

The 2013 Legislature created a new driver card for only one reason — to grant driving privileges to Oregon residents unable to prove legal presence in the United States, thus hoping to reduce the number of Oregonians taking to the roads without being licensed and insured. There is only one difference between driver license and driver card requirements in Oregon — the need to prove legal residency in the U.S. in order to obtain a license.

So it should have come as no surprise when Attorney General Ellen Rosenbloom — a Democrat, by the way — adopted the following ballot title for a...

Liquor privatization, marijuana legalization, driver cards could top Oregon ballot in November
The Oregonian
News article

While Gov. John Kitzhaber has brokered agreements to keep initiatives dealing with taxes, unions and hospitals off the November ballot, Oregonians could still face several hot-button measures in the fall...

...they will vote on two big issues already placed on the ballot: drivers' cards for people who can't show they are legally in the state and a measure allowing the state to float bonds to pay for student aid...

Here's a quick look at what is – or may be – on the November ballot:

DRIVERS CARDS: Voters will pass judgment on a 2013 law that would allow people...

Oregon: House Votes to Hijack Ballot Title Process and Confuse Voters
Federation for American Immigration Reform
News article

On Thursday, the Oregon House of Representatives voted 36-24 to pass House Bill (H.B.) 4054, which would hijack the ballot title process established under Oregon law. If enacted, H.B. 4054 would not change the ballot process rules for all time, but instead make an exception to the normal process in just this one instance.

Representatives in the state House moved to change the process only after true immigration reformers and activists in the state were successful at getting a referendum added to November's ballot that would overturn the state's law that grants driver's licenses...

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