On August 1 the Oregon Secretary of State’s Elections office assigned a title to the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses citizen’s veto referendum #301, Ballot Measure 88, to put before the state’s voters Senate Bill 833.
The passage of Ballot Measure 88 by the state’s voters during the upcoming November 4, 2014 General Election would require the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles to grant to persons “who cannot prove legal presence in the United States” a special state issued identification called a driver’s card.
In reaction to state driver cards’ legislation, current and past members of county and local law enforcement across the state have stepped forward to oppose the ballot measure.
The Sheriff’s of Oregon political action committee (SOO PAC), representing the political and public safety concerns of 36 of state’s county sheriffs, has come out in opposition to the legislation with the following statement: “The Sheriffs of Oregon support the citizens veto referendum #301 to overturn SB 833. We urge a NO vote.”
Tom Bergin, the current Clatsop County Sheriff and former President of the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, made these statements about the driver cards’ legislation: “It is wrong to provide special driver’s licenses to people who cannot prove legal presence in the United States. For Oregon to do so, will only enhance the ability for criminal behavior, thus creating a larger risk to our citizens public safety. The Sheriffs of Oregon urge you to oppose this measure.”
Tim Muller, recently retired Sheriff of Linn County, made his thoughts known on driver cards: “Giving a person a driver’s license who is in this country illegally is flat out irresponsible and does nothing to protect the citizens of this state.”
Duane Fletchell, a retired Marion County Sheriff’s Sergeant, reacted this way to the undocumented being granted driver cards: “I am against Oregon Senate Bill 833, for two main reasons: the safety and tranquility of all (Oregon residents) and to protect our national security.”
Dave Driscoll, a retired Salem Police officer, had strong words on whether those who could not prove legal presence in the state should be legally allowed to drive: “ Fair, and equal treatment under the law. This is just a way for a select group of people to avoid Oregon law. It will not increase traffic safety or lower the number of uninsured drivers in this state. If allowed to stand Oregon could become a safe haven for criminals and terrorists.”
Oregon voters should heed the wisdom of members of the law enforcement community across the state who have joined together with the citizens from Protect Oregon Driver Licenses to oppose driver cards for those “who cannot prove legal presence in the United States,” and vote “No” on Ballot Measure 88.
David Olen Cross of Salem writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.