Oregon Measure 88: Only persons legally present should drive in Oregon

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David Olen Cross
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26 September 2014
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National News
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The action by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and the state Legislature on Senate Bill 833 last year granting some form of Oregon driver's license, called a driver's card, to foreign nationals illegally present in the state [illegal aliens], passed in part under the pretense that the legislation was a matter of public safety.

But the law is disconnected from the reality of driving in our state, considering the previous dangers illegal immigrant drivers have posed to Oregonians.

In a series of annual reports required by an Oregon law (House Bill 3624) the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reported the legal presence requirement in driver licensing brought about by the passage of Senate Bill 1080 in 2008 has not had a significant impact on the rate of unlicensed and uninsured driving.

Before the passage of legislation requiring that drivers show legal presence, the state did issue driver's licenses to illegal [alien] immigrants. But that didn't seem to motivate them, in the name of public safety, to obtain automobile insurance or in some cases even have a valid driver's license. Here are seven victims whose lives were extinguished violently and prematurely by those illegally present that chose to drive their motor vehicles impaired and recklessly.

Judyth Anne Cox, a 66-year-old wife and mother of two, was killed in Yamhill County on Dec. 3, 2007, by Mexican national Ignacio Merendon-Zerega. He had six prior DUIIs. Merendon-Zerega had no driver's license or insurance.

Carma Colleen Smith, a 52-year-old wife and mother of seven, was killed in Yamhill County on May 11, 2008, (Mothers Day) by Mexican national Leonel Zurita-Loeza. He was on a diversion for a previous DUII at the time he killed Smith. Zurita-Loeza had a driver's license but no insurance...

If past history is any indicator, SB833 is a law that could once again open up Oregon's roads to the slaughter of its citizens by foreign nationals illegally present in the state.

Oregon voters concerned about future public safety of the state's roads can stop SB833 from becoming state law on Nov. 4, during the 2014 Oregon general election, by voting "no" on Measure 88.


For more information, see Protect Oregon Driver Licenses.